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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a per curiam opinion in Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander, “leaving it to the Second Circuit whether to determine their merits, taking such action as it deems appropriate” regarding arguments raised in the petitioners’ brief. IBM offered employees the opportunity to invest in the company through [...]

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The Trump administration took its first step towards tighter pollution control on heavy-duty trucks and truck engines after US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed an advance notice of proposed rulemaking Monday. In 2016 more than 20 organizations petitioned the EPA to develop more strict emission standards after the EPA projected that heavy-duty [...]

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The White House announced Monday that US President Donald Trump signed S 151, the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (Pallone-Thune TRACED Act), into law. The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue additional civil penalties for intentional violations of restrictions on the use of automated telephone equipment.  [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Tuesday denied a motion by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Lighting Association (ALA) for a temporary restraining order against the California Energy Commission (CEC) to block updated light bulb efficiency standards. NEMA and ALA filed a complaint [...]

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Pastor Wang Yi of an unregistered house church in Chengdu, China was convicted of subversion on Monday and sentenced to nine years in prison. This sentence followed a secret trial at the Chengdu Intermediate Court on December 26. In December 2018, around 100 students and seminary leaders from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu were [...]

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The Court of Appeal of Quebec refused on Thursday to suspend Bill 21, which bans many public service employees from wearing religious symbols, such as hijabs and crucifixes. Bill 21 was passed on June 16 in an effort to further the separation of state and religion and to further religious neutrality. However, since its passage, [...]

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice ordered Sierra Leone on Thursday to immediately revoke a 2015 ban that prevented pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools. While banned from attending mainstream schools, pregnant girls were offered the opportunity to attend a separate school that operated only three days of the [...]

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The US Department of Commerce proposed a new rule on Tuesday that will allow the Secretary of Commerce to decide on a case-by-case basis what information and communications technology and services transactions will be prohibited under Executive Order 13873. President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13873 in May after finding that foreign adversaries were exploiting [...]

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