On September 17, 2018, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (99-1) in support of the Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) of 2018. OCRA proposes a series of measures addressing the devastating, long-term impacts of opioid addiction and abuse nationally. Building on efforts previously authorized in 2016 via the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the [...]

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Amnesty International UK blamed  the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro  for the “worst human rights crisis in its history” in a report  published on Thursday. The study highlights human rights abuses  that Amnesty condemns as showing a disregard for human life. Among the most poignant statistics are that 22 percent of homicides committed in 2016 [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota  ruled Friday that a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that bans discrimination in health care based on sex includes transgender and gender non-conforming people. Plaintiffs Brittany Tovar and Reid Olsen brought suit against health care providers Essentia Health and Innovis Health over “health care [...]

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California Governor Jerry Brown  signed Assembly Bill 1884  on Thursday banning full service restaurants from automatically providing customers with plastic single-use straws for beverages. The bill allows restaurants to provide customers with plastic straws only on request by the customer. After notice of violation upon a third violation of the statute, restaurants are fined $25 [...]

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Governor Ralph Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Friday signed HB 20-178  to legalize marijuana. In particular, the bill allows a person who is 21 or older to “possess and transport up to one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis in liquid [...]

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The Malaysian Anticorruption Commission (MAC) brought additional charges against former prime minster Najib Razak on Thursday. The former prime minster was arrested  and brought before the Kuala Lumpur Session Court to hear more than 20 corruption charges against him. The additional charges against Razak were made pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Revenue [...]

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