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States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump

Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The monthly payments would normally be scheduled to go out Friday. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked a judge in San Francisco for an emergency court order by 4 p.m. Thursday requiring they be paid on time. Becerra said Trump is illegally trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, President…

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“More Perfect,” Where “Radiolab” Meets the Supreme Court

The complexities of our national quest for a more perfect union—the preamble phrase referenced in the title of “More Perfect,” the Supreme Court-focussed podcast spinoff of WNYC’s popular long-running show “Radiolab”—didn’t take long to become apparent in the show’s first season, which came out last summer. The show is often subtly astonishing. It’s both sobering in its thoughtful investigations of the United States government’s unfairness to many of its own citizens and quietly optimistic in its desire to make us understand. With brio, liveliness, and impressive reporting, Season 1 explores…

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Unsent text accepted as dead man's will by Australian court

A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew. The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year . Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will. In the…

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Condom-detecting fingerprint test 'set for court use'

Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about a suspect, including any alcohol or drug use, researchers have said. The Home Office said it could be “only months” before it is used in casework. Teams from Sheffield Hallam University have been working with West Yorkshire Police to pilot…

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Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs' independence move

Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday’s session of Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be “a breach of the constitution”. Earlier Prime Minister Mario Rajoy warned Catalonia’s regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had indicated that he could make such a declaration at next week’s session. In Thursday’s ruling, the Constitutional Court upheld a challenge by Catalonia’s Socialist Party, which opposes secession from Spain. Allowing the regional…

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Leicester City consider going to Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA's latest rejection of Adrien Silva signing

Adrien Silva Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Leicester are considering going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the signing of Adrien Silva. The Foxes’ appeal to FIFA to secure the registration of Portuguese midfielder Silva was on Wednesday morning rejected by world football’s governing body. Leicester and the Football Association had asked FIFA to ratify the transfer after the paperwork for Silva’s £22million deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon was submitted 14 seconds late. That request was denied and, as things stand, Silva will now not be registered to…

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