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Legal news from Wednesday, December 21, 2016
by Taylor Isaac

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a ban on offshore drilling in almost 120 million acres of federally owned Arctic and Atlantic waters. As a preemptive opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, the goal of the declaration is to "protect the planet we share" and to protect the various environmental aspects in these regions, such …

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by Taylor Isaac

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced criminal charges against four former state officials in connection with the Flint water crisis. Two former emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, were charged with four felonies—false pretenses, conspiracy to commit false pretenses, misconduct in office, and willful neglect of duty—and face maximum sentences of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday rejected a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for information about the US government's use of drones for "targeted killings." A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Tuesday for a murder investigation of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after Duterte admitted to killing people while he served as mayor of Davao. Duterte said last week that he had personally patrolled the streets of Davao on his motorcycle and had killed about three [BBC …

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