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Toronto among 20 cities in the Amazon HQ2 'playoffs'

Toronto has made the short list of 20 North American cities that are still in running for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $168 billion budget plan that would close an over $4 billion gap by reducing some spending and imposing tax increases on health insurers, big businesses and prescription opioid users, among others. Cuomo said he also wants to look into legalizing marijuana in New York.


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A new documentary airing on WNED-TV and PBS stations across the country looks at the underlying causes and the impacts of America’s opioid problem. WBFO’s Avery Schneider sat down with the show’s writer and producer John Grant, to find out more about the making of the program.


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Would you want an industrial waste dump near your house? Probably not. But across the country, environmental hazards like waste dumps tend to be located near minority communities.


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He came, he saw, he designed. It was 150 years ago this year that Frederick Law Olmsted visited the Queen City and began the process of developing Buffalo's public park system. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which oversees the parks, has announced plans to celebrate the milestone anniversary in the spring and summer.


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A 10-year-old boy who was in Buffalo last week for a youth hockey tournament has died after contracting the flu, followed by pneumonia and sepsis.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Locked and loaded: pastor encourages guns in church

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When the parishioners at one Oswego County church gather for worship each week, many of them are armed - and it's no secret. The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God even advertises that its not a gun-free zone, a response to the frequent mass shootings in the country that are the subject of some debate.

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The Buffalo Common Council will host Tuesday evening what activists say is a first-ever City Budget Proposal Day. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community will be welcome to provide input for how to allocate a small fraction of an estimated $500 million spending plan.


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A day after the Buffalo Police Department ordered an end to overtime for special details patrolling Chippewa Street and elsewhere, a fight broke out early Sunday involving a man who fired a gun into the air over the entertainment district. He was arrested late Monday, but the president of the police union says ending the details was a major mistake.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

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It wouldn't make any sense to send a French-speaking refugee to a German-speaking town in Switzerland.

But under Switzerland's current system of placing refugees, that's a situation that can easily happen. This problem isn't unique to Switzerland, and it's not the only kind of mismatch that might happen.

The Justice Department late Thursday announced that it has asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that prevents President Trump from ending the Obama-era program that shields certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

That program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, also grants work permits to about 700,000 immigrants brought to this country illegally by their parents.

On Sunday, people around the country will mark one year since the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Last year it brought hundreds of thousands of liberals to the capital, many wearing pink knitted caps in solidarity. Others marched in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States and more than 80 other countries.

As anti-abortion rights activists gather at the National Mall for the 45th annual rally known as the March for Life, they'll hear a history-making address from the man who's become an unlikely champion of their cause: President Trump.

Trump is scheduled to speak live via satellite from the White House Rose Garden before marchers begin their walk through the nation's capital in protest of legalized abortion.

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Heritage Moments: From a cubicle on Swan Street to the presidency of Somalia

Three world leaders have called Western New York their home. The first two, the American presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, are well known to people living in the region. The third is less celebrated here.

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