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November 10, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Hoping to avert a costly legal battle over whether New Jerseyans should be able to bet on sports, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said he would introduce a bill Monday giving the state an exemption from a federal ban on sports betting. Pallone, a Democrat in the GOP-led House, said his bill would take effect immediately upon passage. How likely it is to get through Congress remains to be seen. It would represent the most direct path to approving sports betting in New Jersey.
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March 31, 1995 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal court judge yesterday ordered the state to make it easier for citizens to register to vote. The federal government sued the state for not implementing the federal "motor voter" law, which requires states to let citizens register to vote when they apply for driver's licenses, welfare and many other public services. The state opposed the law, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to order a state to implement the law. Bob Gentzel, a spokesman for Attorney General Ernie Preate, said the state also was concerned about a segment of the law that would stop the state from purging voters who hadn't voted in 2 1/2 years.
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February 2, 1995 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Pennsylvania yesterday drew another line in the sand in its fight with Washington over the motor-voter act when a Senate panel approved legislation that would circumvent a major provision of the federal law. By a 6-4 party-line vote, the Republican-led State Government Committee sent to the full Senate a bill that would not change state law on purging voters from registration rolls if they fail to vote in five straight elections. The federal law disallows voters to be dropped from the rolls, except when they die or move.
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January 13, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
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July 17, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former President Bill Clinton told the NAACP convention here Wednesday that he was wrong to sign a law that resulted in mass incarcerations of nonviolent drug offenders, a day after President Obama called for changes to laws that have filled prisons with minorities over the last two decades. Appearing on the final day of the civil rights group's annual meeting, Clinton spoke with contrition. "I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it," he said. The law so severely toughened federal sentences, and set a tone for state courts to follow, that prisons swelled - with disproportionate numbers of African American and Latino inmates, Clinton said.
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November 13, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
They menacingly photographed Sarina Rose's children as they waited for the school bus. They cursed her out and cornered her at a luncheonette. One formed his hand into the shape of a gun and pretended to shoot her as he mouthed the words "Bang, bang, bang. " Rose's company used a partly nonunion workforce to convert a long-derelict Loft District building into apartments, and members of Ironworkers Local 401 registered their objections using such shameful and in most circumstances criminal tactics.
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August 23, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania is the latest state to investigate Planned Parenthood affiliates and find no wrongdoing involving the disposal or use of fetal tissue. In fact, the state's clinics do not even provide tissue for research, the inquiry found. But the finding isn't satisfying Republican legislators critical of the organization. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been on the defensive since July, when antiabortion activists began releasing secretly recorded videos showing the organization's executives candidly talking about supplying fetal tissue donated by abortion patients for medical research.
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January 16, 2016 | Staff Report
A Philadelphia man faces a stiffer possible penalty after being charged Thursday under federal law with using a gun during a pair of robberies. Samuel Robinson, 29, of Philadelphia, was charged in a five-count federal indictment with robbing two Metro PCS stores in Mayfair and Hunting Park on Oct. 28, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He could be sentenced from 32 years to life in prison if convicted of violating two counts of the Hobbs Act listed against him in an indictment.
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September 19, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned New Jersey's sports betting law for the second time in two years, saying federal statutes forbid gambling on college and professional sports except in a handful of states. New Jersey voters amended the state constitution in 2011 to permit sports betting at struggling casinos and racetracks while barring wagers on New Jersey college teams or on any collegiate event occurring in the state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and others sued to prevent implementation of the plan.
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January 16, 2016 | Staff Report
A Philadelphia man faces a stiffer possible penalty after being charged Thursday under federal law with using a gun during a pair of robberies. Samuel Robinson, 29, of Philadelphia, was charged in a five-count federal indictment with robbing two Metro PCS stores in Mayfair and Hunting Park on Oct. 28, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He could be sentenced from 32 years to life in prison if convicted of violating two counts of the Hobbs Act listed against him in an indictment.
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January 14, 2016
FOUR MORE DOWN, so many more to go. The Federal Trade Commission recently smacked down four debt-collection outfits and their affiliates that the agency said engaged in abusive practices. This latest round of action is part of a federal, state, and local effort around the country to target deceptive debt collectors. I've personally been on the other end of a telephone call with a collector trying to bully me into paying a debt I didn't owe. The person was attempting to collect some medical payment that he claimed was owed by my deceased brother.
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January 14, 2016
By Mark Salzer On Jan. 4, President Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to facilitate the release of confidential information about individuals with mental illnesses to the national gun background check database. Specifically, the Social Security Administration is to release the names and other information to the database if an individual receives benefits because of a mental-health issue and has a representative payee - that is, the individual has been determined to be unable to make competent decisions about his or her finances.
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January 12, 2016
OREGON Bundy says he is examining papers The leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon said Monday that he and his followers are going through government documents stored inside refuge buildings. Ammon Bundy told reporters the documents will be used to "expose" how the government has discriminated against local ranchers who use federal land for cattle grazing. Bundy said the documents would also help secure the release of Steven and Dwight Hammond, two area ranchers convicted of arson who returned to prison last week to serve longer sentences.
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December 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Senate and House approved a sweeping transportation bill Thursday that could help increase the compensation to victims of the May 12 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia and boost funding for rail safety - both steps coming in response to the derailment that killed eight people. The five-year, $305 billion bill includes policy provisions related to highway safety, railroads, and road programs. Several policy riders, though, including one to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, drew criticism, and some faulted the bill for being funded with gimmicks.
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November 13, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
They menacingly photographed Sarina Rose's children as they waited for the school bus. They cursed her out and cornered her at a luncheonette. One formed his hand into the shape of a gun and pretended to shoot her as he mouthed the words "Bang, bang, bang. " Rose's company used a partly nonunion workforce to convert a long-derelict Loft District building into apartments, and members of Ironworkers Local 401 registered their objections using such shameful and in most circumstances criminal tactics.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - As fantasy football advertisements are pushing aside beer commercials on TV broadcasts of Eagles games, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.) is trying on multiple fronts to get equal legal treatment for sports gambling. Last week, he called for congressional hearings, with the hope of changing federal law to make gambling as legal as sports fantasy. On Monday, after a gambling-fantasy panel discussion here, Pallone was asked what he would say to the judges on the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who were asked to reconsider New Jersey's challenge to a 1992 federal law that in effect restricts legal sports gambling to Nevada.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned New Jersey's sports betting law for the second time in two years, saying federal statutes forbid gambling on college and professional sports except in a handful of states. New Jersey voters amended the state constitution in 2011 to permit sports betting at struggling casinos and racetracks while barring wagers on New Jersey college teams or on any collegiate event occurring in the state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and others sued to prevent implementation of the plan.
NEWS
August 23, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania is the latest state to investigate Planned Parenthood affiliates and find no wrongdoing involving the disposal or use of fetal tissue. In fact, the state's clinics do not even provide tissue for research, the inquiry found. But the finding isn't satisfying Republican legislators critical of the organization. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been on the defensive since July, when antiabortion activists began releasing secretly recorded videos showing the organization's executives candidly talking about supplying fetal tissue donated by abortion patients for medical research.
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July 17, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former President Bill Clinton told the NAACP convention here Wednesday that he was wrong to sign a law that resulted in mass incarcerations of nonviolent drug offenders, a day after President Obama called for changes to laws that have filled prisons with minorities over the last two decades. Appearing on the final day of the civil rights group's annual meeting, Clinton spoke with contrition. "I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it," he said. The law so severely toughened federal sentences, and set a tone for state courts to follow, that prisons swelled - with disproportionate numbers of African American and Latino inmates, Clinton said.
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