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Amnesty International called Thursday for an investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen. The group published a report  detailing the stories of men in southern Yemen detention facilities. The report documents “how scores of men have been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily arrested and detained by United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemeni forces [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence that Monsanto’s popular weed killer, Roundup, might be carcinogenic, allowing lawsuits to move forward. Judge Vince Chhabria’s order cites different scientific tests and testimony from multiple doctors and scientists. These reports show that the company [...]

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  announced  Wednesday that it intends to fine Facebook  a maximum £500,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act of 1998 . The announcement follows an investigation  into whether campaigns on both sides of the EU membership issue inappropriately used personal data. Facebook with Cambridge Analytica , among other organizations, have been the focus of [...]

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US President Donald Trump  signed an executive order  on Tuesday that changes the hiring process for administrative law judges (ALJs).  The order allows agencies to appoint ALJs and exempts the candidates from the “competitive examination and competitive service selection procedures.” Previously ALJs were hired  from a general list of qualified candidates. Trump cited a recent Supreme Court decision , [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit  ruled  Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  is immune from certain claims brought by passengers alleging wrongdoing. In a 2-1 ruling, the court held that TSA officers are not “investigative or law enforcement officers,” and therefore are protected by federal law against certain tort claims. Citing [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit  upheld  Monday a US District Court ruling that New Jersey’s new bail system, which does away with most cash bail, is constitutional. The law was challenged by Brittan Holland, who was arrested for aggravated assault last year. He alleged that the new system created by the [...]

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