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Barr able to put his stamp on executive power as Trump’s AG

In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Barr says he will release a redacted version of the Mueller report on the Russia investigation within a week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — Gathered in the small assembly hall in Little Rock, Arkansas, their chairs spaced 6 feet apart, the business leaders listen admiringly to the nation’s chief law enforcement official. They ask Attorney General William Barr about elder fraud and ...

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Officer challenges account of violent clearing of protesters

The U.S. Park Police began the violent clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning to demonstrators, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard ...

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Feds probe men’s rights lawyer in 2nd killing

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether a suspect in the ambush shooting of a federal judge’s family in New Jersey also killed a fellow men’s rights lawyer in California, a law enforcement official said. The federal agents are trying ...

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Police in misconduct cases stay on force through arbitration

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SEATTLE — An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, ...

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LGBT activists see hard work ahead despite Supreme Court win

Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington in October 2019 as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The high court decided 6-3 on Monday that the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

NEW YORK — LGBT-rights activists are elated by a major Supreme Court victory on job discrimination, and hope the decision will spur action against other biases faced by their community despite Trump administration efforts to slow or reverse advances. In ...

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When protesters cry ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

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WASHINGTON — Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become a rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use ...

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Missouri officers accused of assaulting black woman, son

O’FALLON, Mo. — A lawsuit filed Monday accuses four white suburban St. Louis police officers of brutalizing a 68-year-old black woman and her adult son after wrongly accusing them of stealing a television. Marvia Gray alleges she suffered serious and ...

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Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims

PHOENIX (AP) — The women were forced to live and work in filth and near darkness, the federal agent said, surviving on only the tips they received from performing massages and sexual favors. Lon Weigand, deputy special agent in charge ...

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Trump praise of ‘tormented’ Flynn raises pardon speculation

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced strong support for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, raising speculation that a pardon may be coming after Flynn’s lawyers disclosed internal FBI documents they claim show the FBI was trying ...

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Real Estate Law: Coronavirus triggers rent abatement negotiations in commercial leasing

Kristin Zimar

Several weeks into the nationwide shutdown resulting from governmental regulations enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, commercial leasing continues to suffer the consequences. Commercial tenants anticipated the financial impact of having to close their doors for a still-unknown period ...

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Athletic trainers renew push for licensing requirement in New York

Jarett Rhoads is an athletic trainer at Eastridge High School and Secondary Schools Committee chair for the New York State Athletic Trainers Association. (Provided photo by Dave Yates)

When you visit a doctor’s office or dentist’s office, you do so knowing the person rendering treatment has been properly trained and is competent. The New York State Athletic Trainers Association believes athletes should have the same peace of mind ...

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