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New York to offer COVID aid to immigrants excluded earlier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In the largest program of its kind, New York lawmakers have created a $2.1 billion fund to aid workers who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic but were excluded from other government relief programs ...

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GOP-led states lose bid to challenge immigration rule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in California refused Thursday to permit 14 states led by Republican governors to challenge the overturning of a Trump-era immigration rule affecting hundreds of thousands of people. A panel of the 9th ...

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Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is “long past time” to do so. ...

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‘New strategy’: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign ...

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Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.” ...

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Expert: Lack of oxygen killed Floyd, not drugs or bad heart

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defense theory that ...

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Lawyers raise a stink over Ghislaine Maxwell’s jail care

NEW YORK — The rancorous fight over jail conditions for Ghislaine Maxwell is reaching new lows, with prosecutors blaming the British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend for creating a stink by failing to flush her toilet and her lawyer saying ...

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Muslim civil rights group sues Facebook over hate speech

A civil rights group is suing Facebook and its executives, saying CEO Mark Zuckerberg made “false and deceptive” statements to Congress when he said the giant social network removes hate speech and other material that violates its rules. The lawsuit, ...

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Report on ‘trial penalty’ released

A group of criminal defense organizations has released a report detailing the impact of the “trial penalty” — defendants facing more severe sentences if they take a case to trial instead of agreeing to a plea deal. The report from ...

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Policies lack for nonbinary workers in certain professions

In most jobs, gender identity and biological sex do not matter. Individuals who identify as female, male or nonbinary can, without question, serve as doctors, lawyers, architects, baristas and Uber drivers. Certain professions, however, have requirements that could lead to ...

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Cuomo aide says he slammed door shut before groping her

ALBANY (AP) — A staffer who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her at the executive mansion said he slammed the door of his office and told her “I don’t care” when she protested, according to an ...

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