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Former priest, child sex abuse survivor heads to Rome ahead of bishops' summit

Pope Francis will convene a highly-anticipated summit with presidents of all Catholic bishop conferences worldwide, beginning Thursday at the Vatican. A Buffalo man, who is a former priest and also a childhood sexual abuse survivor, is traveling to Rome in advance of the summit to stand with victims and respond to developments at the meeting. Before leaving, he spoke with WBFO.

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After another day of jury deliberations, there is still no verdict in the civil rights trial of Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug.

Local party leaders will be in New Hampshire this week for the unofficial kick-off for Democratic presidential campaigns.


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There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid.

These people aren’t mental health professionals. They’re agricultural workers, they’re neighbors, and they just want to help.

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Buffalo Catholic Diocese priests met Tuesday with Bishop Richard Malone and diocesan lawyers to talk about the continuing sex abuse scandal. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with several of them outside Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says a Grand Island woman who stole more than $110,000 from a town senior center will probably never pay it back.

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Two different projects in Buffalo took their first significant steps Tuesday, as the Common Council approved "designated developer status" for Buffalo State College and the city's former police headquarters.

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Filling out college financial aid forms can be a daunting task for students and families. But it is key in gaining needed assistance, especially for low-income families. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Public School District collaborates to make sure it's accomplished.   

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Pope Francis will convene a highly-anticipated summit with presidents of all Catholic bishop conferences worldwide, beginning Thursday at the Vatican. A Buffalo man, who is a former priest and also a childhood sexual abuse survivor, is traveling to Rome in advance of the summit to stand with victims and respond to developments at the meeting. Before leaving, he spoke with WBFO.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says changes to the federal tax code led to a growing state deficit and is causing some high-income earners to leave the state. But progressive groups, some Democratic state legislators and even some millionaires are pushing back against that assertion, saying there’s no hard evidence that any wealthy New Yorkers are leaving.

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His spontaneous kiss of a passing woman in Times Square was captured on film and published by Life Magazine. George Mendonsa died last weekend at the age of 95 but a part of his life now rests docked in the waters of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

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One of President Donald Trump’s signature promises has been to shrink the US trade deficit, especially with China. So, how’s he doing?

If you think of the trade deficit with China in sound:

Each beat is a month of trade data. The steady high notes represent a continuous, and small, trade deficit in goods with China. In the 1980s and '90s, China was selling a bit more than the US was selling to them. The US trade deficit with China was a few billion dollars back then — chump change.

Last week, reports surfaced of a new videotape showing singer R. Kelly engaging in sex acts with an underage girl. This is not the first time the R&B superstar has been accused of sexual abuse. Allegations have circled Kelly for decades; in 2002, a videotape surfaced that purportedly showed Kelly engaging in sexual acts with a teenage girl.

On the first floor of the upscale, Riyadh Park shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, customers in black abayas mill around Victoria’s Secret, examining colorful panties and bras. There are no scantily clad mannequins in the window — instead, they’re dressed in modest pajamas.

Jihan, a salesclerk, gets ready to start her shift. She's an English major by day, and in the evenings, she works here. She has been on the job for a year now, and she likes it.

Tide turns to doing your laundry

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The nation's top-selling home laundry detergent wants to become Uber for your laundry. The maker of Tide, Procter & Gamble, says it will expand the Tide digital app to offer wash-and-fold services to hundreds of cities across the country in the next year. Marketplace's Ben Bradford explains how the brand hopes to tap into the dirty laundry market.

The rent is too darn high in China, too

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We have some new economic data that was stalled by the government shutdown. The world's largest mining company has promised to do its part on climate change by capping coal output. The rent is too darn high in China, too. Plus, with only weeks until the Brexit deadline, the U.K.'s trade deals with Japan and South Korea seem far from finalized.

Today's show is sponsored by the United States Postal Service, the University of Florida Warrington College of Business and Indeed.

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Heritage Moments: Harold Arlen, from Pine Street to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

For one brief era, Buffalo, or at least one part of it, was an integrated place where people of different races and ethnicities mixed freely and comfortably. The time was the turn of the 20 th century, the place was the Near East Side, and the environment that flourished there produced some of the greatest music America has ever heard.

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