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Pakistani al-Qaeda Leader Killed In U.S. Strike In Afghanistan

The Pentagon announced yesterday that it had killed a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban. In a statement, the Pentagon said that Qari Yasin was killed in a U.S. airstrike on March 19 in Afghanistan's Paktika Province. It said he was a "senior terrorist figure" and that he had plotted the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and the 2008 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad. Reuters reports that Yasin was killed in a drone strike....

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Syracuse Common Councilors Wednesday approved what they fear might be the city’s last application for an annual allotment of federal grant money.  The anticipated $4.5 million in year 43 of Community Development Block Grant funding is expected to come through as planned sometime this summer.  But the program’s future is in question after President Trump proposed to cut it from the budget.  Councilor Helen Hudson says  CDBG currently comprises only three percent of the federal budget.

A Russian billionaire paid former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort millions of dollars to boost the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press reports. The new allegations arise months after Manafort resigned from the campaign amid concerns over his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

In a hearing that stretched through nearly 12 hours Tuesday, the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch took a long step toward Senate confirmation.

Barring an utterly unforeseen reversal when the questioning resumes Wednesday, observers expect Judiciary Committee approval along party lines on April 3 and a similar win on the Senate floor.

Twenty senators took turns asking questions for half an hour each. The Republicans tried to get the country to share their affinity for the nominee. The Democrats tried to tie him to President Trump.

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An 18-year veteran of the Syracuse Police force was honored Tuesday for her dedication to keeping animals safe in the community.   The recognition came one day after the sheriff announced an animal abuser registry.

The Humane Society of the United States bestowed its Humane Law Enforcement award upon Officer Rebecca Thompson for her compassion and for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  She says she’s always taken notice of pets while on the job.

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The City of Syracuse’s longstanding infrastructure problems seem to be even more commonplace with water main breaks during the winter.  Members of the Rebuild New York Now coalition joined Mayor Stephanie Miner today to share similar concerns about the impacts of bad infrastructure on water quality or contamination.  She feels optimistic about Governor Cuomo’s pledge to spend a massive amount on infrastructure repairs.  Now she hopes state lawmakers will include those plans in the State Budget.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the opposition in the legislature, Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, both agree that a new provision in the federal health care act repeal will harm the state and its taxpayers. Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York”.

This spring, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., will host a three-day event co-hosted by a business group.

That's not unusual. But here's what is: The group's chair founded the company that paid President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, for lobbying work that may have benefited the Turkish government.

This mashup of money involving Turks, Flynn and Trump has concerned ethics experts who worry about a "pay to play" atmosphere in Washington. Here are the basics:

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Airline passengers coming to the U.S. and Britain on direct flights from a number of majority-Muslim nations must now place most electronic devices, including laptops, tablets and cameras, in checked baggage under stepped-up security measures, the Trump administration and the British government said.

Passengers can still carry smartphones into the plane's cabin, but nothing larger, officials from the two countries added.

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Men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim and SU athletic director John Wildhack address the media in a press conference Monday, talking about the unexpected departure of assistant coach and head coach designate Mike Hopkins, who has been a part of Boeheim's staff for over 20 years. Hopkins took the head coaching job at the University of Washington on Sunday. The two speak of the future of the program, with Boeheim deciding to remain the coach of the team, but does not mention how long his contract will go.

At an hours-long public hearing on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he pushed back against President Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama.

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