August 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday issued proposed rules to revise which for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations are exempt from the contraception mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The changes come in response to the Supreme Court's ...[read more]
August 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval by the Supreme People's Court. Three of the ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to two felony charges for abuse of power. The jury charged Perry with abusing his power to intimidate former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down from her position in response to her pleading guilty to a drinking and driving ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a transgender man, who was legally married to a woman, may pursue a divorc from his wife within the Arizona court system. Thomas Beatie was born female but underwent medical procedures to change his sex and amend his birth certificate to recognize him as ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend the Virginia Constitution in 2006 to define marriage as solely between one man and one ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday rejected a bid by Adobe Systems Inc., Apple, Google and Intel to settle ongoing antitrust litigation brought by employees in the technology industry. The corporations filed a motion in June requesting the leave of ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Julie Deisher
In a briefing before the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, describing it as a "man-made crisis," putting South Sudan on the "brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted ...[read more]

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