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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…
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NY redistricting panel releases competing maps

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY -- Republicans and Democrats on an independent commission tasked with drawing new political maps instead drew criticism Wednesday when they failed to agree on what they should look like and released competing versions. The state’s loss of a congressional seat based on the most recent census date — from 27 to 26 — means a district will disappear. Under both Republican and Democratic maps, the vanishing district comes…
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Judge blocks medical worker vaccine mandate in N.Y. state

Judge blocks medical worker vaccine mandate in N.Y. state

The Associated Press UTICA -- A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of health care workers sued, saying their Constitutional rights were violated because the state’s mandate disallowed religious exemptions. Judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights were violated with a vaccine mandate…
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Court affirms conviction of former top Cuomo aide

Court affirms conviction of former top Cuomo aide

By LARRY NEUMEISTER The Associated Press NEW YORK — The conviction of one of ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides for fraud and accepting bribes was affirmed by a federal appeals court Wednesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the case against Joseph Percoco required it to again consider the reach of federal fraud and bribery laws. Percoco, 52, was a longtime friend and top aide to Cuomo, a Democrat…
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NXIVM co-founder gets prison time

NXIVM co-founder gets prison time

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A former nurse who co-founded and once ran the cult-like NXIVM group, where prosecutors say some women were brainwashed, branded like animals and coerced into sex, was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison but won’t be locked up until January. Nancy Salzman, the former president and co-founder of NXIVM, must also pay a $150,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said. She has agreed to forfeit more than…
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LGBTQ rights group president fired over ties to Cuomo

LGBTQ rights group president fired over ties to Cuomo

By DAVID CRARY The Associated Press NEW YORK — The board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, fired its president, Alphonso David, because of developments related to the sexual harassment case that prompted Andrew Cuomo’s resignation as governor of New York. The co-chairs of HRC’s board, Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, said in a statement Monday that the board had decided to fire David, effective immediately, after the…
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