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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 72,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations are expected to participate in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.

Now in its 116th year, the bird count is the world's longest-running citizen science survey. Scientists use the data to better understand how birds and the environment are faring and what needs to be done to protect them.

Birders who want to join a count circle in New York state can sign up at the New York State Ornithological Association website.

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It wasn't much, but it was a reminder that we are getting close to winter, and this is Rochester.

Lake effect snows Sunday evening and overnight into Monday brought anywhere from a trace to just over two inches of snow in many spots.  That served as a reminder to look for your snow brush, if you park outside, and it also created some slick spots.

There were several accidents scattered around the area Monday morning.


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The KIA Sorrento NHSP say was operated by Liam P. Flaherty of Farmington

ANTRIM, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire state police say two people are dead after a two-vehicle crash in Antrim, involving a teenager from the Ontario County town of Farmington.

Authorities say 67-year-old Janet Withington and her passenger, 63-year-old James Bouchard, both of Hillsborough, died of injuries sustained in the Saturday night crash on Route 9.

COOPERSTOWN (AP) Police in Cooperstown are urging addicts to bring their drugs and drug paraphernalia to the police station in exchange for treatment, not arrest.

Police Chief Mike Covert announced the new policy on Facebook. He says it will go into effect on Thanksgiving.  
 Covert says addicts will each be assigned an "angel'' to guide them through recovery.

He says a local hospital is promising that drug users who come forward will be able to receive treatment promptly.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States and its international partners "will not relent" in the fight against the Islamic State group and that the world would not accept the extremists' attacks on civilians in Paris and elsewhere as the "new normal."

"The most powerful tool we have is to say we are not afraid," Obama said as he wrapped up a nine-day trip to Turkey and Asia that was shadowed by terrorist attacks.

ORISKANY (AP) Authorities say correction officers in upstate New York saved an inmate who was trying to hang himself in a county jail.

The Oneida County sheriff's office says the suicide attempt happened at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski says Officer Daniel Jones saw an inmate trying to hang himself with a bed sheet and called for backup.

Swenszkowski says correction officers removed the sheet and the inmate was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

ALBANY (AP) A market basket survey by New York Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers finds a nearly 3 percent price increase for the average Thanksgiving Day dinner over last year's cost.

The average total price this year, which includes a 16 pound turkey, is $52.30. That's $1.36 more than last year's total of $50.94.  Turkey prices are $1.65 per pound, up 12 cents a pound on average in this informal survey.

The high winds have subsided, after strong gusts overnight Saturday into early Saturday. Winds gusted as high as 47 mph at the Rochester Airport.

Lake snow warnings and advisories for southwestern NY and the Oswego area were canceled on Sunday afternoon.

Early Sunday morning there were about 370 RG&E customers without power in Wayne County, and more than 200 in Ontario County, but most were back on line by 7am.

(WXXI News & AP) There is some very windy weather forecast for the Rochester area and other parts of Western NY this weekend.

Some rain showers are expected Saturday night, with a low of 38, and windy conditions. There is a High Wind Warning in effect for counties including Monroe, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming from 10pm Saturday to 7am Sunday, with gusts up to 60 mph possible.