Schneiderman issues consumer alert on ticket scams ahead of Derek Jeter's final games

Attorney General Schneiderman issued tips to help consumers avoid potential scams ahead of Derek Jeter's final MLB games. With the Yankees shortstop, future hall of famer, and five-time world champion set to play what will likely be his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, and his final professional baseball game Sunday in Boston, news reports are already highlighting the enormous demand for tickets and the potential for counterfeit tickets at these events.

Schneiderman's consumer protection tips are intended to help New Yorkers avoid scams when they purchase tickets for major events secondhand. "Unfortunately, major events tend to attract major scammers," he said.

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Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue dogs to attend NYPA Wildlife Festival

PlutoHeart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, and Sunday as part of the New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival. HON will be located outside on "Dog Island." Volunteers invite the public to come meet Libby, Patches, Pluto and Tulip.

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Fashion Outlets expansion to open in October

Macerich, one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of major retail properties, announced this week that Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA will open the doors of its planned expansion on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Grand opening festivities will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, to Sunday, Nov. 9.

The new expansion in the Town of Niagara delivers nearly 175,000 square feet and will open with 35 new tenants, and more to come in 2015. The outlet center will grow to approximately 700,000 square feet and more than 200 top retail names, making Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA one of the largest outlet malls in the country.

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Virtuoso honored by Cristoforo Colombo Society

Sylvia Virtuoso, deputy supervisor/town clerk of the Town of Niagara, is among the honorees for the Cristoforo Colombo Society Annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance, according to Ernest Lucantonio, president.

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Society Banquet Hall, 2223 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Virtuoso will receive the Columbian Award. Virtuoso, as a partner in Guido's Upholstering and Decorating Center, has been a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society since 2009. She was chosen for the award due to her outstanding contributions to the society, the community and her Italian heritage.

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Kid-friendly Band-Aid drive underway to support RPCI

If Luke Gworek has his way, no kid will have to go home from the hospital with a sad-faced Band-Aid ever again.

Luke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December. One day after administering chemotherapy injections, Luke's nurse apologized because the only kid-friendly Band-Aid she had left was one with a sad frowning face on it.

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NBC News/Marist poll: America shrugs off scandals plaguing NFL

According to an exclusive new NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent of Americans say the recent outcry about domestic violence in the NFL hasn't changed how much professional football they watch - and less than a third of the nation believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign. 

The poll also finds a majority of Americans - including nearly six in 10 self-described football fans - say they disapprove of the way the NFL has handled the domestic-violence allegations.

Additional analysis from NBC News' Mark Murray is below.

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