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First Niagara Bank is buying the upstate New York branches of HSBC.

It is a one-billion dollar cash deal and it will result in First Niagara becoming the number one bank in Western New York.
The HSBC branch on Main Street in Batavia will become a First Niagara branch as will three HSBC branches in Orleans County and one in Attica.
Most of the HSBC branch employees are expected to be retained by First Niagara.

The family of a disabled Iraq war veteran, who fell to his death from a roller coaster at Darien Lake, has decided to sue the local amusement park.
The family of Sgt. James Hackemer has hired Cellino and Barnes to bring suit against the park. No dollar amount of the law suit has been revealed.
The State Department of Labor issued two citations against Darien Lake in connection with Hackemer’s death.
The Labor Department found that ride operators did not follow the park’s safety procedures by allowing Hackener, a double amputee, to ride the coaster. The department also found that Darien Lake did not properly train the ride operators.
The Hackemer family originally said they did not hold Darien Lake responsible. Their lawyer says that statement was made in the heat of an emotional moment and before additional facts came out.

Police in Albion recover what they believe was a bomb that was more than a decade old.
Late yesterday afternoon Albion Police were called to a location on Caroline Street for a suspicious object a homeowner discovered while digging holes in his front yard.
The object appeared to be a pipe with a fuse attached.
Police think the object had been in the ground for 15 years or more.
The Monroe County Bomb Squad was brought in. They took the object to a safe location and blew it up.
They determined it did contain an explosive substance and because of its rusted condition, they believe it was discarded many years ago.

It was a very noisy early morning in Genesee County.
A line of thunderstorms rumbled across the central and southern portions of the county around 4a.m. today.
It prompted a Severe Thunderstorm warning, which was lifted by 5:30a.m.
The National Weather Service has posted a Small Stream Flood Advisory until 8:15 this morning.
There were a few scattered power outages.

Another rock concert at Darien Lake on Saturday: 64 arrests were made at the Goo-Goo Dolls concert, 54 of those for underage drinking.
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