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FILE - In this June 12, 1962, file photo, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is shown the day three prisoners escaped. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists concluded the three men could have made it to land north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they left between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.  Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found. (AP Photo/File)
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FILE -In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria.  On Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, the court-martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists, connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the condemned men, Femi Falana, said the 54 soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad. He said five soldiers were acquitted.(AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga FILE)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
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  • 2014 recap, February: McDonalda s worker fired after picking up tab

    The most popular story of the month on came from the southern tier. A McDonald's restaurant employee lost her job in Olean, and said it was because she paid for firefighters' breakfast tab. WIVB-TV Buffalo, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 05:06 PM
  • Man pleads not guilty to shooting neighbor

    A western New York man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting his tenant in the driveway of their Buffalo-area home. Erie County prosecutors say 54-year-old Thomas Szczesniak is charged with second-degree murder in the October death of 54-year-old Joseph Lawrence Jr. in Cheektowaga. MyFoxNY, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 07:34 PM
  • Customs & Border Protection launch wait time app

    People entering the United States from Canada or Mexico have a new tool to avoid long waits at the border. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske on Wednesday demonstrated a new border wait time app developed by the agency to help travelers better choose when and where to enter the country. Newsday, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 06:40 PM
  • UB Police Organizing Popular Citizens' Police Academy for 2015

    "Our annual Citizens' Police Academy is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to take an inside look at policing and actually experience what being a University at Buffalo police officer is all about." BUFFALO, N.Y. University at Buffalo Police will hold their annual Citizens' Police Academy beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11, the first installment of a nine-week program giving the university community an up-close, behind-the-scenes look into the working life of a campus police officer. University at Buffalo, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 04:26 PM
  • ECIDA approves tax breaks for three projects

    A trio of projects - all aimed at bringing vacant Buffalo structures back to life - have received Erie County Industrial Development Agency support. Collectively, the three projects represent private sector investment of more than $18 million and will receive property and sales breaks of less than $700,000. Business Journal, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 03:06 PM
  • There's an app for that: New app shows wait times to cross borders into Canada/Mexico

    People traveling between the United States and Canada or Mexico have a new tool to avoid long waits at the border. The federal agency's commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, will demonstrate the application at the international Peace Bridge in Buffalo. WSTM-TV Syracuse, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 11:24 AM
  • One of Joe Galuski's Favorite Phrases

    Joe Galuski's been working behind a radio microphone for a LONG TIME!!! In the business since 1975, and here at WSYR for 23 years and counting!!! Can he keep it up folks? In fact, he's worked at all times of the day at the Mighty WSYR anytime from 5 in the morning up to 7 at night. But it wasn't until 1998 that he found his favorite time of day to be at the the host of Central New... Joe Galuski's been working behind a radio microphone for a LONG TIME!!! In the business since 1975, and here at WSYR for 23 years and counting!!! Can he keep it up folks? In fact, he's worked at all times of the day at the Mighty WSYR anytime from 5 in the morning up to 7 at night. WSYR-AM Syracuse, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 07:30 AM
  • Reward offered for escaped inmate

    Erie County Sheriff Deputies are on the look out for a prisoner who escaped from custody following a court date. 29-year-old Thomas Walsh of Buffalo was awaiting transport at the Buffalo City Court lockup following his arraignment when he managed to slip away. WNED, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 07:02 AM
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