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Conviction consequences being reviewed

It is one thing to do the time for a crime committed, but collateral consequences that have been accumulating in state and federal codes the last several years are making it difficult, if not impossible, for those convicted of crimes ...

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Aereo suspends service after Supreme Court ruling

NEW YORK — Online-streaming service Aereo Inc. is temporarily closing down its operation, three days after it was dealt an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the ...

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Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People ...

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Archivist: IRS didn’t follow law on lost emails

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation’s top archivist told Congress on Tuesday. “Any agency is required to notify ...

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Defense bar urges caution after ‘straw buyer’ ruling

WASHINGTON — The recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court holding that a man who bought a firearm on behalf of another qualified buyer violated a federal law barring “straw purchases” of guns may be limited to its facts. But ...

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IRS head defiant, GOP interrogators skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. ...

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Senator: Expand online voter registration access

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote. The New York Democrat is announcing legislation Sunday that would force the 23 states ...

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Schumer requests US health alert for virus

ALBANY — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert to medical professionals in New York and around the country for identifying, treating and containing Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus ...

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Free speech amendment headed for committee vote

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow regulation of contributions and spending for political campaigns is headed to the full Senate Committee on the Judiciary for debate. An amended proposal was approved along party lines Wednesday by the Subcommittee on the ...

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Proposed rule change irks farmers, legislators

Several federal and local officials are trying to steer the Environmental Protection Agency away from expanding a definition of navigable waters. The agency, backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has proposed a rule change that would subject almost ...

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Trademark board rules against Redskins name

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team ...

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