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Activists in two separate protests against the Trump administration's immigration policies were arrested at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday — one group unfurling a banner calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while in another act of defiance, a woman climbed the statue's base to protest immigrant family separations.

U.S. whiskey distillers are fretting over the steep new tariffs they're facing around the world. They're being punished as U.S. trading partners retaliate against the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. Now, the distillers fear that a long boom in U.S. whiskey exports could be coming to an end.

Kentucky bourbon has experienced a huge revival over the past decade — thanks in large part to U.S. trade initiatives that have opened up global markets, says Eric Gregory of the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

Onondaga County Parks

Many Onondaga County residents might think they’re doing good by throwing anything plastic with a recycle symbol in their blue bin for recycling.  After all, we have one of the best recycling rates in the nation.  But Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency spokesperson Kristen Lawton says over-eager recyclers might actually be doing harm to the recycling stream.

A week ago, Yeni Gonzalez was in an immigration detention center in Arizona more than 2,000 miles from her children.

On Tuesday, the 29-year-old stood outside the social services agency in New York City where she had just seen her kids for the first time in 45 days, clutching a blue and white lollipop in her hand.

"I feel very happy because I just saw my children, and my daughter gave me that lollipop," Gonzalez said in Spanish.

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For the first time ever, public schools in Central New York and across the state are mandated to teach mental health awareness.  The idea is to help students understand their own well-being…and that of others who may be in distress.  

Director of the State Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Doctor Jay Carruthers  says a recent state survey shows that youth suicide attempts continue to rise.

Deborah Levy opens her new memoir, The Cost of Living, by telling us one of those small stories whose size, like an ant or a virus, stands in inverse proportion to its power.

As Levy recalls, one night, she was sitting alone in a bar in the Caribbean. Near her, a muscled middle-aged guy whose silver hair was gathered into a manbun started chatting up a young woman. Levy comes to refer to him as "Big Silver."

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Anyone trying to take care of a claim at the Syracuse social security field office probably knows the wait times are extremely long.  In fact, Senator Chuck Schumer says the office has the largest case backlog in the state because the office can’t keep up with requests due to a lack of staffing and the flood of baby boomers reaching retirement age. 

He stopped by the Cicero Senior Center Monday, where some residents said they’ve experienced the delays first-hand.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hammered out a last-minute deal to end a political standoff with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, over the country's migration policy that threatened to collapse their coalition government.

Seehofer, who is also the leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union — which is closely linked to Merkel's Christian Democrats — had threatened to resign because the chancellor would not refuse entry to migrants who have asylum claims pending in other European Union countries.

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It can be difficult and lonely being the caregiver for a veteran or member of the military here in Central New York … but some help and support is now available.  Kristin Muir is taking care of her husband Justin, who spent two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Some days he does really well and some days are really hard.  Sometimes he needs help getting out of bed; sometimes he needs to be stretched.  A lot of times it’s emotional helping him with his flashbacks and memories and just trying to keep him back on track.”

The U.S. Department of Education is in the midst of a top-to-bottom review of a troubled federal grant program for public school teachers. The effort follows reporting by NPR that found many teachers had their grants unfairly converted to loans, leaving some with more than $20,000 in debt. In recent weeks, 19 U.S.

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