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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 16, 2014 — Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.
Apr 16, 2014 — Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.
Apr 16, 2014 — After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's two Pulitzer Prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post.

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Inside Dark Island's Castle

The details of a new tourism destination on the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay are starting to emerge. Buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave state and local officials a peek yesterday of what visitors could see as early as next summer. The media was also invited on the tour. David Sommerstein went along.  Go to full article

Ames Closing will Cost Hundreds of North Country Jobs

Ames Department stores are going out of business. And with 327 stores nationwide and almost 22,000 employees, the impacts reach far and wide. As Jody Tosti reports, hundreds of jobs will be lost in the North Country alone and some communities will lose their only department store.  Go to full article

Ames to Close All Stores

Ames Department Stores chain announced today it will close all its locations nationwide, leaving some 22,000 people without jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Stream Boosts Downtown Watertown

The decision of Stream International to build a high-tech customer service center in the heart of Watertown gives new life to economic development propects downtown. David...  Go to full article

Air Conditioning & Upstate's Decline

Many people are grateful for air conditioning in their offices and homes when temperatures rise, but air conditioning has had a negative effect on much of the Northeast. A...  Go to full article

NYS Tax Collections Down

A study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government finds that New York's tax collections were down by almost 20% in the first quarter of the budget year. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Help For Dairy Farmers Gets Mixed Reviews

Details were announced yesterday on a new federal subsidy program for dairy farmers. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Economy Hits Local Gov'ts

The soft economy has caused fiscal troubles for local governments across New York, including New York City and Buffalo. Now Monroe County, where the city of Rochester is...  Go to full article

Nurses Without Contracts

The union representing nurses and technicians at EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur are holding a candlelight vigil on Friday. The union wants to show support for its 43...  Go to full article

Stream To Bring 700 Jobs To Watertown

Stream International has committed to opening a high-tech customer support center in Watertown. David Sommerstein reports the Massachusetts based company will invest $8...  Go to full article

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