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The City of Minneapolis Friday reached an agreement with the state of Minnesota to revamp the city’s police department. The agreement lays out a wholesale evaluation of policing practices within the City of Minneapolis, spanning use of force procedures to data system transparency. The agreement is a representation of over eight months of negotiation between the [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern Railway over the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. The DOJ claims that Norfolk Southern released harmful pollutants into the area surrounding the derailment site, potentially exposing nearby residents to significant health issues. In the lawsuit, filed in federal court [...]

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The Florida Senate committee Thursday passed Senate Bill 1674, which mandates the use of washrooms associated with an individual’s sex assigned at birth. The “Safety in Private Spaces Act” is one of the latest measures that advocates say are meant to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. The act poses a penalty of up to 60 [...]

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Thursday ruled that the US violated a 1955 treaty with Iran by freezing Iranian assets to fulfill terrorism-related awards from the US. In Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America, the court ordered the US to compensate Iran in a binding judgment, however, the court has not [...]

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A US federal judge in Texas Thursday ruled that private health insurance companies are not required to cover contraceptives, STD screenings or HIV prevention treatment (pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP). The court held that the preventative care minimum of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) violated the claimant’s rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This [...]

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Kentucky lawmakers Wednesday overrode Governor Andy Beshear’s veto on Senate Bill 150, a bill to enact restrictions on the rights of transgender youth to seek gender-affirming care and to use bathrooms that align with their gender identities. The Kentucky House of Representative approved the override in a 76-23 vote, and the state’s Senate approved the [...]

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North Carolina lawmakers Wednesday overrode Governor Roy Cooper’s veto on a bill that would allow residents to buy a handgun without a permit. Under the bill, residents no longer need a permit from the sheriff’s office which would eliminate background checks for those purchasing a gun. However, if a resident chooses to purchase a gun [...]

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The US Senate repealed the authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) against Iraq Wednesday by a vote of 66-30. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made opening remarks addressing the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs formerly passed by Congress. He said: The United States, Iraq, the entire world has changed dramatically since 2002. These AUMFs [...]

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Shoe manufacturer Adidas Wednesday reversed course and withdrew its claim against Black Lives Matter (BLM) alleging that the group’s logo violates Adidas’ trademark. Adidas filed the initial claim with the US Trademark Office on Monday. According to the BBC, a spokesperson for Adidas said, “Adidas will withdraw its opposition to the Black Lives Matter Global [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Tuesday signed Senate Bill No. 2, the first state-level gas price gouging penalty law in the US, into law. Newsom’s office referred to the new law as the “strongest state-level oversight and accountability measures on Big Oil in the nation.” The new law authorizes the California Energy Commission (CEC) to set [...]

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