March 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Thursday released its 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview, noting that Palestinian civilians continue to face daily threats to their physical safety and liberty, with 2014 holding the highest civilian death toll in the conflict since the ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69, passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich on constitutional grounds. Any doctor found to have ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US military on Wednesday charged former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Frank v. Walker, allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, but reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow employees time off for certain ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Marisa Rodrigues
JURIST Guest Columnist Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University School of Law discusses how interpreting the ACA in King v. Burwell affect Medicaid and CHIP recipients ... An important issue flagged in the March 4 Supreme Court oral argument in King v. Burwell has until now been largely ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Serbian war crimes prosecutors said Tuesday that five people have been charged with committing a wartime massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, with 10 more still under investigation in Bosnia. The massacre occurred in 1993, when the five allegedly abducted 20 people from a train in ...[read more]

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