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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Tofurky Co. on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Bureau of Standards challenging a new law (Act 501)that prohibits the labeling of plant-based meat alternatives as “meat” or related terms like “beef,” “pork,” “roast,” “sausage” and “burger.” Plaintiffs allege that Act 501 “is a restriction on commercial [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities continue to hold five prisoners after they completed their sentences up to three years ago, without a clear legal basis. The five men are Osama al-Najjar, online activist; Khalifa al-Rabea and Othman al-Shehhi, online activists and members of al-Islah (a nonviolent Islamist [...]

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The UK Parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of two amendments that will compel the British government to legalize same-sex marriage and liberalize abortion in Northern Ireland (NI), if NI cannot reestablish its devolved government before October 21, 2019. NI is the only province in the country that does not allow same-sex marriage and forbids [...]

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The Committee on Ways and Means of the Democratic-led House of Representatives filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Department of the Treasury and the IRS, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, seeking disclosure of President Trump’s tax return information. According to the complaint, Section 6103(f) of the Internal Revenue Code requires [...]

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US Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit funding for US military action against Iran without Congress’ approval. The amendment provides that “no Federal funds may be used for any use of military force in or against Iran unless Congress [...]

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Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, a Pittsburgh resident and a recent graduate of a Pittsburgh public high school, was arrested on Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and two counts of distributing information relating to [...]

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The Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision on Thursday that the statute of limitations for a 42 U. S. C. §1983 fabricated-evidence claim does not begin until the criminal proceedings against a defendant have finished. The plaintiff in McDonough v. Smith was a commissioner of the county board of elections who processed ballots in [...]

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Monday the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, also known as the “Green Light Bill”, which amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The bill authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue standard drivers’ licenses and restricts what [...]

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Parents sued Amazon on Tuesday on behalf of their children claiming that Amazon’s Alexa devices are recording the children’s voice without children’s or parents’ consent. One of the claims was filed in California state court, and the other was filed on the same day in Washington federal court, both seeking class action status. The complaints [...]

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