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May 31, 2023

Settlement paves the way for cannabis dispensary licenses in the Finger Lakes  

New York’s Cannabis Control Board announced that it has approved a settlement for a lawsuit filed by an out-of-state business owner.

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 31, 2023

Ethics questions vexing Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — One Supreme Court justice explained her absence from a case. One justice didn’t. The difference shows how difficult forging consensus over even small steps on ethics can be at the Supreme Court, which is facing new calls to adopt an ethics code following revelations about undisclosed gifts from a Republican megadonor to […]

Odia Kaba works from home in Ypsilanti, Mich., Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Growing up in Ann Arbor, there was an expectation that Odia would attend the University of Michigan. When her application was deferred, she started at Eastern Michigan with plans to transfer to Ann Arbor her sophomore year. But she was getting daily texts from her sister, who attended U-M, describing the microaggressions she faced as a Black student on campus. Kaba stayed at Eastern Michigan and graduated with a degree in quantitative economics. Even though it's a mostly white campus, Kaba said she found pockets of diversity that helped make her comfortable.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
May 31, 2023

As Supreme Court considers affirmative action, colleges see few other ways to diversity goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — As an alternative to affirmative action, colleges from California to Florida have tried a range of strategies to achieve the diversity they say is essential to their campuses. Many have given greater preference to low-income families. Others started admitting top students from every community in their state. But after years of experimentation […]

Visions Federal Credit Union has filed foreclosure papers on the owner of the Greece shopping plaza that is home to Joann Fabrics and PetSmart (photo by Kevin Oklobzija).
May 30, 2023

Lender files foreclosure papers on owner of Greece shopping plaza

A Binghamton area lender has commenced foreclosure proceedings against the owner of a shopping plaza on West Ridge Road in Greece.

May 30, 2023

Court of Appeals vacates aggravated family offense conviction

New York’s highest court has dismissed a charge of aggravated family offense because of a flaw in the charging documents.

FILE - Jayde Newton helps to set up cardboard gravestones with the names of victims of opioid abuse outside the courthouse where the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 2021. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday, May 30 overturned a lower court’s 2021 ruling that found bankruptcy courts did not have the authority to protect members of the Sackler family who own the company and who have not filed for bankruptcy protection from lawsuits. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 30, 2023

Ruling clears way for Purdue Pharma to settle opioid claims, protect Sacklers from lawsuits

A federal court ruling cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s settlement of thousands of legal claims over the toll of opioids. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a 2021 ruling that found bankruptcy court judges did not have the authority to shield from civil lawsuits members of […]

May 30, 2023

Prosecutors say Sam Bankman-Fried’s arguments to dismiss cryptocurrency charges are meritless

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Bankman-Fried’s lawyers made meritless arguments in a bid to convince a judge to toss out criminal charges alleging that the FTX founder stole from investors in his multibillion dollar cryptocurrency fund, federal prosecutors said Monday. In papers filed in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors responded to early May filings in which […]

May 26, 2023

Victor company files $3.2M breach of contract lawsuit

One Victor electronics company is suing another for more than $3 million for allegedly failing to fulfill the terms of a contract to supply parts.

May 26, 2023

Office landlords squeezed by falling occupancy rates, refinancing difficulties

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The failure of several large lenders earlier this year and the banking turmoil that followed have fueled worries for owners of office space such as Boston Properties and Vornado Realty Trust. The sharp runup in interest rates by the Federal Reserve over the past year and a slowing economy had already […]

May 26, 2023

Man who shot up Buffalo-area store, wounding one person, pleads guilty to attempted murder

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a Buffalo-area retail store in 2017, wounding one person, pleaded guilty to an attempted murder charge Thursday and agreed to serve a 10-year prison sentence. Travis Green, 34, of Buffalo, took the plea deal during a hearing in Erie […]

May 26, 2023

New York adventure park owner pleads guilty to pilfering $3M in federal coronavirus aid

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of a New York adventure park on Long Island admitted Thursday that he fraudulently obtained more than $3 million in federal coronavirus aid and spent it on himself, including buying a home on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. Donald Finley pleaded guilty to disaster relief fraud and wire […]

May 25, 2023

New trial ordered in murder case after judge limited courtroom access

New York’s highest court has ordered a new trial in a murder case because the judge limited access to the courtroom.

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