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MOSCOW (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will speak in a video call Tuesday, the Kremlin said, as tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border that's seen as a sign of a potential invasion.

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Mike Navarra of Saranac Lake looks over some of the Christmas wreaths he made for the season. A large number of area wreath-makers have their products on display during the upcoming Christmas season.

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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has fired anchor Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the politician faced sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.

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Leaders of New York's public college system are standing behind Chancellor James Malatras, who has faced calls to resign after the release of text messages showing he mocked one of the women who later accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the "easy answers" of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests.

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Streetlights offer a warm glow on a chilly evening near Plattsburgh City beach recently. Work has been continuing on recent clean-up and renovation efforts at the beach, with the Department of Public Works working to remove much of the overgrown brush and deadfall that had steadily encroache…

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Pair still maintaining not guilty pleas over murder of Crisie Luebbers

PLATTSBURGH — Two defendants accused of murdering a Lyon Mountain woman in a Peru home in July pleaded guilty to multiple drug possession charges in county court Wednesday, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said.

Craig Foster agreed to a 16-year sentence as a second felony offender in his plea agreement that satisfied three separate indictments, a news release from District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie's office said.

Nicole Cayea accepted a 10-year sentence as a second felony offender on two indictments. Sentencing for both is scheduled for February.

Cayea and Foster continue to maintain their not guilty pleas in the murder of Crisie Luebbers, the release said.

GRAND JURY

Foster, 37, and Cayea, 42, were both indicted by a Clinton County grand jury in June on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. Cayea was separately charged with two fentanyl sales in November and December of 2020.

In a second indictment in June, Foster and Cayea were charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The jury accused the pair of possessing fentanyl and methamphetamine with the intent to sell them.

In two September indictments, Foster was charged with three more counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing fentanyl and one-half ounce or more of cocaine with the intent to sell. He was also accused of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having fluorofentanyl and four ounces or more of cocaine with the intent to sell each.

GUILTY PLEAS

Cayea pleaded guilty to the two third-degree criminal sale and controlled substance offenses under one indictment for a five-year sentence and three years of post-release supervision.

She additionally pleaded guilty to a third-degree criminal possession charge under the second indictment for an additional five-year sentence, which runs consecutively with the first sentence, and three years supervision.

Cayea could be sentenced up to $30,000 for each count in February, the release said.

Foster pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with one indictment and another third-degree possession charge in another for a second six-year sentence that runs concurrently with the first one.

He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree possession charge for a 10-year sentence, which runs consecutively, and five years supervision.

Foster can be sentenced up to $30,000 for each third-degree count and $50,000 the second-degree charge, the release said.

The pair’s next court date for those charges are on Jan. 6.

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Fried doughnuts and hot chocolate will be served outdoors in the synagogue's parking lot on the sixth night of the Festival of Lights.

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PLATTSBURGH — More than 300 master’s and undergraduate students are eligible to cross the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium stage during SUNY Plattsburgh’s winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 18.

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PLATTSBURGH — As the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments in a pivotal abortion case Wednesday, demonstrators lined up outside the federal courthouse on Drukee Street to voice their opposition to Roe v. Wade and abortion access in the United States.

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With hundreds of demonstrators outside chanting for and against, the justices led arguments that could decide the fate of the court's historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe.

CHAMPLAIN — A boil water order has been issued in the Village of Champlain for 11101 Route 9, 6 to 40 Pine St., 44 Spruce St., 72, 75, 77 and 81 Church St.

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The variant has been identified in 19 countries including Canada.

ALBANY -- The leader of the 64-campus State University system acknowledged Tuesday he "should have used different language" when he employed profanity to curse a woman after she described the Cuomo administration as toxic.

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