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Weapon conviction reversed


A state appeals court has reversed a weapon conviction because of insufficient evidence. Defendant Earnest Hawkins was convicted in Monroe County Court in September 2014 of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree ...

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Former officer’s trial in George Floyd’s death gets underway

George Floyd family attorney Ben Crump, center, addresses media along with other attorneys and members of George Floyd's family outside the Hennepin County Government Center Monday, March 29, 2021, in Minneapolis where the trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin began with opening statements from both sides. Chauvin is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd during an arrest last may in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd  went on trial Monday, with prosecutors promptly showing the jury the video of Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the Black man’s neck for several minutes as onlookers ...

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New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana


ALBANY — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use. The agreement reached Saturday would expand the state’s ...

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NY social service agency sued for not allowing X gender mark

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nonbinary New Yorkers who currently must declare themselves as male or female to receive Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance say in lawsuit filed Monday that the state is discriminating against them by failing to ...

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Voting rights, hate crimes on U.S. Senate’s ‘big, bold’ agenda

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York,  holds a news conference, Thursday, March 25, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrapping up the most tumultuous Senate start in recent memory, new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took stock of accomplishments including the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue while vowing action ahead on voting rights, hate crimes and mounting Democratic ...

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Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. ...

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Federal officials: Voters’ rights violated in NY House race

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said county officials in central New York who failed to process thousands of registration applications and improperly rejected affidavit ballots violated the rights of voters in a congressional election won by ...

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Woman charged in ‘heartbreaking’ death of Syracuse woman, 93

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A Syracuse woman has been charged in the death of a 93-year-old woman whose body was found decomposing inside an apartment complex last week. Victoria Afet, 23, pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the ...

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Romney gets Profile in Courage Award for impeachment vote

Mitt Romney

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney was named the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Friday for splitting with his party and becoming the only Republican to vote to convict former President Donald Trump ...

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PAB retains law firm for investigations


Rochester’s Police Accountability Board (PAB) has announced that a law firm has been hired to assist with its investigation of the policies, practices, and procedures that may have led to a series of disturbing encounters with children and people in ...

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