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Two American men accused of helping disgraced former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in 2019 were extradited from the US on Monday, the Tokyo Prosecutor’s Office confirmed in a press conference. Michael Taylor and his son Peter were arrested at Narita International Airport by marshals of the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office and charged on [...]

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The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will be sanctioning seven Russian officials in a cooperative effort with the EU to respond to the treatment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny by the Russian government. These new sanctions come after Navalny was arrested and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for violating parole. The EU and [...]

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A bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and signed by more than 170 members of the US House of Representatives is pressuring the Biden Administration to “elevate human rights” in American policy toward Turkey. The letter, dated February 26 and made public Monday, acknowledges the longstanding political relationship the United States has [...]

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday announced the creation of a “Family Reunification Task Force” with plans to reunite hundreds of migrant children with their parents, separated under former president Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. “We are dedicating our resources throughout and the federal government, and bringing our full weight to [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments Monday in United States v. Arthrex, Inc., a case that intersects patent law, administrative law and the separation of powers. The question before the court is whether administrative patent judges of the US Patent and Trademark Office should be considered “principal officers” who must receive both presidential appointment [...]

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The largest power company in Texas filed for bankruptcy Monday following a historic cold snap that caused week-long blackouts and left at least 4.3 million people without power across the state. When temperatures in Texas dropped below freezing and caused power grids to fail, energy providers like Brazos Electric Power Cooperative had to purchase replacement [...]

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The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two cases involving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Social Security Act. The case United States v. Vaello-Madero involves an equal protection challenge, while Babcock v. Saul involves the Social Security Act’s windfall elimination provision. In United States v. Vaello-Madero, the court will address whether Congress violated the [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California approved a $650 million settlement in a biometric privacy class action lawsuit against Facebook. The settlement is one of the largest ever for a privacy lawsuit and represents a major victory for data privacy advocates. The lawsuit originated in 2015 and was filed by [...]

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The US Supreme Court granted injunctive relief in an order Friday to a group of churches in Santa Clara County, California, who sought to continue holding indoor worship services in spite of COVID-19 bans. Under the Santa Clara County guidelines, “ worship service is categorized by the County as a ‘gathering,’ and gatherings are prohibited. [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Friday sentenced white supremacist Richard Holzer to 19.5 years in prison for the federal hate crime of planning to blow up the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado. Holzer, a self-identifying Neo-Nazi and white supremacist, was arrested in November 2019. His plan to bomb [...]

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