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Contempt charge dismissed in Webster

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Webster Town Justice Thomas J. DiSalvo has dismissed a contempt charge because the prosecution took too long to try the case. Defendant Eric Efraimson was charged with second-degree criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a no-contact order issued by an Ontario ...

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3 years later, Parkland school shooting trial still in limbo

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz is surrounded by his defense attorneys Melisa McNeill, left, Diane Cuddihy and Gabe Ermine, right, after entering the courtroom for a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s been more than 1,000 days since a gunman with an AR-15 rifle burst into a Florida high school, killed 17 people and wounded 17 others. Yet, with Valentine’s Day on Sunday marking the three-year milestone, ...

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Rioters acting on Trump’s ‘orders,’ Democrats say in trial

Capitol police officers in riot gear push back demonstrators who try to break a door of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” to storm the building and stop the joint session of Congress that was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election. The ...

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Aging desktop source of attorney’s accidental cat filter

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — Texas attorney Rod Ponton’s appearance as a fluffy kitten during an online court hearing provided a moment of levity to a pandemic- and Zoom-fatigued world. But that specific, adorable filter may be tough to find for ...

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Officials: Chauvin was ready to plead to 3rd-degree murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was prepared to plead guilty to third-degree murder in George Floyd’s death before then-Attorney General William Barr personally blocked the plea deal last year, officials said. The deal would have averted any ...

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Hearing ordered in robbery case

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A state appeals Court has ordered a hearing on a motion to dismiss a robbery conviction to resolve because of a speedy trial issue. Defendant William Reed was convicted in state Supreme Court in Onondaga County in July 2018 of ...

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Local production company’s film featured in national campaign Free to Drive

Desiree, left, from "Desiree's Story," with a doctor (photo provided).

A locally produced short film has been featured in a national campaign to end debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Rochester-based production company Fish & Crown Creative’s short film, “Desiree’s Story,” was produced for use by Free to Drive, a national campaign ...

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Democrats: Trump ‘inciter in chief’ of Capitol attack

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial said Wednesday they would prove that Trump was no “innocent bystander” but the “inciter in chief” of the deadly attack at the Capitol aimed at overturning his election loss to Joe Biden. ...

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Government investigating massive counterfeit N95 mask scam

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. The foreign-made knockoffs are becoming increasingly difficult to spot ...

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2nd Circuit upholds NY state rules restricting ballot access

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is within its rights to keep its election ballots decluttered and prevent voter confusion with rules limiting how a political party gets on ballots, an appeals court said Wednesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit ...

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Fourth Department orders new trial

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A state appeals court has reversed a robbery conviction and ordered a new trial because of a problem with the jury selection process. Defendant Emilio Padilla was convicted in March 2018 of second-degree robbery and third-degree fleeing a police officer ...

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