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Bipartisan push for war powers after Paris attacks

WASHINGTON — The Paris attacks have given new impetus to a bipartisan push to approve new war powers to fight Islamic State militants, with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday joining Republican and Democratic lawmakers in calling for ...

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‘Gingerbread Man’ sentenced in escape

The self-styled ‘gingerbread man’ has been sentenced for escaping from a halfway house. Lamar Nelson, 27, of Rochester, was sentenced to 18 months by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s ...

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House panel OKs bill to fix sentencing laws

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., right, confers with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, as the House Judiciary Committee met to approve rare bipartisan legislation that would reduce prison time for some nonviolent drug offenders. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. At far right rear is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. AP Images

WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan effort, the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to U.S. sentencing laws, reducing prison time for some nonviolent drug offenders. The bill, backed by voice vote, comes less ...

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Services Thursday for Louis J. Gallo, co-founded law firm

Services are scheduled today for Louis J. Gallo, who rose from humble Italian-American roots in Rochester to become a founding partner of one of the city’s most enduring law firms. Gallo, who was 95, died Friday. He had practiced law ...

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Couple plead guilty to child pornography

A local couple have pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in an incident involving a female school student in Gates, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Alfred Dasilva, 46, of Greece, and Sharon Sexton, 45, of Gates, pleaded guilty to ...

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2 firms with local offices win top ranking for diversity

Two large law firms with Rochester offices, Nixon Peabody LLP and Littler Mendelson, P.C. have earned a 100 percent ranking from the Human Rights Campaign in its Corporate Equality Index. The index is a national benchmarking tool for corporate policies ...

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More borrowers taken to court over student loans

HARTFORD, Conn. — Fall behind on your student loans these days and you could end up getting more than hectoring phone calls and threatening letters. Some lenders are taking more people to court, attorneys say. The number of lawsuits filed ...

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FanDuel suspending daily fantasy sports for NY fans

ALBANY — Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel said Tuesday it’s temporarily suspending entry in paid contests for New York players, while the state attorney general sued to halt what he considers illegal gambling by both FanDuel and DraftKings. The New ...

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Daily fantasy sports showdown spotlights AG

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He’s the player daily fantasy sports fans across the country are suddenly watching: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who ordered industry giants DraftKings and FanDuel this past week to stop accepting play from New Yorkers, saying their business amounts ...

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Paris attacks deepen opposition to refugee influx

WASHINGTON — The deadly Paris attacks have intensified Republican opposition to letting thousands of Syrian refugees come to the United States. Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio on Sunday said the United States cannot do so because it’s impossible to know ...

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