Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed a sentencing memorandum on Monday asking the court for “a sentence significantly below the statutory maximum sentence.” Manafort is currently facing a potential sentence of 188 to 235 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of “conspiracy against the United States” and one count of conspiracy [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo of carrying out forced disappearances and killings of 34 young men and boys between May and September 2018. There are reports of 11 additional cases, but HRW has not yet been able to verify those reports. The victims, as young [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, which will determine if the government is able to initiate review proceedings for patents. Return Mail Inc. had filed a patent infringement suit against the US Postal Service (USPS). USPS initiated a review proceeding with the Patent Trial [...]

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Human Rights Watch called Monday for a greater response against cow protection vigilante groups in India. Between May 2015 and December 2018, 44 people were killed and 280 injured in attacks by militant Hindu groups against those linked to beef consumption in the country. Most of the victims are Muslim minorities, from indigenous communities or [...]

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The Kentucky Senate passed SB 100 on Wednesday, which provides changes to how customers are compensated for net-metered electricity generation. The bill passed by a vote of 23-12. The bill affects solar, wind, biomass or biogas, and hydro energy facilities under 45 kW installed at customer sites. Currently, electricity customers are compensated based on the difference [...]

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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced Monday that it has terminated the construction authorization for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The MFFF was intended to process plutonium to make mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. Construction on the facility started in 2007 at Savannah River in South Carolina. Construction [...]

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US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a resolution Thursday proposing a Green New Deal to combat climate change. The resolution assigns the federal government five main duties. These duties include reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating millions of high-wage jobs, and investing in infrastructure and industry. The government would also have [...]

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