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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  A Rochester man previously arrested during a protest over Daniel Prude's death is now accused by federal prosecutors of posting incendiary messages and instructions to make a Molotov cocktail.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in western New York on Friday charged Ryan Howe of Rochester with intending to incite a riot by making provocative Facebook posts earlier this week. The posts came after a grand jury in Louisville declined to charge police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  Two protesters accused of attacking police officers during a demonstration over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude face federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that a Greece man has been charged with threatening to kill Senator Chuck Schumer and California Congressman Adam Schiff.

It’s alleged that on January 23, the Washington, D.C. office of Schiff got a voice mail that included a death threat.

On February 4, officials say the Albany office of Schumer received a threatening voice mail that also contained a death threat to the senator.

The US Attorney's Office has filed charges against three businesses for defrauding the Rochester schools modernization program. 

Journee Construction Inc., Bell Mechanical Contractors, and Kaplan Schmidt Electric were under investigation relating to the improper use of "pass through" minority contractors, according to a statement released Tuesday from US Attorney James Kennedy, Western District of New York.   

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The U.S. Attorney’s office says that seven people have been charged as part of a drug trafficking operation in the Rochester area.

And authorities say that ongoing investigation and the attempt to execute a search warrant is related to the incident on Burbank Street in Rochester on Monday where police shot and wounded  two men.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the alleged drug dealers were involved in transporting and selling cocaine as well as being involved in violence that was part of the drug trade.

After months-long investigations by the Secret Service in western New York, the feds have a warning for consumers and businesses about a scheme that uses stolen credit cards to buy reloadable gift cards.

"The reason that criminals want to put credit card value onto gift cards is because a gift card is in a sense just a wallet full of money," said Bill Hochul, the U.S. Attorney for western New York.