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New York’s revised mask rules pose challenges


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that the state’s mask mandate was being revised in accordance with federal recommendations was widely embraced, but still left many questions and confusion.

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‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice

A series of online messages from a long-ago schoolmate has Shannon Keeler, a Gettysburg College graduate, trying again to get authorities to make an arrest in her 2013 sexual assault. (AP Photo)

MOORESTOWN, New Jersey — Shannon Keeler was enjoying a weekend getaway with her boyfriend last year when she checked her Facebook messages for the first time in ages. A name popped up that stopped her cold. “So I raped you,” ...

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Biden moving to improve legal services for poor, minorities

President Joe Biden speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

DETROIT — President Joe Biden planned to take executive action Tuesday to ensure minorities, low-income Americans and others have better access to quality legal representation after services dwindled during the Trump administration. Biden was scheduled to sign a memorandum directing ...

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Prosecutor says deputies justified in shooting of Black man

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A North Carolina prosecutor said Tuesday that sheriff’s deputies were justified in fatally shooting Andrew Brown Jr. because he ignored their commands and endangered at least two of them when he drove his car toward them. ...

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Attorney: US makes concessions to ease asylum restrictions

SAN DIEGO — The Biden administration has agreed to let about 250 people a day through border crossings with Mexico to seek refuge in the United States, part of negotiations to settle a lawsuit over pandemic-related powers that deny migrants ...

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Supreme Court to weigh rollback of abortion rights

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 Monday to a showdown over abortion in a case that could dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights. With three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump part of a 6-3 ...

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Fairness issues loom over trial in Iowa student’s slaying

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Mexican national who went on trial Monday for the fatal stabbing of a University of Iowa student has been portrayed by former President Donald Trump as a criminal who exploited lax immigration laws. Legal experts say ...

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Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a ...

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Giuliani lawyers: Feds treat him like drug boss or terrorist

Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 12, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by John Taggart.

NEW YORK — Attorneys for Rudolph Giuliani say a covert warrant prosecutors obtained for his Apple iCloud account in November 2019 and a raid last month by agents who seized his electronic devices show they are treating him more like ...

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Court of Appeals candidates rated

New York State Court of Appeals

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has issued ratings for candidates being considered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for appointment to the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. A total of 12 candidates were selected by the ...

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Precedent set in rulings against Rush-Henrietta School Board

The reinstatement of Douglas Rivers as a member of the Rush-Henrietta Central School District’s Board of Education means seven candidates will vie for three, not four, open board seats in Tuesday’s election. Rivers, in his first year of elected service, ...

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