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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County Judge Anthony Mariani, alleging that Mariani violated the public’s First Amendment rights by blocking virtual access to courtroom proceedings. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC). [...]

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Charlotte Newman, a Black manager at Amazon.com, filed a lawsuit Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia accusing Amazon of racial discrimination. Her complaint alleges that Amazon hires Black people for lower positions, despite their qualifications, and that the company promotes Black people at lower rates than white workers. Newman claims [...]

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The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two cases involving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Social Security Act. The case United States v. Vaello-Madero involves an equal protection challenge, while Babcock v. Saul involves the Social Security Act’s windfall elimination provision. In United States v. Vaello-Madero, the court will address whether Congress violated the [...]

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Amnesty International said Friday that Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the Ethiopian town of Axum between November 28 and 29, 2020. On November 19, Ethiopian and Eritrean military forces took control of Axum. According to Amnesty, the military killed and displaced civilians through indiscriminate shelling and extrajudicial executions in the days following the [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Covington Catholic high school students cannot bring harassment claims against comedian Kathy Griffin. On January 18, 2019, a group of Covington Catholic high school students participated in the annual March for Life rally in Washington, DC. Following the rally, the students were involved [...]

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The Indiana House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would eliminate handgun licensing in the state. Current Indiana law requires individuals to apply for a handgun license. Individuals must fill out an application, submit their fingerprints and complete local law enforcement agency processing. In 2020, 121,863 applicants were approved. Only 4,495 applicants were rejected. House [...]

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US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives Friday condemning the actions of the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong local authorities as violating the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. According to the resolution, China has disregarded its international legal obligations under a joint resolution in which [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Saturday that former Nazi concentration camp guard Friedrich Karl Berger was removed from the US to Germany. Berger was removed for his service in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system. Berger was an armed guard within the Neuengamme Concentration [...]

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The trial of Paul Rusesabagina, whose actions inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” began Wednesday in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Rusesabagina saved hundreds of lives by providing shelter to people at the hotel where he worked as a manager. These actions inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” and Rusesabagina was awarded [...]

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Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested again Wednesday while in jail on suspicion of assisting a fugitive captured by China last year, according to local newspaper Oriental Daily. Lai and nine others were arrested in August under the new national security law for suspected collusion with foreign forces. The law, which came into force in [...]

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