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A farewell to Main Street Exchange

SARANAC LAKE — The Main Street Exchange consignment shop is permanently closing in a week, but before she moves the racks of clothes and Tinker the store cat out of the downtown business, shop owner Tori Vazquez is throwing a “celebration of life” party for the shop on Thursday noon to 7 ...

Great Lakes record historic low ice cover

ROCHESTER — Ice cover on the Great Lakes is at record-low levels right now, a sign of the winter warmth this year — and with that comes the possibility of late-season lake effect snow. Ice coverage achieves its statistical peak for the Great Lakes on Feb. 22, but on Feb. 20, there was ...

Man accused of kidnapping 9-year-old girl pleads guilty

BALLSTON SPA (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a state park in upstate New York pleaded guilty to two felony counts and faces 47 years to life in prison. Craig N. Ross Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday under a plea deal to first-degree kidnapping and predatory sexual ...

DEA agent on trial accused of taking $250K in bribes from Mafia

BUFFALO (AP) — The way prosecutors tell it, Joseph Bongiovanni went to work for years with a “little dark secret.” Behind the veneer of a veteran U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, they alleged, was a turncoat on the take from the Buffalo Mafia, offering an “umbrella of ...