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Sudan’s defense minister, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced on state television Thursday that President Omar al-Bashir has been detained and a military council will lead the country for two years. Further, the Constitution has been suspended, the National Assembly dissolved, and a state of emergency declared.  Protesters are demanding the power be placed in [...]

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On a near party line vote, Congressman Mike Doyle’s (PA-18) Save the Internet Act passed Congress Wednesday. The Act addresses the rollback of regulations by the Federal Communications Commission surrounding net neutrality. Net neutrality gives equal access to users of the internet and prohibits internet service providers from prioritizing access based on content. The bill also expands [...]

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New Zealand’s Parliament has on Wednesday passed a law banning semiautomatic weapons in response to the Christchurch massacre last month that killed 50 and injured scores of Muslim worshippers. The legislation has passed the final of three stages and will become law with the ceremonial approval of the Queen of England’s delegate expected Thursday. 119 [...]

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The US Department of Justice on Thursday announced a $122 million settlement from three pharmaceutical companies as part of their effort to combat health care fraud. While not admitting liability, Jazz, Lundbeck and Alexion agreed to pay to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by undercutting the co-pay model of Medicare and [...]

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Indiana Senate Bill 198 regarding hate crimes was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb Wednesday. The bill allows judges to impose harsher sentences for criminals who victimize others based on listed traits. It has been controversial because it was significantly amended from the original bill. Originally, the bill was written to extend protections to people [...]

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A jury awarded $80 million dollars to Edwin Hardeman. Last week, a jury attributed his non-Hodgkins lymphoma to using Roundup weed killer on his property for more than two decades. There has been ongoing litigation surrounding the pesticide. Last summer, Monsanto was originally ordered to pay $289.2 million in damages to a former pest control [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a request from the Trump administration Tuesday to dissolve the injunction preventing the implementation of the memorandum preventing most transgender individuals from serving in the military. Transgender individuals will only be allowed to serve if they present as their biological sex during service [...]

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Wednesday signed House Bill 2538, which regulates handling of funds in conjunction with the state’s medical cannabis program authorized by the Medical Cannabis Act.  The bill allows the State Treasurer to select one or more financial institutions to provide banking services for the fees, penalties and taxes collected under the [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP that a business is not a “debtor collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, except in enforcing security interest under 15 USC §1692f(6). Homeowner and political activist Dennis Obduskey sued law firm McCarthy & Holthus when they attempted to carry out [...]

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US President Donald Trump’s former aide, Paul Manafort, was ordered Wednesday to serve an additional 3 1/2 years on federal conspiracy charges by District court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. His total sentence between the two federal cases is now 7 1/2 years in prison. Unlike last week, Manafort did read a statement of apology and told the judge [...]

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