The Minneapolis City Council released on Friday a draft of the proposed changes to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. The draft of the proposed changes shows a plan to replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention that would be responsible for “public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday revoked the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that allowed for chloroquine phosphate (CQ) and hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQ) to be used to treat certain hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Under § 564 of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the authorization of a product for emergency use may [...]

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The Missouri Administrative Commission ruled on Friday for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, allowing the state’s only abortion provider to renew its license. The Department of Health and Senior Services refused license renewal to Planned Parenthood due to, among other concerns, its substantial failure to conduct physician interviews, to file complication reports for [...]

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Groups in Kentucky brought a federal lawsuit Thursday over Kentucky’s failure to adapt voting regulations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Covington & Burling, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday blocked a lower court’s order that Ohio’s election officials must accept electronically-signed and witnessed petitions. Three individuals and two organizations, who are obtaining signatures in support of initiatives to amend the Ohio Constitution and propose municipal ordinances, allege that COVID-19 and the state’s stay-at-home [...]

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The Hague Court ruled against anti-5G activists on Monday, allowing the Netherlands to roll out 5G nationwide. Stop5GNL, a foundation that aims to protect and promote the health of Dutch residents in general and in particular in connection with electromagnetic fields, sought to prohibit the Netherlands from promoting or enabling the roll-out of 5G at [...]

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Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Thursday reiterated that Palestine is a state for the purposes of transferring criminal jurisdiction over its territory to The Hague. According to Bensouda, under article 53(1) of the Rome Statute, the ICC has territorial jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This territory consists [...]

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Planned Parenthood and abortion providers in Texas on Sunday appealed a federal court decision to the US Supreme Court, asking the court to allow medication abortions pending a full appeal. This case arises from a March 22 executive order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that prohibits elective surgeries and medical procedures until April 21. The [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a Third Circuit court opinion, holding that the plain language of the safe-berth clause in the parties’ sub-charter agreement establishes a warranty of safety. In the final stretch of a tanker’s journey from Venezuela to New Jersey, an abandoned ship anchor punctured the tanker’s hull, causing 264,000 gallons [...]

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US House Democrats on Monday announced their COVID-19 stimulus bill, which includes funding for election assistance, including 15 days of early voting and no excuse ballot by mail. The bill requires corporations to protect their workers’ wages and benefits, protects healthcare workers, strengthens unemployment insurance, strengthens Child Tax Credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit, [...]

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