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S&P cuts long-term outlook for US debt to negative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Standard & Poor's Ratings Service downgraded its outlook Monday on the United States' sovereign debt, expressing unprecedented doubts over the ability of Washington to bring the massive federal budget deficits under control in the next three years.

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Gas in 6 states, nation’s capital tops $4 a gallon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Add New York to the growing list of states where gas prices are topping $4 per gallon. On Sunday, the Empire State became the sixth state to top $4 for the average price of a gallon of gas, joining Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii and Illinois ...

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Deal sought for man in George W. Bush threat

Lawyers say they’re seeking a pre-trial deal for an upstate New York man charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm former President George W. Bush. Federal prosecutor Bradley Tyler and Ian Rotunno’s attorney ...

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International judge rules against lawyers’ wigs

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Hair today, gone tomorrow. A judge has asked lawyers to shed their wigs next time they appear before her at the International Criminal Court. A handful of attorneys appeared Monday in traditional black gowns and white horsehair wigs ...

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Smugglers find creative ways to move contraband

NEWARK, N.J. — The package surprised even veteran law enforcement officials used to seeing all kinds of contraband smuggled into prisons: It was a child’s coloring book, dedicated “to daddy” and mailed to a New Jersey inmate, with crayon-colored scribbling made from a paste containing drugs.

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Birds Eye to close Upstate NY plant this year

FULTON — The parent company of Birds Eye says it will close its vegetable processing plant in central New York and move operations to facilities in the upper Midwest.

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