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Legal news from Wednesday, April 16, 2014
by Daniel Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain coal-fired plants due to the …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the litigation before …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the unrest and conflict in the nation. The report also …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official reportedly announced wednesday, however, that the prison's closure was temporary …

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by Peter Snyder

The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New York City, tracking the movements and conversations of Muslim individuals. …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership to the land during a war with Chile in the 1800s. Chile alleges …

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by Dominic Yobbi

An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque. …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this determination preempts …

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by Theresa Donovan

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law a bill banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the legislation believe that it will protect consumers and local business …

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