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New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana

ALBANY — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use. The agreement reached Saturday would expand the state’s ...

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NY social service agency sued for not allowing X gender mark

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nonbinary New Yorkers who currently must declare themselves as male or female to receive Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance say in lawsuit filed Monday that the state is discriminating against them by failing to ...

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Voting rights, hate crimes on U.S. Senate’s ‘big, bold’ agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrapping up the most tumultuous Senate start in recent memory, new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took stock of accomplishments including the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue while vowing action ahead on voting rights, hate crimes and mounting Democratic ...

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Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. ...

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Federal officials: Voters’ rights violated in NY House race

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said county officials in central New York who failed to process thousands of registration applications and improperly rejected affidavit ballots violated the rights of voters in a congressional election won by ...

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Woman charged in ‘heartbreaking’ death of Syracuse woman, 93

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A Syracuse woman has been charged in the death of a 93-year-old woman whose body was found decomposing inside an apartment complex last week. Victoria Afet, 23, pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the ...

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Romney gets Profile in Courage Award for impeachment vote

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney was named the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Friday for splitting with his party and becoming the only Republican to vote to convict former President Donald Trump ...

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PAB retains law firm for investigations

Rochester’s Police Accountability Board (PAB) has announced that a law firm has been hired to assist with its investigation of the policies, practices, and procedures that may have led to a series of disturbing encounters with children and people in ...

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Empire Justice Center receives $25,000 donation

A donor who asked to remain anonymous has contributed $25,000 to Empire Justice Center to help homeowners and renters affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. A state eviction moratorium has ended and many landlords are now once able to move forward ...

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Guns are on Supreme Court’s agenda days after mass shootings

WASHINGTON — A possible expansion of gun rights is on the Supreme Court’s agenda, days after mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia. The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss adding new cases to their docket for the fall. ...

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