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A Shocking Ending Caps A Big Oscar Night For 'Moonlight'

Well, excuse me while I throw away my first draft, won't you? For quite a while, Sunday night's Oscars seemed fairly tame. La La Land , the retro musical with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, came into the Oscars as a favorite, having tied the nomination record with a total of 14. It took a while for it to get going, as the early awards were spread out across a variety of nominees. But indeed, by the time they prepared to announce best picture, La La Land had gone on a late run and nabbed six...

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Rochester Police have charged a 16 year old with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a shot from a handgun at one of their officers.

The bullet missed the officer, Kelly Phillips, and she was not injured.

It happened at about 1:40pm on Sunday on the west side. Authorities say that Phillips, a 16-year veteran of the RPD, saw someone matching the description of a suspect in a report about shots being fired near Santee Street.

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Hundreds of people watched the Academy Awards in style Sunday night in Rochester, while also helping out a good cause.

This was the second year in a row the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, which used to be known as Theater on the Ridge, has hosted a gala to benefit a local charity. Last year it was the American Heart Association, this year it was the United Way of Greater Rochester.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State is expanding its testing of food and beverages in an effort to prevent foodborne illness.

The state announced Friday that some 67,000 samples in 2016, up 10 percent from the year before.

The laboratory is responsible for analyzing food and beverage samples for impurities and health hazards. State testing resulted in more than 300 recalls last year.

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Bill Paxton, prolific actor and big-screen fixture for decades, has died at the age of 61. In a statement released to media outlets Sunday, a family representative says Paxton died of complications from surgery.

"A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker," the statement reads.

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Medical students at the University of Rochester held a different kind of rally Saturday evening.

Songs in Solidarity was intended to gather people in the name of song. Organizers of the event wanted to create a space to sing along to classic protest songs, songs from the labor movement and more modern music.

Emily Walters is a medical student at UR and helped organize the event; she said it was inspired by some of the other rallies she’s attended lately.

At least 28 people were injured — 21 of whom have been hospitalized — after a man driving a pickup truck plowed into a crowd of spectators Saturday night at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The city's mayor, Mitch Landrieu, said none of the victims had sustained a life-threatening injury in the wreck, which both he and police are calling a drunken-driving incident.

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President Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would break from a decades-old tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner scheduled for April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" Trump tweeted.


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There was a time when a whistleblower had to rely on the Postal Service, or a pay phone, or an underground parking garage to leak to the press.

This is a different time.

A renewed interest in leaks since Donald Trump's surprise election victory last fall, and a growth in the use of end-to-end encryption technology, have led news organizations across the country to highlight the multiple high-tech ways you can now send them anonymous tips.

If you drink more alcohol than you want to or should, you're not alone. A nationwide survey by the National Institutes of Health found that 28 percent of adults in the U.S. are heavy drinkers or drink more than is recommended.

Yet, most heavy drinkers don't get the help they need.

Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia

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Philadelphia police say more than 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted.

'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies At 97

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Retired Los Angeles Judge Joseph Wapner presided over The People's Court from 1981 to 1993 — deciding real small-claims cases.

Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep after being hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems, and had been under home hospice care.

Wapner auditioned for The People's Court shortly after retiring in 1979 from Los Angeles courts, where he had been a judge for more than 20 years.

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From the Inclusion Desk

The annual push to "End the R-Word" is back on. Is it working? Last year, a comedian in a Showtime special delivered a deeply insulting rant about people with mental disabilities. The term still comes up on occasion in pop culture.

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A growing number of students at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf are entering careers in science and medicine.

But the deaf and hard of hearing population remains one of the most underrepresented groups in the biomedical fields.

There's a new program in the Rochester area designed to create new opportunities for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

It's called "Best Buddies" and it's run by a global, non-profit organization.

Local program manager Lindsay Jewett says this program was established in a number of area schools in the last several months, and it pairs up students who have intellectual or development disabilities with their peers who don't have those same disabilities.


With 10 minutes left to go in his private session at CP Rochester, a little boy took the hand of physical therapist, Karen Terp, and led her to the hallway for an afternoon stroll.

“You want to walk? Ok,” Terp said.

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