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New York Assembly hires top law firm for Cuomo investigation

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

ALBANY — New York’s Assembly has hired a top Manhattan law firm to assist in its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders announced Wednesday in a pick that was quickly criticized by at least two women accusing the ...

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2 jurors dropped from Chauvin trial after $27M settlement

In this screen grab from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, and Nelson's assistant Amy Voss, back, introduce themselves to jurors as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over jury selection in the trial of Chauvin Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.  Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.  (Court TV, via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge on Wednesday dismissed two jurors who had been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd’s death over concerns they had been tainted by the city’s announcement of a $27 ...

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Man who spent years in prison sues over withheld evidence

PHILADELPHIA — Donald Outlaw had already spent 15 years in prison for murder when he found out the man he was convicted of killing had told police with his dying breath that someone else named “Shank” had shot him. Outlaw ...

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2 teenagers charged in torching death of Rochester man, 53

ROCHESTER (AP) — Two teenagers are facing murder charges in the death of a Rochester man who was set on fire in his apartment last week. The 16-year-old and 14-year-old boys are accused of dousing Steven Amenhauser, 53, with an ...

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Counsel Press acquires AppealTech

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Counsel Press Inc., the nation’s largest appellate services provider, has acquired AppealTech. AppealTech was founded in 1998 in New York by a group of appellate professionals focused on assisting law firms and their clients, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in ...

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US female firefighters fight discrimination with lawsuits

Susanna Schmitt Williams poses at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Williams, the former chief of the Carrboro Fire Department, considered suicide after enduring harassment in her department despite becoming chief. Advocates for female firefighters say their struggles are part of a larger trend, as evidenced by recent gender discrimination lawsuits against fire departments in Illinois, Virginia, and Texas. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The highest-ranking female firefighter in Asheville, North Carolina, says she was repeatedly discriminated against because of her sex and fought to keep her job while battling breast cancer. The first female chief of a municipal fire department ...

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Ex-officer wants jury to hear about 2019 George Floyd arrest

MINNEAPOLIS — A lawyer for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death asked the judge again Tuesday to allow evidence of a previous arrest during which Floyd was found with drugs, a request the prosecutor derided as ...

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Homeland Security chief defends US handling of border surge

WASHINGTON — Faced with a rising number of migrants at the southwest border and criticism from all sides, the Biden administration’s head of Homeland Security insisted Tuesday that the situation is under control as he defended a policy of allowing ...

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Appeals court upholds conviction in Black partygoer’s death

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina appeals court upheld the murder conviction Tuesday of a white man who fired a shotgun at an unarmed Black partygoer after reporting “hoodlums” in the neighborhood. A majority on a state Court of Appeals ...

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Immigrant victims of crime hope Congress eases visa hurdles

An immigrant from Liberia, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, poses for a photograph in the United States on Friday, March 12, 2021. She says she lives in fear, afraid both of being deported and of retribution after she testified against men who were convicted of killing her boyfriend. She has waited years for a U visa, carved out for people without legal status who become victims of serious crimes — or in some cases, witnesses — and help law enforcement solve them. But the program is broken, immigrant advocates say, leaving applicants waiting years for a decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In a bid to become a legal permanent resident of the United States, she says she lives in fear, afraid both of being deported and of retribution after she testified against men who were convicted of killing ...

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With Cuomo under fire, No. 2 Kathy Hochul treads carefully

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BUFFALO — As a chorus of top Democrats demanded New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations last week, the woman who would succeed him if he stepped down did what she’s done for most of her time ...

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