Hamas And Israel Agree To Egyptian-Brokered Cease-Fire

An Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip that sparked a round of rocket fire and retaliatory air strikes appears to have been quieted after both sides agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Hamas said in a statement that "the Egyptian efforts have resulted in re-enforcing the ceasefire with the Israeli occupation." The statement thanked "the efforts of Egypt, Qatar, Norway, and UN exerted to stop the Israeli attack." The Israeli government also signed on to the agreement. The...

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Trump Nominates Retired Gen. John Abizaid To Be Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

President Trump on Tuesday announced the nomination of retired Army Gen. John Abizaid as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia — a move that would fill a vacancy that has been open since the administration's first days. Abizaid, known for serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command and overseeing the war in Iraq, is currently the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and works as a private consultant. As the head of CENTCOM from July 2003...

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's temporary appointment was legal, the Justice Department said in a memo on Wednesday — but it did not address whether he must recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

President Trump has the power to appoint Whitaker as an acting replacement for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions because Whitaker has been a senior enough leader for more than a year, the Office of Legal Counsel concluded.

Whitaker was Sessions' chief of staff.

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After days of mounting criticism for mishandling ballots and overall election mismanagement as Florida conducts three statewide recounts, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has suggested she might not want to stay on the job for long.

Mayor Dayton King
NYS Police

The mayor of Gloversville has been arrested for a second time while in office. New York State Police say 40-year-old Dayton King was charged with falsifying business records, official misconduct and petit larceny. Police say an investigation showed the Republican had been using the City of Gloversville postage meter for personal business and falsifying its ledger. He is due in city court Monday. King pleaded guilty to a violation in September related to an official misconduct charge that arose in the last mayoral election, which he narrowly won.

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Rich Guthrie and Tom Lake have migrated back to Studio A to answer your birding questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Albany County officials gather Wednesday
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Albany County has become the first in the state to reallocate funding received from the federal government for housing undocumented migrants toward helping those individuals seek asylum.

Votes are still being counted in several House races. But the AP has called another race in California, projecting Democrat Josh Harder the winner in the Modesto-area 10th Congressional District over incumbent Republican Jeff Denham.

That means, more than a week after Election Day, Democrats have increased their House gains to a net of 33 seats — and, when all the vote is counted, they may get to 39.

Make no mistake: That is a very big wave.

Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council approved a tax cut proposed by the mayor Tuesday night.

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Facebook: Amazon.com

After an intense competition from cities and regions in the U.S. and Canada, Amazon has announced its new East Coast headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and in Arlington, Virginia. New York state offered the online retail giant $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to come to New York. 

UAlbany

Earlier this month, Dr. Karen Hitchcock was one of three recipients of the University at Albany Foundation's Citizen Laureate Awards. Here is Hitchcock’s interview with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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