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Colorado voters Tuesday passed Proposition 114, the Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative, paving the way for gray wolves’ return to the Western Slope. Proposition 114 authorizes the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to create and implement a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves on designated lands west of the continental divide, with “paws on the [...]

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The Supreme Court of New Zealand ruled Wednesday that the US may extradite German-Finnish internet entrepreneur and political activist Kim Dotcom to face criminal copyright-related charges. In 2005, Dotcom founded a business comprised of various companies providing cloud storage and file-sharing capability for internet users. The US alleges that one of those companies, Megaupload, “encouraged third parties [...]

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Voters on Tuesday in Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Utah passed statewide ballot measures aimed at removing associations with slavery and the Confederacy. Mississippi voters approved Ballot Measure 3 which asked voters to approve or reject a newly redesigned state flag created by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag, after the Governor signed [...]

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Unofficial totals following Tuesday’s election indicate that California voters have rejected a statewide ballot measure that would have amended the California Constitution to allow the state to reinstate affirmative action programs. Proposition 16, titled “Allow Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions,” would have permitted government decision-making policies to consider race, [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday invalidated an order by the US Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit that granted prison officers qualified immunity in a lawsuit brought by a Texas inmate. Inmate Trent Taylor sued ten prison officials within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for violating his Eighth Amendment rights, when they [...]

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced Thursday that “the State Department will allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to request either ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘Israel’ as their place of birth on consular documents,” including passports. The announcement is the latest in US pro-Israel policy shifts that began with President Donald Trump’s December 2017 presidential proclamation [...]

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The UN announced Saturday that 50 countries have now ratified a treaty seeking to destroy all nuclear weapons and permanently ban their use—the minimum number required for the treaty to become law. The UN completed negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at its New York headquarters in July 2017. The treaty [...]

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The environmental ministers of the European Council have reached an agreement to make the proposed European Climate Law legally binding, despite leaving out a 2030 emissions reduction target up for debate in December of 2020. “The EU is firmly committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050,” said the Federal Minister for the Environment of Germany, [...]

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A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration acted within the law when it delayed implementing Obama administration-era rules intended to limit greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, from the nation’s landfills. The state of California in conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund, along with several other states, sued to force the EPA to promulgate [...]

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