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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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Defense in ex-cop’s trial fears impact of $27M settlement

MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death said Monday that he’s “gravely concerned” that the announcement of a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family makes it impossible for his client to get ...

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Court: Defendant in teacher slaying has route to state funds

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s highest court opened a door Monday for taxpayer funds to help cover the legal defense of a man awaiting trial for the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for ...

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Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting ...

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Cuomo: Politicians calling for him to resign are ‘reckless’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As the Democratic Party turned sharply against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and he faces growing allegations of sexual harassment, he insisted Friday he wouldn’t resign and castigated politicians calling for him to quit as “reckless ...

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City officials suppressed information in Prude case

In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Joe Prude, right, brother of Daniel Prude, and Daniel's nephew Armin, stand with a picture of Daniel Prude in Rochester, N.Y. In a decision announced Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, a grand jury voted not to charge officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

The law firm hired by the city of Rochester in September to investigate the death of Daniel Prude has released a report on the inquiry. Andrew G. Celli Jr., an attorney at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, ...

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