The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reduced United Parcel Service’s (UPS) civil damages Thursday for transporting cigarettes to New York City. The decision reduced the district court’s order from $247 million in damages to $97.6 million. In an effort to combat tobacco related health issues, New York officials have passed excise taxes [...]

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A Chinese Intermediate Court on Thursday sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers who conspired to manufacture and sell illicit drugs in violation of the national drug management law. This case arose when defendants Wang Fengxi and Xia zengqi registered “Tang Shen Technology Bio Co., Ltd.” and “Milin Biotechnology Co., Ltd.” to carry out the sales of pharmaceutical [...]

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The three House of Representatives committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump released the transcript of the deposition by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent on Thursday. The House of Representatives is currently investigating Trump for allegedly attempting to induce the government of Ukraine into publicly launching an investigation into former Vice [...]

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Lawmakers in New Zealand approved a bill on Thursday that aims to reduce the country’s non-biogenetic greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050. The Zero Carbon Bill provides a framework for limiting average global temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as set forth in the Paris Agreement. The bill establishes a Climate Change Commission, [...]

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper made two important changes to voter laws on Wednesday, vetoing Senate Bill 250 to remove foreign citizens from the rolls and signing Senate Bill 638 to restore Saturday early voting. Senate Bill 250 was intended to codify the common law requirement that jurors be US citizens and to share with [...]

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A New York state judge fined US President Donald Trump $2 million for improperly disbursing Trump Foundation funds through his 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Thursday court filing. The lawsuit stems from a 2016 televised fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in which Trump raised over $2.8 million to support charitable organizations serving veterans. The [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the injunction of an Arkansas state law prohibiting panhandling, saying that it could be a violation of free speech. The anti-loitering law prohibits “begging in a manner that is harassing, causes alarm, or impedes traffic.” The court enjoined Arkansas Code § 5-71-213; violations [...]

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US Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Family Friendly Schools Act Wednesday, calling for children’s school days to align with parents’ workdays to better support working families. The bill would establish a pilot program in which 500 elementary schools receive no more than $5,000,000 per school district to implement the program. Instead [...]

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