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SUNY Brockport pulls grant for talk by man convicted in cop deaths

A state college withdrew funding Wednesday for an upcoming talk by Jalil Muntaqim, a former Black Panther who was imprisoned for nearly 50 years for killing two New York City police officers. But the State University of New York College ...

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Navient settles predatory student loan claims for $1.85B

Navient, a large student loan servicer, has settled allegations of predatory lending practices for $1.85 billion, New York’s attorney general announced Thursday. The settlement includes $1.7 billion in debt cancellation and $95 million in restitution, New York Attorney General Letitia ...

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Second Starbucks store near Buffalo votes to unionize

A second Starbucks store near Buffalo has voted to unionize, one of a growing number of the coffee chain’s stores seeking to organize workers. Workers at the store, in the suburb of Cheektowaga, voted 15-9 in favor of representation by ...

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Videos show Rochester officers pepper-spraying 9-year-old

Police in Rochester released two body-camera videos Sunday of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called a chemical “irritant.” “I am deeply troubled by the macing and handcuffing of a child who ...

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Western NY man admits he conspired to traffic girl for sex

ROCHESTER — A western New York man is facing a sentence of up to life in prison after admitting he intended to traffic a girl for sex. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Brandon McNeal pleaded guilty in federal court in ...

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Western NY activists: Immigration case before Supreme Court to affect thousands here

The Supreme Court’s decision to conduct an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally ultimately will affect thousands of immigrant workers in western New York, activists said ...

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NY revises rules for disciplining attorneys

New York’s judiciary has adopted new rules for investigating and disciplining attorneys for misconduct in an effort to apply uniform rules statewide. The rules adopted by all four of New York’s appellate divisions, effective July 1, followed proposals by a ...

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Peradotto among 7 candidates on list for top court

The Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, an associate justice in the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department, is among seven candidates recommended by a state commission to fill the vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals that followed Judge Susan P. ...

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Elfgeeh admits trying to recruit people for Islamic State

Mufid Elfgeeh, the local pizza shop owner charged with aiding terrorists, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to trying to recruit people for the Islamic State. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to attempting to provide ...

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