April 18, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women under Florida state law. The court held that the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA), which makes it "an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate based on an individual," ...[read more]
April 18, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on Thursday issued a joint statement on the situation in Ukraine after a Ukrainian military base was attacked in an act of increasing violence between government troops and pro-Russia militias. The statement promises amnesty "to protesters and to those who have ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN troops, which will be known as MINUSCA, will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers and will not take over until September. French ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Thursday granted an emergency request to force Indiana to immediately recognize a same-sex marriage in a death certificate of a spouse of a couple who wed in another state. The temporary order, which would last 28 days, was ...[read more]
April 4, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that requires a parent or guardian's approval before a minor can have abortion. Under the law, a minor wishing to get an abortion without parental consent must prove in court that she cannot consult her parents, and the court can appoint a guardian ad ...[read more]
April 4, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday voted 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday granted an extension of a temporary hold on a Detroit federal judge's ruling in DeBoer v. Michigan that struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. The court granted the stay in light of the US Supreme Court's issuance of a stay in a ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld two San Francisco gun laws, stating that the laws reasonably attempt to increase public safety without infringing on Second Amendment rights. The laws, found in San Francisco's Police Code at Sections 4512 and 613.10, ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the international community to step up its human rights efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR) during opening remarks at a press conference during a visit to the country. Expressing the urgent need to restore law in order ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that California's controversial voter-approved DNA collection law likely passes constitutional scrutiny. This is the second time that the court has looked at the case. The law allows police to collect a DNA sample from any adult ...[read more]

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