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Denying People A Job After They’ve Left Prison Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down a state law that imposed a lifetime ban from employment on as many as 200,000 people with criminal records in the state. A unanimous seven-judge panel ruled that part …

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A Female Lawmaker Defends Public Breastfeeding. Her Male Colleague Threatens To Grab Nipples.

A debate over public nudity in the New Hampshire State House took a dark turn on Tuesday when male lawmakers made disturbing comments about breasts toward their female colleague on Facebook. State Rep. Amanda Bouldin …

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After-school Program Funding Remains Separate Under New Major Education Law

After-school and summer programs will not only retain a separate funding stream, they will also get a slight boost in dollars under the new federal education bill and budget. At one point during the negotiations that …

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New York City Has A Plan To Help Freelancers Get Paid On Time

When it comes to getting paid on time, freelancing sucks. Freelancers often don’t get paid with the same assured regularity that salaried, or even hourly, workers do. Instead, they could be following up with a …

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Judge wrongly required lawyer to take breath test, appeals court says in tossing contempt conviction

A Florida appeals court has reversed a direct contempt conviction against a lawyer who mistakenly believed she was finished with work for the day when she had some drinks at lunch. In a Dec. 28 decision (PDF), the …

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Texas Begs The Supreme Court Not To Touch Obama’s Immigration Appeal

WASHINGTON — While as many as 5.2 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. continue to await a final decision on deportation relief, Texas on Tuesday opposed an appeal from the Obama administration that could …

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Restaurant owners beg Gov. Cuomo to hold off on raising tipped workers’ minimum wage again for at least five years

ALBANY — Restaurant owners are urging Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers to avoid any additional increases in the minimum wage for tipped workers for at least five years. In a letter to Cuomo and legislative leaders, the …

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N.Y. State Appeals Court tosses out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s lawsuit against law firms representing scammer

A state appeals court has closed the book on Mark Zuckerberg’s lawsuit against the law firms that represented a fugitive fraudster who tried to scam him. Paul Ceglia, 42, had claimed he was entitled to 50% of the …

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Assembly introduces bill that would legalize hoverboards in New York City

Efforts to legalize hoverboards in New York City are whizzing along. Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) on Tuesday introduced a new bill that would make the popular devices legal in the five boroughs. His legislation …

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Judge tosses consumer suit claiming SeaWorld falsely asserts its whales are well-treated

A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed three combined lawsuits that contended SeaWorld visitors are wrongly lured to the parks as a result of false claims that its orca whales are well-treated. U.S. District Judge …

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