A Florida appeals court has upheld Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates. The move Friday came after a Florida circuit judge ruled last month to temporarily suspend the ban until the legal challenges against it were complete. As a result, the ban will remain in place until further appellate review. The order states [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday that child endangerment convictions are deportable offenses and apply retroactively. Jose Esteban Marquez, the man in question, is now subject to removal proceedings to the Dominican Republic. The issue arises out of an incident in 2006 where Marquez was “accused of engaging in sexual [...]

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The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blocked the assets of four Iranian intelligence officials on Friday. The move bars US persons or individuals within the US from “dealings … that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.” The move also warns that non-US persons [...]

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Twenty states filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to overturn Biden administration’s guidance allowing transgender employees and students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity. The plaintiffs, who filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, are a coalition of GOP-run states. The state of Tennessee is [...]

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The Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois denied Clearview AI’s motion to dismiss an ACLU privacy lawsuit on Friday. Clearview AI (“Clearview”) is an American facial recognition company founded in 2017. The company sells access to over three billion indexed images to law enforcement and commercial organizations. Access allows for individuals to match provided photographs [...]

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A group of Rutgers students filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey university’s vaccine mandate on Monday. The group of 18 students is represented by Children’s Health Defense (CHD), an activist group founded by Robert F. Kennedy. The organization largely campaigns against the use of certain vaccines, pesticides, and various chemicals used in foods and [...]

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A California appeals court on Monday upheld an $86 million verdict against The Monsanto Company, a subsidiary of German pharmaceutical and life sciences company, Bayer AG. The decision comes amidst a number of lawsuits filed against Monsanto, which Bayer inherited as the parent company. The suit was filed in 2019 by a couple, Alberta and Alva [...]

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The Biden administration issued an executive order Monday blocking the property of individuals contributing to the authoritarian regime in Belarus. The order expands on a prior executive order from June of 2006. It draws its legitimacy from the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, National Emergency Act the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and Section [...]

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New York state’s Nassau County Legislature Monday voted 12-6 to pass a bill that allows first responders to sue protesters for harassment and other unlawful discriminatory practices. The bill declares that it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice to harass, menace, assault or injure an individual due to such individual’s status as a first responder.” Individuals [...]

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Former executive president of Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA) Roberto David Castillo Mejía was found guilty of murder on Monday for the 2016 killing of environmental activist Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores. Castillo was a US-trained former intelligence official for the Honduran Army. The company DESA, for which he was an executive president, was working to acquire [...]

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