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Barbed Senate words over timing of court confirmation

WASHINGTON — The Senate battle over Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start — even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion ...

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US judge gives leniency to Islamic State cooperator

NEW YORK — A New York City man who joined the Islamic State group in Syria before fleeing home and giving the FBI timely intelligence about terror threats was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of supervised release after U.S. authorities ...

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Justice Kennedy announces retirement

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the FY 2016 budget request of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 ...

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Supreme Court rules against mandatory union fees

From left, Illinois state employee Mark Janus, Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., and John Tillman, of the Liberty Justice Center, speak to the press outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after the decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case was handed down in Janus' favor on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP)

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers no longer have to contribute to their union representation and collective bargaining endeavors if they are not members of the union. Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ...

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Penfield feud triggers lawsuit

A Penfield woman is being sued for allegedly harassing her neighbors for years. According to a six-page complaint filed in state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Davina Domenico, of 6 Pond Valley Circle, has tormented her neighbors, the Tannous family. Domenico ...

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Lack of summation leads to new trial

The state’s highest court has granted a new trial to a man because the judge refused to let his lawyer give a summation at the end of his trial. In June 2013, at the end of a bench trial on ...

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Experts: Travel ruling could boost other immigration suits

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban may have a silver lining for people fighting other administration immigration policies after the 5-4 majority ruled that the president’s prior comments about Muslims were not ...

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DOJ says Congress must fix immigration after judge’s order

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday said a judge’s order to reunite families separated at the border “makes it even more imperative” that Congress pass legislation that would enable it “to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together.” ...

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Judge finds Manafort prosecution ‘distasteful,’ but allows case to proceed

A federal judge in Virginia concluded Tuesday that special counsels are given too much latitude and that the current one is prosecuting Paul Manafort only so he will offer evidence against President Donald Trump. But those thoughts do little for ...

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How the Supreme Court struck down a WWII-era travesty when it upheld Trump’s travel ban

Long ago, Fred Korematsu was arrested in San Leandro, California, his home town, for defying an executive order that led to the expulsion or imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. He later went to ...

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Travel ban ruling stirs dismay among immigrants, advocates

DETROIT (AP) — Maryam Bahramipanah is torn between staying with her husband, who came to Michigan from their native Iran, and returning home to see her mother, who suffered a stroke. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to uphold ...

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Bail decision reversed by new information

Monroe County Court Judge Christopher Ciaccio has rescinded his decision to order electronic home monitoring for a man charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the drug overdose death of his girlfriend. On Friday, Ciaccio heard an application to ...

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