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Student’s Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case

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

WASHINGTON — Fourteen-year-old Brandi Levy was having that kind of day where she just wanted to scream. So she did, in a profanity-laced posting on Snapchat that has, improbably, ended up before the Supreme Court in the most significant case ...

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Floyd verdict won’t remove blocks to police accountability

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin was later convicted of  the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd.  (Court TV via AP, Pool)

The guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder case felt like a watershed moment to many Americans. President Biden called the verdicts a “giant step toward justice.” But pervasive legal roadblocks to police accountability remain firmly in place. Most police ...

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Dallas lawyer takes up mission to help people avoid eviction

DALLAS — Not long after he began posting advice last year for people facing eviction during the pandemic, Mark Melton found himself inundated with phone calls and messages. “It became apparent really quickly that this was going to be too ...

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Pathologist: Black man killed by deputies was shot 5 times

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina, was shot five times, including in the back of the head, according to an independent autopsy report released Tuesday by his family’s attorneys. The ...

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Compassionate release denied

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A federal judge has denied a request for compassionate release from prison from an inmate who was convicted of possession of child pornography. Defendant Anthony C. Howe Sr. previously filed a two-paragraph motion seeking release. U.S. District Court Judge David ...

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Supreme Court to take up right to carry gun for self-defense

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

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. The case marks the ...

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Protests reveal generational divide in immigrant communities

Matilda Kromah, center, braids a clients hair at her salon, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The salon was looted after a white police officer fatally shot a Black man this month, and Kromah faced a resurgence of the trauma from the civil war in Liberia she fled over 20 years ago. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — When protests began in a Minneapolis suburb after a white police officer fatally shot a Black man, 21-year-old Fatumata Kromah took to the street, pushing for change she says is essential to her Liberian immigrant community. ...

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Supreme Court declines to hear wrestlers’ brain damage cases

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeals of several former pro wrestlers who claimed in lawsuits that World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term ...

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Warrant: Drug buys recorded weeks before Black man shot dead

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — North Carolina deputies who fatally shot a Black man outside of his house obtained the search warrant that brought them there after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant, according ...

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Local delegation aims to help keep families in their homes

Members of the local state delegation talk Friday about efforts to keep families in their homes. (Photo by Kevin Oklobzija)

Legislators representing the Rochester area at both the federal and state level have secured funding designed to keep families in their homes. Federal legislation, pushed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), provides nearly $40 million in rent relief ...

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Conviction overturned on Brady issue

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A Clinton County judge has vacated a guilty plea in a robbery case because of Brady violations by the prosecution. In May 2017, defendant Rudolph Franklin was indicted on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal use of a firearm, and ...

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Panel: End commanders’ power to block military sex cases

In this April 14, 2021, file photo, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin poses for photographers as he arrives at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The Associated Press has learned that a Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders. It would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by ...

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