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Employers can, with some caveats, require vaccines

Employers can require that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine under recent guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, provided they abide by federal civil rights laws. “The EEOC guidelines gave employers the green light to go ahead and ...

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NY law requires parents in prison be housed closest to kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new bill signed into law in New York will require incarcerated parents be housed in prisons closest to the homes of their children. More than 100,000 children around the state have at least one parent ...

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COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh spotlight that shined on ...

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New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters. The actions, ...

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Habeas corpus petition denied

A federal judge has denied a habeas corpus petition from a man who was convicted of attempted murder in state court. Phillip Couser filed a pro se petition challenging his conviction and sentence for first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree ...

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Trump pardons 15, commutes 5 sentences, including GOP allies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has pardoned 15 people, including a pair of congressional Republicans who were strong and early supporters, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in ...

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COVID-19 spikes follow in prisons after inmate transfers

DETROIT — Families of men incarcerated at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility believed its remote location would spare it from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. For a while, they seemed to be right. Kinross, built on the grounds of a former Air ...

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No immediate ruling after hearing on fate of DACA program

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge did not immediately issue a ruling following a court hearing Tuesday on the fate of a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. During a nearly 3 1/2 hour hearing, ...

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Ohio judge pulled from cases over coronavirus concerns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures has been removed from two cases by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Although Muskingum County Court ...

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Vaccine injury claims could face bureaucratic ‘black hole’

Lost in the U.S. launch of the coronavirus vaccine is a fact most don’t know when they roll up their sleeves: In rare cases of serious illness from the shots, the injured are blocked from suing and steered instead to ...

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