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Sep 1, 2014 — The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.
Aug 29, 2014 — The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.
Aug 29, 2014 — News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.
Aug 29, 2014 — A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.
Aug 29, 2014 — For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

Plattsburgh man dead of stab wounds after fight

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A 49-year-old Plattsburgh man is dead and his friend's neighbor is charged with murder after a backyard argument escalated into a knife fight.

Plattsburgh police say Richard Bombard was in the backyard of a friend Sunday evening around 7:45 when a neighbor, 49-year-old Otis Grenton Jr., came over. Police say Bombard and Grenton apparently argued, and Grenton left for a short time.  Go to full article

Journalists gather in Blue Mountain Lake for prison reporting retreat

Over the last year and a half or so you've been hearing our Prison Time Media Project series. In the series we look in-depth at prisons here in the North Country and how they tie in to America's prison-building boom nationwide.

Today in Blue Mountain Lake in Hamilton County, New York, that project continues with a retreat at the Blue Mountain Center. Journalists from all over the country are traveling to the Adirondacks to learn about the Prison Time project and to share ideas about covering America's drug war and era of mass incarceration.  Go to full article

Searchers comb woods in 1994 missing woman case

MEXICO, N.Y. (AP) A search team continues to look for remains of 1994 kidnapping victim Heidi Allen in Oswego County woods.

Allen was last seen in early April 1994 working at a convenience store in the town of New Haven. Her body was never found, but a jury convicted Gary Thibodeau of kidnapping her.  Go to full article
Nicole Vaisey arrives at the preliminary hearing Thursday at the town of Fowler court. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Detective: kidnappers went on "shopping trip" to abduct

The woman accused of kidnapping two Amish girls told investigators she and her boyfriend "wanted to make the girls their slaves."

That's according to testimony...  Go to full article

Canton ex-guard pleads guilty to running family off road

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) A former jail guard is facing more than 10 years behind bars for running his family off a northern New York during a domestic dispute last fall.
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Essex County man sentenced for stealing $717K from employer

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A 64-year-old northern New York man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from his longtime employer....  Go to full article
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
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Rocks thrown from Thruway overpass; no injuries

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) State police say a number of motorists reported damage from large rocks tossed off a Thruway overpass near Albany.  Go to full article
The house in Hermon where Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey live. Photo: Natasha Haverty

DA: "potential of other victims" of accused kidnappers

Investigators are sifting through mountains of potential evidence gathered at the St. Lawrence County home of a couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls from their...  Go to full article
Photo: Natasha Haverty

Local residents respond to Amish girls kidnapping

It's been six days since the two Amish girls were kidnapped from their family's roadside vegetable stand. People in this rural part of St. Lawrence County have been living...  Go to full article

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