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Who gets $1,400 checks in the COVID bill the House just passed?
February 27, 2021, 7:50 am | Source
The House voted to send the $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan to the Senate. Here's who stands to benefit.


Third stimulus check: Potential timeline for $1,400 payments
February 27, 2021, 7:46 am | Source
The House has passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. Now it's up to the Senate, which may end up changing it and send it back to the House.


House passes COVID relief bill, including $1,400 stimulus checks
February 27, 2021, 7:46 am | Source
The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, which includes another round of stimulus checks, now goes to the Senate.


U.S. advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson
February 27, 2021, 7:45 am | Source
The FDA is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make Johnson & Johnson's shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the United States.


VERIFY: Who is the Senate parliamentarian?
February 27, 2021, 7:44 am | Source
A ruling that a $15 minimum wage could not be included in the COVID relief bill marked the first time many had ever heard of the Senate parliamentarian.


US releases declassified report on murder of Jamal Khashoggi
February 27, 2021, 7:44 am | Source
The 2018 murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul drew bipartisan and international outrage.


Lady Gaga's French bulldogs recovered safely after being stolen in shooting
February 27, 2021, 7:44 am | Source
A woman, who police say appears 'uninvolved' in the armed robbery that left Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, brought the dogs to police Friday night.


Third stimulus check: Potential timeline for $1,400 payments
February 27, 2021, 7:43 am | Source
Lawmakers are inching closer toward approving a third round of stimulus checks. A full House vote is expected Friday on Biden's proposed $1.9T virus relief bill.


$650 million Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement approved by judge
February 27, 2021, 5:36 am | Source
Facebook was accused of using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.


COVID vaccination clinic to start Friday at Genesee Community College
February 27, 2021, 4:20 am | Source
The weeklong clinic will start Friday with 500 vaccine appointments for each day. It answers a wish made by Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming county leaders.


Erie County offers more information on weddings, event venues
February 27, 2021, 4:19 am | Source
Starting March 15, New York State is allowing venues to resume hosting weddings and/or catered events, with several COVID restrictions in place.


Walden Galleria's parent company suing 11 tenants
February 27, 2021, 3:42 am | Source
Court records show that Gap, Alex & Ani, White Barn, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, and Pink are included in the lawsuits.


Report: Lady Gaga's dog walker to make full recovery after shooting
February 27, 2021, 3:29 am | Source
Lady Gaga, who is currently in Italy filming a movie, is offering half-a-million dollars for the safe return of her dogs.


Niagara County leaders push for creation of bike trail along Lake Ontario
February 27, 2021, 1:30 am | Source
The memorandum of understanding comes as parks see a major uptick in people looking to get outside.


VERIFY: When will the U.S. see herd immunity? A timeline from 4 infectious disease experts
February 27, 2021, 1:29 am | Source
Despite the bold assertion from Dr. Martin Makary, experts say herd immunity will take a while. Here's a breakdown from top health experts.


VERIFY: Article on Buffalo Public Schools claims curriculum is infused with a political agenda
February 27, 2021, 1:17 am | Source
Lessons being taught based on Black Lives Matter principles, which the author finds disturbing, are being taken 'out of context,' according to BPS administrator.


Jamestown Police investigating deadly shooting
February 27, 2021, 1:03 am | Source
Police say 43-year-old Angel Rodriguez was taken to UPMC Chautauqua, where he later died.


VERIFY: Are fully vaccinated people still getting COVID-19?
February 27, 2021, 12:52 am | Source
This week the VERIFY team tackled misinformation about vaccines, questions about the costs of winter storms and false claims about a toy line's rebrand.


Erie County to allow 10% capacity at non-collegiate, non-pro sports games
February 27, 2021, 12:44 am | Source
Venues can have more than 10 percent capacity, but would have to make sure everyone entering the event has been tested within 72 hours before the event.


Ruling from state judge on bar, restaurant 11 p.m. curfew expected early next week
February 27, 2021, 12:05 am | Source
Many restaurants and bars have been paying close attention to an ongoing court case focused on challenging New York's closure curfew.


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