The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers released a finalized version of their new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” on Thursday, capping President Donald Trump’s attempts to roll back Obama-era pollution regulations under the Clean Water Act. The replacement rule follows the repeal of the earlier “Waters of the United States” rule [...]

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The Oakland, California, City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday that will prevent landlords from looking into the criminal history of applicants for rental housing. A subsequent vote next month will allow the measure to take effect. The new rental protections for ex-convicts will be the strictest in California to date; previously, San Francisco [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg issued a lengthy ruling on Tuesday finding that Russia violated treaty provisions requiring fair trials for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev under the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the well-known former oil executives who had butted heads with Russian President [...]

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The head of the criminal division of Spain’s Supreme Court sent a letter to the EU Parliament on Thursday stating that the 13-year prison sentence for Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan independence leader, would bar him from sitting in the EU parliament. Junqueras was convicted of sedition and misuse of funds last October for his role [...]

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By a vote of 330-231 on Thursday, the UK House of Commons approved the latest iteration of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s legislation regarding leaving the EU. The vote paves the way for the bill to pass to the House of Lords. Upon approval there, the UK’s departure will be set to be final by the [...]

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In a supplemental sentencing memo filed on Tuesday, US Justice Department prosecutors amended their request for leniency for former national security advisor to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, instead seeking prison time. Previously, the prosecutors had been open to a sentence of probation for Flynn, who in 2017 pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about [...]

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