Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight

Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats braced for disaster when state legislatures began redrawing congressional maps, fearing that Republican dominance of statehouses would tilt power away from them for the next decade. But as the redistricting process reaches its final stages, that anxiety is beginning to ease. For Democrats, the worst case scenario of losing well over a dozen seats in the U.S. House appears unlikely to happen. After some aggressive map drawing of their own in states with Democratic legislatures, some Democrats predict the typical congressional district will shift from leaning to the right of the national vote to matching it,…
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New York AG says Trump’s company misled banks, tax officials

New York AG says Trump’s company misled banks, tax officials

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s office late Tuesday told a court its investigators have uncovered evidence that former President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” asset valuations to get loans and tax benefits. The court filing said state authorities haven’t yet decided whether to bring a lawsuit in connection with the allegations, but that investigators need to question Trump and his two eldest children as part of the probe. The Trump Organization issued a statement Wednesday calling the civil investigation “baseless” and politically motivated. In the court documents, Attorney General Letitia James’ office gave its…
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All 3 men charged in Arbery’s death convicted of murder

All 3 men charged in Arbery’s death convicted of murder

By Russ Bynum The Associated Press BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday convicted the three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was chased and fatally shot while running through their neighborhood in an attack that became part of the larger national reckoning on racial injustice. The convictions for Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan came after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours. The men face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.…
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After wild comeback, Gloversville beats Amsterdam on penalties in Class A boys’ soccer tournament

After wild comeback, Gloversville beats Amsterdam on penalties in Class A boys’ soccer tournament

Photo Caption: Gloversville goalkeeper Justin Kemmet and teammate Dane Dillenback go after a corner kick against Amsterdam on Wednesday. PETER R. BARBER/THE LEADER-HERALD GLOVERSVILLE — Justin Kemmet kept his head clear and his mission simple. The Gloversville senior goalkeeper knew that his performance in a penalty shootout against Amsterdam on Wednesday in the first round of the Section II Class A boys’ soccer tournament was going to be the difference between the Dragons moving on in the postseason or going home, so Kemmet recalled the private goalie coaching that “unfolded” his entire goalkeeping career. “Just go to the side,” Kemmet…
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Fulton County Board of Supervisors signs on to $26B opioid settlement

Fulton County Board of Supervisors signs on to $26B opioid settlement

JOHNSTOWN -- The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to approve signing onto to the $26 billion lawsuit settlement agreement with the “Big Three” opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson — which will net the county at least $686,427 over an 18-year-period. Fulton County is one of many local governments and states that signed onto litigation started by Suffolk County against Purdue Pharma L.P. and other companies involved in the production, distribution and sale of opioid drugs sold by prescription us painkillers — such as OxyContin and Vicodin — which have been blamed for sparking the opioid…
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Judge conditionally OKs Purdue deal

Judge conditionally OKs Purdue deal

By GEOFF MULVIHILL The Associated Press A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave conditional approval to a sweeping, potentially $10 billion plan submitted by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle a mountain of lawsuits over its role in the opioid crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades. Under the settlement reached with creditors including individual victims and thousands of state and local governments, the Sackler family will give up ownership of the company and contribute $4.5 billion but will be freed from any future lawsuits over opioids. The drugmaker will be reorganized into a new…
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