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DA requests, judge grants dismissal of low-level pot charges following mayor's order

Nearly three-dozen people facing low-level marijuana crimes have had the charges against them dismissed. The move comes at the request of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

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R&B star R. Kelly has been indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, Ill.

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Nearly three-dozen people facing low-level marijuana crimes have had the charges against them dismissed. The move comes at the request of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.


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A Florida police chief has announced that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, will face charges of soliciting prostitution after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly in the midst of a sexual act.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday as part of a sting on a local spa suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering.

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A video showing the 2016 beating of a man in the Buffalo Police lockup has gone public.

Two candidates, including an incumbent, have expressed interest in positions as Commissioners for the Erie County Water Authority. A local government watchdog group is urging Erie County Legislators to reopen the window of opportunity to apply, and be more open about the available positions.


Damaging winds with 75 mph gusts expected Sunday

Feb 22, 2019

The National Weather Service is working to stay ahead of the potentially devastating effects of a weather front coming to the region Sunday. Meteorologist Dave Thomas says their weather models are consistently projecting extended periods of strong winds, including gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour. A High Wind Warning has been issued from Sunday at 7 a.m. through Monday at 10 a.m. 


International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Workers at the Ingersoll Rand plant scheduled to close in Cheektowaga have ratified a separation contract with the manufacturer.

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Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Malone says he is praying the Vatican's global summit will result in "greater steps" to assist victims of clergy sexual abuse "on their journey to healing" and to "restore and rebuild faith, hope and trust" in the church itself.

It is not easy to be married to a person in the military. Their spouses in 2017 experienced high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and unemployment, according to a survey sponsored by the Department of Defense and released Thursday.

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Statewide rallies are being held weekly demanding  Gov. Andrew Cuomo increase state funding for mental health housing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Bring It Home Coalition' is staging rallies each Thursday in Long Island, New York City, Syracuse and here in Buffalo, targeting state lawmakers. 

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A wall along the southern border of the United States will disturb critical wildlife habitats, block migration routes for animals already stressed by climate change and could possibly lead to extinction for some rare and endangered species, according to environmental experts.

On Feb. 26, the residents of Toledo, Ohio, will have the chance to vote on an unusual proposal: whether to give one of the largest lakes in the U.S. its own Bill of Rights.

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