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US President Donald Trump signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act into law Monday, intended to encourage innovation in advanced nuclear power plant designs. The act requires several changes to the licensing process for nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will have 270 days to develop and implement a staged licensing process for [...]

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Atlas Brew Works filed a lawsuit in DC District Court Thursday claiming that its inability to sell beer due to the partial government shutdown is a violation of its First Amendment rights. The brewery is unable to sell kegs of its apricot flavored India Pale Ale named “The Precious One” because of the federal government [...]

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The Russian Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the restriction of foreign ownership of media is legal. The court upheld a law restricting foreign ownership of media to twenty percent. The case came to the court “after arbitration courts declared a dual Russian-Dutch citizen’s 49-percent stake in a radio station illegal.” The court stated that the reason [...]

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The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a report on Thursday which found that the number of children separated from their parents or guardians by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are thousands higher than previously reported by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). A June [...]

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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser refused Tuesday to sign short-term home rental legislation passed by city council, citing concerns about the constitutionality of the bill and possible lost revenue for the city, but stopped short of vetoing the legislation. The Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017, prohibits second or third home [...]

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The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division on Wednesday ruled that Pfizer’s method of obtaining employee agreement to arbitration was inadequate. To obtain employee consent to arbitration, Pfizer emailed a training module to its employees. The training module contained information about Pfizer’s mandatory arbitration policy, and at the end asked the employee to click an “acknowledge” button [...]

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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday asked the court not to release former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and political leader Charles Ble Goude pending appeal of their acquittal earlier this week. Gbagbo was charged with four counts of crimes against humanity alleging a plan to attack supporters of current President Allasane Ouattara [...]

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey brought an amended complaint Tuesday against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, who controls the company, alleging their culpability in Massachusetts opioid deaths. Healey alleges in the Commonwealth’s complaint that the Sackler family used their company Purdue Pharma to systematically target Massachusetts for opioid sales leading to the deaths of [...]

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A number of abortion providers filed suit against Pennsylvania on Wednesday in hopes of overturning a state law that prohibits coverage of the procedure by Medicaid. The groups, which include Planned Parenthoods within Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, filed their complaint seeking declaratory judgement and injunctive relief from the law, in order to [...]

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