ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State health officials have established a task force to examine drug-resistant bacteria and efforts to protect New Yorkers.

A novel drug-resistant gene was recently found in two cases of bacterial infection, including one in New York.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says that doesn't constitute an immediate public health threat but it's imperative to prevent it from becoming an emergency.

He says this strategy has been adopted in successfully controlling the Ebola virus, Legionella bacteria and the Zika virus.

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East Rochester Police continue to investigate that they are called a ‘suspicious death’ which required hazmat crews to be called into that village Sunday evening.

Rescue crews said they were called for an unresponsive person in a car in the area of the Family First Credit Union and Water Works Drive.

When the Medical Examiner arrived, investigators said unspecified chemicals were spotted inside the vehicle from outside. That's when hazmat crews were called in secure the chemicals and remove the body. 

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  


First hour: Understanding what sexual harassment victims go through, in light of the Roger Ailes resignation

Second hour: Does the term "charisma" need to be redefined to include more women?

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has asked federal officials to review New York City area airports to ensure they don't have "blind spots" terrorists could exploit.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he has written to the Department of Homeland Security following an NBC News investigation that found certain key areas of LaGuardia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport do not have full video surveillance.

Schumer says he worries that such video "blind spots" leave baggage pick-up and drop-off areas vulnerable to attack.

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Rochester Fire Department officials now say that  a two-alarm fire on the city’s northwest side early Saturday that caused injuries to a child and two firefighters was intentionally set.

It broke out at about 4 a.m. at 99 Locust Street. Authorities say the house was occupied by a woman and her two kids, and they were forced to go out a back window to escape the fire.

The 12 year-old child sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. Two firefighters also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — All of New York's medical examiners and coroners will soon have to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

The law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week imposes that requirement in 60 days, though the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System already has profiles of 1,293 unnamed New York dead that were submitted voluntarily.

They are among more than 13,000 filed nationally since the database opened a decade ago.

(AP & WXXI News)  Authorities have now confirmed that the body found in the Finger Lakes is that of a missing Rochester-area man whose estranged wife and two sons are charged with destroying evidence of a crime at his townhouse.

Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says nobody has been charged with killing 50-year-old Craig Rideout of Penfield. But his estranged wife, 45 year old Laura Rideout, was charged with burglary and evidence tampering. The couple's sons, 19-year-old Alexander and 22-year-old Colin Rideout, were charged with evidence tampering.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

"It's alive! It's alive! It's ALIVE!" That iconic moment in which Dr. Frankenstein celebrates his monster's first movements has been seen on stage, on screen, and in pop culture for decades. Countless Frankenstein narratives exist, and their inspiration can all be traced back to Mary Shelley's 1818 novel.

While the story of Frankenstein may be well known, readers and viewers may not be familiar with the history surrounding the novel and the narratives. A new book, Monstrous Progeny, explores that history and the evolution and adaptation of the novel's figures and themes.

We discuss versions of the narrative across genres (including more recent films like Young Frankenstein and The Rocky Horror Picture Show), and we talk about the narratives' take on ethics, science, religion, and more. This discussion previews an upcoming event and film screening at the George Eastman Museum. Our guests:

  • Lester D. Friedman, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College, and co-author of Monstrous Progeny
  • Allison B. Kavey, associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, and co-author of Monstrous Progeny