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When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren’t people too

This photo shows pet custody specialist Karis Nafte with her dogs Sam, left, and Jax in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 12, 2021. Nafte helps couples settle disputes over their pets as more states move to make it easier for judges to consider the best interests of companion animals in divorce. (Eytan Nafte via AP).

NEW YORK — In the eyes of the law, pets are property when it comes to divorce, but new ways of working out custody of the dog, cat or parrot have sprung up with special mediators and “petnups” to avoid ...

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High court: Congress erred in patent dispute board setup

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress erred when it set up a board to oversee patent disputes by failing to make the judges properly accountable to the president. Five conservative justices agreed that Congress had ...

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Palmiere Law Firm now part of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti

Norman Palmiere (Provided photo)

Since Norman Palmiere and the partners at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti LLP had already collaborated on several personal injury cases over the past decade, it only made sense that they officially join forces. Thus, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti LLP, the ...

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NYC mayoral primary will be big test for ranked vote system

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters will likely pick the next mayor of New York City next week in a Democratic primary that will also be a major test of ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank several candidates ...

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Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that ...

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Senator: Military justice changes must go beyond sex cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can ...

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Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ...

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Split appeals court affirms murder conviction


In a split decision, a state appeals court has affirmed arson and murder convictions in an Onondaga County case. Shaun Bowen was convicted in December 2017 in Onondaga County Court of second-degree murder, first-degree arson and third-degree criminal mischief. In ...

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