Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison Following Plea That Implicated Trump

Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. Those three years would be followed by three years of supervised release, and Cohen also is subject to forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and fines totaling $100,000. Cohen had asked for leniency. He said in court, however, that he accepts responsibility for his actions. ...

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The former head of key economic develop programs for Governor Andrew Cuomo, including the Buffalo Billion, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday.  Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, who was convicted in July of bid rigging and other corruption charges, was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

Kaloyeros was found guilty of helping steer hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funded state contracts to favored developers. 

The United Kingdom is embroiled in its biggest political crisis in decades. On Wednesday evening, members of Parliament in Prime Minister Theresa May's own Conservative Party are casting ballots in a no-confidence vote over her leadership. May needs to win a simple majority of votes from her party's parliamentarians to keep her job.

Here's what you need to know.

Why do members of the prime minister's own party want to sack her?

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he backs a pay commission’s recommendation that he and the legislature receive a more than 60 percent pay increase over the next three years, which would make Cuomo the highest paid governor in the nation.


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The Romaine lettuce recall from three weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving, is probably still fresh in the minds of many Central New Yorkers.  The shelves were bare at just about every supermarket and salads weren’t available at restaurants for at least a week due to e-coli contamination. 


Teams at the college basketball level can find success running a number of different styles of offense. Infact even the Syracuse Men's Baskteball team has had a few different offensive styles that have found success. But this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Jonathon Hoppe explains there has always been a strong correlation between success and three point shooting for Jim Boeheim's squads. 

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Women’s rights advocates in Central New York are trying to rally opposition to proposed changes to the laws that govern sexual assault and harassment in schools. They say a victim’s ability to report an assault, and have it investigated, would be stifled if the amendments become law. 


The Google+ social network inadvertently gave app developers access to information on some 52.5 million users — even data that users designated as private — because of a "bug" in its software, Google says. The company had already announced it was pulling the plug on the social network because of an earlier incident, and now says the shutdown will happen four months sooner.

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The state Board of Regents recommends that an additional $2.1 billion be spent on schools next year, and that a 12 year old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over a the next three years. The proposal is being applauded by school funding advocacy groups.


Syracuse and Onondaga County Partner on Effort to Employ the Homeless

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Syracuse and Onondaga County are teaming up on a joint effort to offer work experience to the community’s homeless population.  The pilot program “Hire Ground Workforce Development” is aimed at the estimated 40 panhandlers and others living outside. 


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Congress Member John Katko knows things will be different when he returns to Washington for his third term representing the 24th district that includes Syracuse.  Last week we told you, he’s optimistic about getting making some progress on issues such as health care and infrastructure improvements … at least for one year before the 2020 presidential campaign heats up. 


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