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Rochester, New York
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Friday, December 14, 2012
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Cancel Friday, December 14, 2012 Page 7A Sentence reductions seen locally Official contends terms are longer than average Gary Craig Staff writer Federal courts in the Western District of New York appear to grant an unusually high number of sentence reductions for criminals who cooperate, according to data compiled by USA Today. But federal prosecutors here don't portray the region as one that's particularly soft in sentencing. Instead, U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said Traffic Continued from Page 1A average of $3.77 in the Buffalo area, $3.73 in the Rochester area, and $3.66 in the Syracuse area as of Thursday. The price of gas nationally could be close to the average of $3.23 a gallon that drivers paid last Christmas Day. The price has dropped about 50 cents since September. AAA estimates the average price will range between $3.20 and $3.40 a gallon by New Year's Day, according to AAA. That's pricey, but hardly a deterrent to holiday travel. "The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation," says AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet. Area travelers hitting the roads late next week should expect high temperatures in the upper 30s, and a 30 percent chance of rain and snow next Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Meteorologist David Thomas said it's too soon to tell if any major weather events will disrupt holiday travel next weekend. The travel forecast done by IHS Global Insight for AAA, one of the nation's largest leisure travel agencies, is based on interviews with 655 Americans and factors in estimates about the overall health of the economy. While about 1 million more people will drive, fewer will travel by plane. Airlines for America, the industry's trade group, estimates that about 15 million people will fly between Dec. 17 and Jan. 6. The group says there will be 42 million segments a takeoff and landing flown by passengers. That's about 300,000, or 1 percent, fewer segments than last year. Planes will also be fuller than last Christmas. The group's chief economist John Heimlich expects 86 percent of seats to be filled with paying passengers, up from 85 percent last year. That number could climb to 90 percent on the busiest days: the weekend before Christmas, the day after Christmas and Jan. 2. Once fliers arrive, they'll pay more for hotels and car rentals. AAA three diamond lodgings are forecast to cost $129 a night, up $3 from last year. Two diamond properties are also up $3 a night to $95. Daily car rental rates will average $56, compared to $40 last year. 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