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Legal news from Thursday, December 29, 2016
by William Theisen

Murray Energy Corporation, the largest privately owned coal company in the US, filed a lawsuit last Thursday in an attempt to block new regulations promulgated by the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). The lawsuit was filed two days after the agency announced its decision on the new rule. In its complaint, which …

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by William Theisen

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered the executions of 340 people in the five years that he has been in power, according to a report from the Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank. About 140 of those executed are believed to have been senior officials in the North Korean …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Lt. Governor Brian Calley of Michigan signed a measure Wednesday prohibiting local regulation of shopping bags. The measure refers to the bags as "auxiliary containers" and defines the term to encompass containers made of plastic, cloth, paper, etc. The bill will not allow local governments to regulate, prohibit, or impose a fee on the containers. The bill takes …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Colombian Congress approved a measure Wednesday granting amnesty to low-level Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas who have not committed atrocious crimes. The measure will also create a special procedural system for FARC fighters accused of offenses outside the boundaries of amnesty. The new law is part of a peace deal between the Colombian …

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