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Aug 6, 2015

NY expands synthetic marijuana ban to keep up with new forms

New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thursday that the state health department has approved tougher regulations to include new compounds of synthetic pot. While the drugs were first created to mimic the […]

May 14, 2014

Ban on fracking waste proposed by Democrats

ALBANY (AP) — Shipping hydraulic fracturing waste product into the state for treatment or disposal would be banned under legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the state Senate. The four bill released by the minority conference Tuesday would also ban the waste from being used to melt ice off roads and bar treatment facilities and […]

Dec 11, 2013

US ban on high-risk bank trades approved

WASHINGTON — U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule approved Tuesday. The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. each unanimously voted to adopt the so-called Volcker Rule, taking a major step toward preventing extreme risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the […]

Feb 22, 2013

Gay couples ask court for marriage equality

Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that the Constitution prohibits discrimination against them in the nation’s largest state or anywhere else in America. Prohibitions on gay marriage are enshrined in 30 state constitutions and in statutes in roughly 10 other states. “This badge of inferiority, separateness, and […]

Dec 10, 2012

Hope, fear in gay marriage cases at High Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gay marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case of California’s ban on same-sex unions. While nine states (including New York) allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into […]

Nov 6, 2012

Towns seek home rule protection

Penfield will be the latest town to consider a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, as the Town Board tonight is expected to vote on a one-year moratorium. Town officials are concerned about the truck traffic drilling could bring to town as well as the impact on water quality, among other issues. Neighboring Perinton already approved […]

May 1, 2012

Smokers’ rights group challenges smoking ban

ALBANY — A smokers’ rights group is objecting to a new rule beginning this year that will prohibit smokers from using New York state’s parks, pools areas and beaches and historic sites as ash trays. The anti-smoking rule created in April by the state parks department would result in a disorderly conduct violation for smokers […]

Mar 12, 2012

Seneca Council bans synthetic pot, bath salts

SALAMANCA — The Seneca Nation of Indians Council voted Saturday to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana, bath salts and drug-use paraphernalia on its five territories. The drug regulation vote, according to a release, has nothing to do with a U.S. government raid Feb. 23 in Basom, Genesee County, since the Nation ban […]

Oct 11, 2011

FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit

WASHINGTON — Banks would be barred from trading for their own profit instead of their clients under a rule being proposed by federal regulators. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. backed the rule on a 3-0 vote. The ban on so-called proprietary trading was required under last year’s financial overhaul law.

Aug 25, 2011

Advocacy group seeks ban on pelvic surgical mesh

A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to ban a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic collapse, saying it exposes patients to serious risks.

Jul 28, 2011

Bath salts ban moves out of committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to nationally ban the synthetic narcotic known as “bath salts.” The bill, introduced by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, adds MDPV and mephedrone ...

Jul 22, 2011

Obama ends gays in military ban

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday formally enacted the end to the ban on gays serving openly in the military. The president joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the joint chiefs of staff chairman, in signing a notice and sending it to Congress ...

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