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The Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Canadian Rangers. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/28853433@N02/2695693683/">Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Canadian Rangers. Photo: Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Canada observes World War One centenary

It was 100 years ago today that Britain declared war on Germany, and by doing so automatically included Canadians in the First World War.  Go to full article
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Schumer calls for federal rules on drone use

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says privately operated drone aircraft are posing a threat to safety and privacy and should be regulated by the federal government.

The Democrat says New York has become "the wild west" for private drones since a court case limited the federal government's ability to regulate the use of the small, remote controlled aircraft.  Go to full article

NY excludes prison time from sex-abuse law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has amended its penal law to exclude prison and jail time when calculating the 10-year period that elevates a repeated low-level sex offense into a felony.

The law effective Nov. 1 will exclude time locked up from the calculation whereby two or more misdemeanor offenses rise to "persistent sexual abuse" punishable by up to four years in prison.  Go to full article
Sailing on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sailing on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain waterfowl meeting set in 2 states

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) The public is getting a chance to weigh in on the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for the state of Vermont and the Lake Champlain zone in New York.  Go to full article

4 suffer burns when boat explodes in Vermont

CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) Four people have suffered burns after a vintage wooden boat exploded in flames at Point Bay Marina in Charlotte.  Go to full article
Office of Victim Services. Logo: NYS
Office of Victim Services. Logo: NYS

NY awarding $36M in grants to help crime victims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has announced $36 million in grants for 179 community organizations, hospitals, police and agencies statewide for services to crime victims.

The grants administered by the Office of Victim Services are expected to expand the assistance network by funding 22 additional providers.  Go to full article
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfullshots/495436157/">Soulfull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: Soulfull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo expected to sign tougher drunken driving law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign an amendment to New York's laws against drunken driving that would turn three DWI-related offenses within 15 years into a felony.

Possible penalties for the felony are up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Go to full article
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/3939455673/">Bobby Hidy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The border crossing at Champlain, NY. Photo: Bobby Hidy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Canadian border crossings could see busy weekend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Customs officials are telling travelers to brace for the possibility of busy border crossings into Canada this weekend.

Monday is the civic holiday in Canada often called "Provincial Day." That can mean more Canadian travelers taking advantage of the long weekend by crossing the border at western and northern New York crossings.  Go to full article
Photo: Brad Miller
Photo: Brad Miller

NY Antique Boat Museum holds its 50th annual show

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) The Antique Boat Museum on the St. Lawrence River is holding its 50th annual show and auction this weekend.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the museum's first boat show in 1965 featured 18 antique boats and a small exhibition. Up to 125 antique boats are expected to take part in this weekend's festivities at the museum in Clayton, in the Thousand Islands region along the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Donald Trump at a press conference in 2008. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donald_Trump_announcing_latest_David_Blaine_feat_3.jpg">David Shankbone</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Donald Trump at a press conference in 2008. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Donald Trump's attorney has confirmed the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills.

A person close to the process confirmed Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula also have been selected by Morgan Stanley, a firm overseeing the sale for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale process is supposed to be private.  Go to full article

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