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'Hero' guard, shoppers among Buffalo shooting victims

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Aaron Salter was a beloved community member and security guard who knew the shoppers of Tops Friendly Market by name. When they came under attack from a gunman with a rifle, he s...

New Era Cap CEO charged after parking lot altercation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the company that makes baseball caps for the country's biggest sports leagues was arraigned on a felony charge Monday in Buffalo, New York, after allegedly driving his...

'Zero-COVID' lockdowns cancel AP exams for students in China

Thousands of high school students in China learned Friday that COVID-19 restrictions will prevent them from taking Advanced Placement exams that many prepared for to improve their chances of attending...

Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widel...

Driver in shoot-out, chase with Buffalo police arraigned

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A driver who engaged Buffalo police in a lengthy gunfight, striking and injuring three officers during a haphazard chase that spanned the city, pleaded not guilty Thursday to atte...

'Multiple officers hit!' Bullets fly in Buffalo police chase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police radio transmissions captured the chaos on the streets of Buffalo during a wild car chase Tuesday evening in which three officers and the fleeing motorist were shot. ...

Buffalo police: 3 officers hit by gunfire during chase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three Buffalo police officers were hit by gunfire Tuesday after a motorist fled a rush-hour traffic stop and led officers on a long chase through the city's streets, while shots f...

Understaffing leaves after-school programs with unmet demand

The return to classrooms for the nation’s schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who, with workdays that outlast school days, are finding crucial after-school programs...

Starbucks workers at 3 more NY stores vote to unionize

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Employees at three more Starbucks stores in suburban Buffalo have voted to form unions, a count of ballots revealed Wednesday, bringing to six the number of uni...

Masks optional in many New York schools after mandate ends

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — School districts across New York state, including many of the largest, made mask wearing optional for students and staff beginning Wednesday as a statewide mandate came to an end....

Former fugitive pleads guilty in 2009 parental kidnapping

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Vermont woman who fled the United States with her daughter in 2009 and lived as a fugitive in Nicaragua to avoid sharing custody with her former same-sex partner pleaded ...

As state mask rules end, school leaders are in the middle

As some of the last statewide mask mandates in the U.S. near an end, decisions about whether students and teachers should continue to wear masks in school are shifting to local leaders, who are caught...

School lunch rules updated to help ease pandemic disruptions

Low-fat chocolate milk instead of only non-fat. Fewer whole-grain offerings. Less severe salt limits. The Biden administration issued transitional standards for school lunches Friday...

With COVID staffing crunch, who’s going to teach the kids?

With teacher absences mounting and substitutes in short supply, parents may be wondering: Who's teaching the kids? The answer around the U.S. could be a local police officer, Nationa...

Judge temporarily restores New York's mask mandate

An appeals judge restored New York’s mask mandate Tuesday, a day after a judge in a lower court ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration lacked the constitutional authority to order people to wea...