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Jul 21, 2014 — A French law requires restaurants that sell homemade food to display a label on their menu to distinguish them from places that use frozen or vacuum-packed food. But critics say the law is too vague.
Jul 21, 2014 — It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.
Jul 21, 2014 — The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It's a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though.
Jul 16, 2014 — Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says.
Jul 15, 2014 — Rape is illegal in India. But history and tradition make it hard to enforce the law. And in remote parts, rape of a female relative is still considered fair punishment for a man's crimes.
Photo: <a href="">Brandon Anderson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Brandon Anderson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police: Driver intentionally hit New York trooper

CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) Police say a pickup truck driver has intentionally hit a trooper conducting a traffic stop along a southern New York highway, killing him instantly, and has been charged with murder.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Senate leadership proposes bills to combat heroin epidemic

A Republican-led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combatting the growing heroin addiction in New York.

The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>

NY lawmakers warned on corruption commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of New York's Legislature have been asked by a federal prosecutor to preserve any material relating to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's defunct anti-corruption commission.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Schneiderman nominated to run for second term as AG

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was nominated for a second term at the Democratic Party convention on Long Island.  Go to full article

NY Senate OKs harsher penalty for harming kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Senate has passed a bill that would make the aggravated murder of a child punishable with a life sentence in prison without parole.
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State Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush. Photo: Joanna Richards

NY legislator Ken Blankenbush pushes violent offender registry law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York legislator is calling for passage of Brittany's Law.

The measure, which has passed the state Senate, would create a registry...  Go to full article
Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Photo: <a href="">PunchingJudy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin overdose-fighting drug comes to the North Country

Last month, almost 300 police officers from across the state gathered in Albany, to learn how to use what some health officials call the "magic weapon" in the fight against...  Go to full article
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Hillary offered bail after pleading not guilty

College soccer coach Oral Hillary was returned to jail Friday on bail after a court hearing in Canton.

Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of...  Go to full article
Yard signs like this have kept the Garrett Phillips case in the public eye.   Photo: Julie Grant

Suspect arrested in murder of 12 year-old Potsdam boy

Two and a half years after 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was found murdered in Potsdam, a suspect has been taken into custody. Potsdam police arrested Oral "Nick" Hillary,...  Go to full article
Former NY Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Photo: <a href="">UpstateNYer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Jury weighs charges for ex-NY Senate leader Joe Bruno

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal jury is set to resume considering federal fraud charges against the ex-New York state Senate leader following two hours of deliberations late...  Go to full article

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