Colorado Governor Jared Pollis signed a bill Tuesday granting the state more power to regulate oil and mineral operations. Sections 1 and 2 of the new law repeal previous legislative provisions that grant local governments jurisdiction over oil and gas operations within their territories only if the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission allows it. [...]

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The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would require local law enforcement and county governments to cooperate with federal immigration officials.  The bill would make two amendments to the North Carolina General Statutes. The first would amend NC General Statutes § 162-62 to require law enforcement who are processing prisoners to report the [...]

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Two American students filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a score of elite universities and who the suit refers to as “California con-man, William “Rick” Singer.” The plaintiffs allege fraudulent admissions practices on part of Singer, and negligent oversight on part of the universities. Both of the students were denied admissions to these universities. The complaint [...]

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The European Union adopted a non-binding resolution Wednesday against Turkey’s accession as a member of the EU. The resolution passed in the European Parliament by 370 votes in favor, 109 against with 143 abstentions. The assembly noted past and ongoing human, civil, and due process rights violations committed by Turkey. The body expressed concern over Turkey’s [...]

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The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, along with select other forms of demonstrable hate against people based on their race, religion and nation allegiance, by a vote of 407-32. The resolution came in the wake of political backlash against comments made by freshmen Representative Ilhan Omar. What began as an [...]

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The executive body of the Republic of China (Taiwan) submitted a bill to the legislature Thursday to legally recognize same-sex marriage. In astatement, Premier Su Tseng-chang acknowledged the national referendum last year, where the majority of the island nation’s populace voted against recognizing same-sex marriage. Su also maintained the Executive’s Yuan’s position that the decision of the Constitutional Court [...]

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The Higher Administrative Court of the Rhineland-Palatinate ruled Wednesday that a church in Herxheim am Berg may continue to use a steeple bell dating back to the German Nationalist Socialist era. The bell featured a Nazi-era “swastika” along with the words, “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler.” The bell hangs out of sight from most [...]

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Thursday approved new rules that addresses nuclear power plant safety. The proposed regulations will apply to both power reactor applicants as well as currently operating licensee plants. Nuclear power plants are required to comply with the new rule within two years and 30 days following its adoption in the Federal [...]

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) proposed a bill on Wednesday aimed at incorporating the People’s Republic of China’s National Anthem Law  into Hong Kong’s regional law by means of local legislation rather than “promulgation.” The bill, as well as the original order is meant to “preserve the dignity” of the anthem of the People’s Republic [...]

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