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DNA used to wrap up 1983 Buffalo murder

A Buffalo woman has been charged with the murder of 92-year-old World War I veteran, Edmund C. Schreiber, 33 years after the murder occurred.

Saundra Adams, a 50-year-old librarian, was charged on Wednesday morning, and police believe she acted with one other person, according to The Buffalo News.

Schreiber was found strangled in his home with his own neck-ties and Adams’ DNA was found on the neck-ties in 1983.

Judge David W. Foley denied defense attorney Susan Karalus’s request for bail stating the length of time between the murder and the charge should be considered an aggravating factor and not mitigating, given the “brutality of the crime.”

Buffalo urban planners looking to develop Outer Harbor area by summer 2017

Urban planning experts hope to re-ignite progress on the development of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor by summer 2017.

Tim Tielman, an expert in urban planning, proposed a plan to develop the Outer Harbor.

Tielman proposed several new “light” features, including: two ferries to go between Canalside and the Outer Harbor, barbecue area, bar cafe and lifeguard-style chairs, which would allow people to watch the sunset over Lake Erie.

The project would cost around $5 million.

Wells Fargo fined for illegal credit card practice

Wells Fargo was fined $185 million in fines on Sept. 8 after it was discovered that the national bank’s employees had secretly opened credit cards for customers without their consent. Regulators estimated 1.5 billion bank accounts and 565,000 credit card applications were created fraudulantly according to The New York Times.

Customers became suspicious after receiving unexpected fees and receiving credit cards they never applied for. The bank said it would refund about $2.6 million in fees.

The bank fired roughly 5,300 employees involved in the fraud, according to NPR.

Gary Johnson makes Allepo gaffe

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s flub in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday has made national news. When Johnson was asked what he would do about the situation in Aleppo, Johnson responded, “And what is Aleppo?”

Aleppo is a major city in war-torn Syria, the center of the humanitarian crisis, according to ABC News.

Johnson later issued an apology for his lapse. Johnson said that he is “human,” but as president, he would surround himself with well-informed experts to fill the gaps in his knowledge, according to The New York Times.


North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear test

North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test on Sept. 9.

This test caused a 5.3 seismic earthquake, which was the greatest explosion yet, according to CNN.

World leaders from the U.S., Japan, China and South Korea have condemned the nuclear tests. Obama called the tests a “grave threat to international security.”

North Korea has still not achieved its goal of mounting a nuclear warhead to a ballistic missile, according to CNN. Officials still fear the regime is progressing faster than previously expected to weaponizing the missiles.

Facebook lifts ban on iconic “Napalm Girl” photo

Facebook received international criticism after it censored a Nobel-prize winning photograph, according to CNNMoney.

The photograph features a Vietnamese naked young girl running from a napalm attack and was banned because of the child nudity.

Facebook decided to allow the photograph stating its historical significance outweighed its violation of Facebook’s community standards.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will “continue to improve polices to make sure they both promote free expression and keep our community safe."

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