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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.

Mother Who Launched Megan's Law Seeks Tough Federal Measure

The woman who spurred most states to track convicted sex offenders after her 7-year-old daughter Megan was raped and killed by a child molester, is calling for a tougher federal law to monitor pedophiles.  Go to full article
A border patrol checkpoint on Route 37 in Waddington.

Questions Over Border Stops Inside the Border

The U.S. Border Patrol has dramatically increased the use of road checkpoints inside the U.S.- Canada border. One on the Adirondack Northway grabbed headlines last year after 4 people died and more than 50 were seriously injured in accidents there. But there are also dozens of border patrol checkpoints on smaller roads across the North Country. The Border Patrol says they're a critical second line of defense for stopping terrorism. But some citizens and civil liberties groups say they're an invasion of privacy and may not be very effective. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Legislature, Pataki Agree on Tougher DWI Proposal

Governor Pataki and the legislature have agreed on a bill to strengthen penalties against drunk drivers, at the urging of a mother whose son was killed by a man charged with driving drunk. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Stiffens Sentence for Fleeing Fatal Crash Scenes

The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a bill to stiffen penalties against hit and run drivers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

After Losing GOP Endorsement, Essex County DA Considers Future

Essex County District attorney Ronald Briggs says he's still deciding whether to seek re-election. Briggs, a three-term incumbent, lost the endorsement of the county's...  Go to full article

Former Fort Drum Soldier Arrested for Murder

A former Fort Drum soldier is charged with killing two sisters. Their bodies were found in a Watertown apartment.  Go to full article

Police Seek Stolen Morphine Patches

St. Lawrence County police are looking for up to 50 morphine patches and painkillers. Several teens stole the drugs from a house Friday night. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Canadian, North Country Man Charged with Smuggling Cattle

Two men were indicted last week for smuggling banned Canadian cattle into the US. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article

$30 Million Essex Jail Set for APA Approval

The Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve plans today for the new Essex County jail. A discussion at yesterday's APA session in Ray Brook passed without controversy....  Go to full article

Resource Center for Domestic Violence Victims to have Permanent Home

The St Lawrence Renewal Center has received over $140,000 to buy and renovate its offices in Canton.  Go to full article

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