In Thursday's environmental law news, Tyson Foods has settled a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club and three Kentuckians over the air pollution from 80 chicken houses. The company agreed Wednesday to fund a study of the emissions from chicken houses and paid the individuals undisclosed amounts. Tyson had taken the position that environemental liability [...]

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Israel has preliminarily agreed to release around 900 Palestinian prisoners in the near future, a senior Palestinian officer said Thursday. Palestinian authorities reportedly requested the release of 5000 prisoners, but the two sides agreed on the lesser total. Nearly 8000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons and their release has been a major demand [...]

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Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qureia ordered a ban on civilians carrying weapons in Palestinian territories on Thursday, showing a desire for less violence in the wake of the Palestinian Authority's proposal to Israel of a mutual cease-fire. The order was signed during a security meeting among senior officials amid a busy day of meetings on [...]

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The only remaining challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act is set to begin today in California. The lawsuit argues DOMA and California's Proposition 22 are violations of a gay couple's civil rights. California only recognizes marriages as between a man and a woman and DOMA allows states to disregard any gay marriages performed [...]

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World leaders and Holocaust survivors gathered in Poland Thursday to mark the 60 year anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp . The heads of state of both Israel and Germany will join those of Russia and other countries to remember the arrival of Soviet troops in 1945. Other world leaders attending [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is hearing arguments today in the legal fight over access to Vice President Dick Cheney's records from his 2001 energy task force . The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch are suing to additional task force records released, contending the public has a right to [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, Jan. 27. Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich will deliver a state of the state address today at 12 PM ET. At the EU today, Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini will hold a press conference on the EU's [...]

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