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Legislature Acts On Abortion Rights Bill; Cuomo Signs It

The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure immediately after the vote.

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From Cover-Ups To Secret Plots: The Murky History Of Supreme Justices' Health

For the first time in her 25-year career on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench to start the new year. After the 85-year-old justice was operated on for lung cancer, she decided to work from home rather than return to the court two weeks after surgery. She's expected to make a full recovery and be back at the court soon. A fair amount is known about Ginsburg's cancers and surgery, but the history of Supreme Court justices and their health is murkier. That's, in...

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Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

For three days last week, thousands of Guatemalans blocked roads and major highways to protest the Central American country's slide toward a constitutional crisis. The protest organizers included groups that have long demanded justice: indigenous communities and campesinos , as rural and farm workers are called. Indigenous citizens, many dressed in colorful traditional clothing, came out partly to protest the Guatemalan president's recent expulsion of a United Nations-backed commission...

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Legalizing Marijuana In Conn. And N.Y.

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Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are debating legalizing recreational marijuana. Supporters believe legal weed is inevitable. But opponents warn that weed isn’t harmless. They say lawmakers need to hear why making it legal would be a bad idea. Ron speaks to advocates for and against making recreational marijuana legal in our region. Today's guests:

Zimbabwe forces have engaged in "systematic torture" of protesters, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has found. The torture, mostly consisting of "indiscriminate and severe beatings," follows several days of looting, fires and street barricades by protesters angry over high fuel prices.

Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer who penned thousands of columns for The New York Times, and hosted the PBS television program "Masterpiece Theatre," died Monday at his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

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Opioid prescription rates fell by nearly a third on Long Island between 2011 and 2017. CDC and New York state data show the decline, and experts say it will have a long-term impact.

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said he wants to arrange a meeting between the state’s two federally recognized Native American tribes and with MGM about future casino development in the state.

Mangano Retrial Starts Tuesday

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After a jury could not come to a decision in May, former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife Linda will be in court today to face federal corruption charges for the second time. The couple face a retrial after a jury could not come to a decision in May.

The Manganos will face the same charges under the same District Judge, Joan Azrack, at the retrial. Ed Mangano was indicted on seven felony counts, among them: bribery, wire fraud, extortion and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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A recruitment campaign to find more volunteer firefighters is underway in Connecticut.

Federal government statistics show approximately 70 percent of firefighters both nationally and in Connecticut are volunteers, and a steady decline in numbers means current resources are being stretched.

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Connecticut lawmakers are expected to pass the first bill of this year’s legislative session today. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would provide state assistance to federal workers in Connecticut affected by the government shutdown.

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The New York State legislature is poised to approve a bill to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into state law. For supporters, including the majority of senators and assemblymembers, it’s been a long time coming. But for opponents, it’s a bitter disappointment.

A lot has changed in Sharon Van Etten's life since she put out her last album, Are We There, in 2014. In the past five years, she's gotten into acting, gone back to school to get a degree in mental-health counseling, worked on film scores and became a mom.

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