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A federal district court in Washington state on Thursday permanently enjoined the Trump administration from diverting funds meant for a submarine base in the state toward construction of the wall at the US-Mexico border. In February last year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (CAA), which provided $1.375 billion for building a border [...]

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The US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled Thursday that the Lake Erie Bill of Rights is “invalid in its entirety.” Lake Erie has been subject to algal blooms over the last several years, which can release toxins into the water and cause serious health problems for people who drink that water. [...]

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On Friday the Attorney General for the State of California sent a strongly-worded response to a notice of violation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) had sent the notice to California on January 24, stating that they found California to be in violation of [...]

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The Constitutional Court for the Kingdom of Thailand issued a ruling on Wednesday that a provision in the criminal code regarding abortion violates the Constitution and ordered that it be amended. Section 301 of the Criminal Code provides that a woman who causes her own abortion or allows someone to perform an abortion on her [...]

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a district court ruling against an Arkansas plan for work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Residents of Kentucky and Arkansas had filed suit in district court, alleging that Alex Azar, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had [...]

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A new federal indictment was unsealed on Wednesday in a district court in New York, alleging that Huawei Technologies Co., a China-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two of its subsidiaries engaged in racketeering and conspired to steal trade secrets from rival U.S.-based counterparts. The indictment also alleged that, through unofficial subsidiaries, Huawei engaged in business [...]

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The transitional government of Sudan said Tuesday that it would hand over ex-president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to stand trial on charges of genocide and war crimes. The ICC issued two arrest warrants for al-Bashir, one in 2009 on two counts of war crimes and five counts of [...]

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The French agency in charge of competition, consumer affairs, and fraud prevention (DGCCRF) has issued a 25 million euro fine against Apple for failing to warn owners of older iPhone models that updating the operating system would result in slower operation. In January 2018 the agency began investigating concerns that updating older iPhones to iOS [...]

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President Donald Trump fired two officials who were witnesses against him during impeachment proceedings last year. Gordon Sondland, who was the US Ambassador to the European Union, released a short statement yesterday evening in which he said he was told, “the President intends to recall me effective immediately.” Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was a [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing on Tuesday about testing methods for finding asbestos in talc and cosmetic products containing talc. This is the first hearing about asbestos in talc since 1971. The meeting was convened to discuss methods and criteria for testing for asbestos. The meeting focused on the recommendations [...]

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