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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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Police Hunt For Gunman Who Shot At Firefighters Near Rochester [UPDATED with VIDEO]

Webster, NY (WIBX) - UPDATE: WHAM-TV (ABC) is reporting two firefighters are dead as houses continue to burn in Webster, New York.

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New York City and Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time [PHOTOS]

Andrea and I make an annual trip to Manhattan to see the Christmas scenes.  Here's a look at the Big Apple at holiday time from our 2012 trip.

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The Road Work Season In Central NY Is Coming To An End

If you travel up route 5 through North Utica heading to Herkimer and beyond, you'll have to stop again at the Burger King as the full function traffic light has returned. In other traffic news, in Whitesboro along Route 69, the traffic signal work at the Whitestown Plaza / Whitesboro Middle School entrance will continue for just a bit longer. You'll encounter sporadic, short-term lane closures controlled by flaggers.

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Five States Set to Expand Classroom Hours by 300 Hours

Earlier this week, five states announced plans to add a minimum of 300 extra hours to molding young minds in the classroom next year in hopes of strengthening the American student performance.

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New York Citizens Joins List of States Petitioning for Secession from the United States

Since the reelection of President Barack Obama, the petitions section of Whitehouse.gov has played host to a succession of secessionist requests to withdraw from the union, including one from New York State.

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Another Utica Retailer Salutes Our Vets Today

First off, thank you to everyone who stopped by area Herb Philipsons on Saturday and put Sand Dollars into the box for Hurricane Sandy relief. While I was meeting wonderful Central New Yorkers at the New Hartford Shopping Center Saturday, I also noticed that they are also commited to saluting our Vets.

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New York’s Electoral Map County Breakdown – What Counties Changes Parties Between 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections?

Watching national coverage of presidential elections, New York is a solid block of blue.  No TV network's 'magic wall' will zoom in on New York State like they will on Florida and Ohio.  So have you ever wondered what a county-by-county breakdown of the Empire State looks like?

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You Can’t Complain If You Don’t Vote

The candidates have pounded the pavement, kissed babies and hugged constitutes. Now it is time for you to cast your vote for the candidates you feel are best qualified. Today we'll vote for politicians to serve our state and our nation. If you have registered to vote get out and cast your ballot. Did you know there have been some changes in polling place locations?

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New York and New Jersey Face Crippling Gasoline Shortages Following Hurricane Sandy

Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed and clean-up has begun, a crippling gasoline shortage has gripped parts of the tri-state area.

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WonderWorks And The Canyon Climb Adventure Is Coming to Destiny USA in Syracuse [VIDEO]

Just when you thought the Carousel Center in Syracuse couldn't get any bigger with the addition of Destiny USA, lookout, here comes an upside-down amusement park for the mind. Wonderworks will officially open its upside-down doors on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., on Level 3 of Destiny USA’s new canyon area. The grand opening celebration will continue through Saturday, the 10th. If your lucky enough to be one of the first 100 guests in line you'll get free general admission into WonderWorks. What is WonderWorks?

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New York State Establishes Sandy Help Line

Governor Andrew Cuomo has set up a phone number New York State residents may call to receive assistance from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

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