In Friday's environmental law news, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thompson has announced that starting in January all tobacco will be banned on HHS property. The Department, which has about 66,000 employees, currently bans smoking inside its buildings. The new ban will extend the smoking ban to all outdoor property as well [...]

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NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is expected to file suit Friday or Monday against health insurance consulting firm Universal Life Resources, stemming from a seven-month investigation into bid-rigging in the insurance industry. United Policy Holders, a consumer insurance group, has already filed suit against Universal, alleging that the company accepted payments from insurers to send [...]

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Ten days after the last ballots were cast, the Washington state governor's race remained too close to call Friday, and the state Democratic party said it was considering options including legal action. State officials still have thousands of provisional ballots to count and only about 3,600 votes separate leader Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Christine [...]

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The Dutch parliament (official site in Dutch) Friday asked the government to draft laws restricting the employment of imams at Dutch mosques only to those who have studied Islam in the country. A vote on the new law was delayed after Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said it may be considered discriminatory unless applied to [...]

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported that South Korea conducted illegal nuclear tests in the 1980s and 2000, in which it secretly extracted or enriched small amounts of plutonium and uranium. Although the tests did not produce enough uranium for a weapon and South Korea has repeatedly stressed it does not intend to build [...]

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