March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A bipartisan bill seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and ...[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 Peter Snyder
The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict in Yemen could erupt into ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released a package of proposed legislation aimed at combating tax deals between individual EU member states and multinational companies. Included in the "Tax Transparency Package" is legislation requiring member states to ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Serbian police on Wednesday arrested eight men suspected of having a direct role in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslim men and boys during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. In July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed in Srebrenica and the surrounding area over a period ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads that Amtrak, the publicly funded railroad service, is a governmental entity. However, the court remanded to US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rule on the ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association that under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) federal agencies are exempt from notice-and-comment requirements when amending or repealing interpretive rules. In 2006 the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The General Court of the European Union on Wednesday annulled a portion of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework requiring financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be located in the Eurozone. The UK brought the action before the General Court, contending ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the ...[read more]

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