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Animal advocates seek USDA records

The Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to compel the agency to proactively post documents online regarding compliance with rules on the humane slaughter ...

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Manafort ally agrees to cooperate with US after guilty plea

A former associate of Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors as part of a guilty plea for failing to register in the U.S. as a foreign agent for his work lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party. ...

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Couple ordered to turn over funds raised for homeless man

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man after he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what’s left of ...

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Fentanyl complicates judicial diversion process

A recent decision by Monroe County Court Judge John L. DeMarco highlights an increasingly common dilemma faced by judges asked to consider applications for judicial diversion programs from defendants in drug cases. The Aug. 14 decision lays out the case ...

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Experts: Unusual factors in ex-Texas cop’s murder conviction

Every case is unique, as is every jury. But experts say several factors seemed to stack up against former Texas police officer Roy Oliver this week when, in an extremely rare outcome, he was convicted of murder for a shooting ...

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Trump administration backs Asian-Americans in Harvard case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school’s consideration of race in its admissions policy, the latest step in the Trump administration’s effort to encourage race-neutral admissions practices. The ...

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Referral services get confidentiality protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed a new law that provides attorney-client privilege to lawyer referral services. Each year thousands of New Yorkers turn to the state’s 20 lawyer referral services (LRS) to help find an attorney for both civil ...

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California abolishes money bail with a landmark law

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law Tuesday making the state the first to abolish cash bail, transitioning toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can go home and who must ...

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HairZoo files for bankruptcy

HairZoo, the styling salon business that operates 10 locations in the Rochester area, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to close at three locations in the next 30 to 60 days. The company started in 1975 by Gary ...

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Weinstein seeks to appeal judge’s casting couch ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein want to appeal a court ruling that lets an aspiring actress’ lawsuit equating Hollywood’s casting couch to sex trafficking move forward. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court Monday asking a ...

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