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NY faces calls to enshrine abortion rights in constitution

ALBANY — New York Democrats are considering enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, possibly as part of a broader amendment that would also prohibit discrimination based on gender expression. Lawmakers held a special legislative session ...

High court rejects NY COVID-19 shot mandate case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined on Thursday to take up a case involving a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York that does not offer an exemption for religious reasons. The court’s action follows a decision in December in which the justices declined ...

Gun rights advocates push back on pistol mandates

ALBANY — Gun rights advocates said Tuesday that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s effort to create new requirements for pistol license applicants flies in the face of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York’s restrictions on the issuance of concealed carry permits Tom King, ...

Democrats choose Hochul for governor; GOP picks Zeldin

NEW YORK — Nine months after she stepped into the job of New York governor as a relative unknown, Democrat Kathy Hochul easily locked up her party’s nomination Tuesday, setting her on an expected glide path to win the office in November. Hochul was serving as an under-the-radar ...

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades. Through tears and anger, several of Kelly’s ...

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for helping Epstein

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The stiff sentence was the punctuation mark on a trial ...