A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California approved a $650 million settlement in a biometric privacy class action lawsuit against Facebook. The settlement is one of the largest ever for a privacy lawsuit and represents a major victory for data privacy advocates. The lawsuit originated in 2015 and was filed by [...]

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Attorneys general from 17 US states sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday expressing support for a student loan debt forgiveness program up to $50,000. The letter, spearheaded by Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Letitia James of New York, is in support of Senate Resolution 46 and House Resolution 100. Both resolutions call on President [...]

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The US Senate on Saturday voted 57-43 to acquit former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge stemming from the deadly Capitol insurrection in early January. All fifty Senate Democrats and seven Republican Senators voted to convict Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors due to his alleged incitement of insurrection. But the final vote was [...]

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The parents of a deceased amateur investor sued the financial trading app Robinhood Monday for the wrongful death of their son, Alex Kearns, who committed suicide last June mistakenly believing that he had lost $730,000 in a trade on the app. According to the lawsuit, Kearns’ last written words were, “How was a 20-year-old with [...]

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Scotland’s Court of Session dismissed a case Friday suggesting that Scotland could hold another independence referendum without the approval of the UK. The case, brought by Martin Keatings, a staunch advocate for Scottish independence, was a long-shot effort to overturn the 2014 referendum, when Scots voted to stay in the UK by a 55-percent majority. [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed grave concern following a military coup d’état in Myanmar. Civilian political leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, were among those detained in the military raids conducted hours before the parliament was to convene. Bachelet called Monday for their release. The army declared a state [...]

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Marc Simon, the son of Sylvan and Bernice Simon, both of whom were killed in the 2018 Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh that killed eleven people and wounded six others, has sued firearms manufacturer Colt and the National Rifle Association (NRA) for their roles in radicalizing Robert Bowers, the indicted shooter. The novel 47-page [...]

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All federal prisons in the US have been put on lockdown ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 21. The lockdown, announced at midnight on Saturday, was in response to “current events,” according to a statement by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The decision was a precautionary one and not in response to any [...]

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Illinois lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday overhauling the state’s criminal justice system in a sweeping reform. The bill, HB 3653, makes it official misconduct for police officers to fail to use body cameras or intentionally misrepresent facts in police reports and investigations. Chokeholds are also banned, and the bill standardizes the reporting process for people [...]

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Fifty-five people have been charged with crimes after a group of pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday. Some of the criminal charges were filed regarding events before the siege on the Capitol, including a case against Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right Proud Boys group. While many of the arrests so far [...]

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