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Sen. John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in the chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he will be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.


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The former headquarters of the Buffalo Police Department will soon hit the market.

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The organizers of Niagara Falls, Ontario's Winter Festival of Lights are hoping the weather will be much more cooperative Friday and Saturday evenings, when the final two nations taking part in the in the Cascades of Fire international fireworks competition are scheduled to launch their displays. Parks officials on this side of the border, meanwhile, say the view is good from Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park.

  

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The U.S. Education Department issued sweeping and controversial proposed changes Friday to way colleges and universities handle sexual abuse cases. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the new rules that would give greater protections to accused students. 

Labatt USA is opening much-anticipated Brew House in downtown Buffalo this Saturday.

This is a trick question: You are a college student and don't have much money, so you're faced with a choice between keeping your smartphone operating or buying enough food. What's your choice? New University at Buffalo research has the answer.

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., delivered a decisive blow to President Trump Friday, ruling in favor of CNN and the news media.

Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ordered the White House to restore correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials, something the White House said later it would do.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students.

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Every year more than 44,000 people die by suicide. That leaves thousands of survivors behind to cope with the tragedy.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Saturday will mark International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Butler Rehab Center of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

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Harry Potter films would likely be a lot less exciting without a musical score. But what happens when that musical score accompanies the film live? Buffalo will find out this February.


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Picture empty storefronts and you might think of a neighborhood or even a whole town in decline.

But in cities across the country, empty shops are proliferating in neighborhoods that are thriving. The phenomenon has given rise to a new kind of "retail desert."

It's happening in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, where a corner store and lunch spot called the American Deli Market recently closed its doors after about 20 years in business. 

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