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December 2013 Data Breach: Target and MasterCard Settle Lawsuit

December 2013 Data Breach: Target and MasterCard Settle Lawsuit

On Wednesday, Target announced that it has settled a lawsuit against MasterCard involved in December 2013 data breach. Target has agreed to pay $19 million in order to settle the lawsuits.

MasterCard Inc. said that the money will be used by banks and credit unions for operating costs and fraud-related losses on cards that were affected in the incident. It shall however, be noted that the settlement will only take place if at least 90% of eligible accounts are ready for the offer and that too by May 20.

The breach has proved taxing, as it not only had cost the company’s CEO his job, but Target has not been able to overcome ever since. It is considered that in the breach, around 70 million customers were affected and also, potentially 40 million credit cards.

Attorneys to make final decisions in Colorado theater shooting case

Attorneys to make final decisions in Colorado theater shooting case

Attorneys are making final decisions in the Colorado theater shooting case. And they will be deciding regarding the jurors, who will make a decision on fate of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others almost three years ago. On Monday, jury selection reached its final stage, when prosecutors and defense attorneys talked to prospective jurors.

The remaining candidates will be whittled to 12 jurors and 12 alternates for serving in the months-long trial of James Holmes. Holmes had a shorter haircut and he also shaved the beard, which he had during the last round of jury questioning. He was seen wearing a brown shirt and reddish, tortoise shell glasses. Date for opening statements is April 27.

Jodi Arias Murder Case: Final Sentencing Today

Jodi Arias Murder Case:  Final Sentencing Today

Monday's sentencing will put an end to an almost seven-year-long trial of murderer Jodi Arias. But it is said that the sentencing is no more than a formality as the death penalty option has been removed.

Now, only two options are left with the judge. The judge can either ask the 34-year-old to be eligible for release after 25 years in jail or serve the rest of her life behind bars.

For now, it is not known whether Arias would approach and discuss with Judge Sherry Stephens before she announces the sentence. In 2013, Arias was convicted in the murder of lover Travis Alexander, 30. He was found dead in the shower of his Mesa home in June 2008.

Amazon Sues Websites for Illegally Selling Reviews on its Website

Amazon Sues Websites for Illegally Selling Reviews on its Website

On Wednesday, Amazon filed a lawsuit in King County court claiming that three websites are illegally selling reviews on its website.

Companies offer to post positive reviews on items being sold on Amazon. The rate differs like one company sells three reviews for $74 and another company offers 200 reviews for $3,400.

As per Amazon, the companies have been violating federal and state Consumer Protections acts. Not only the lawsuit has claimed that the websites are posting fake views, but they are also violating Amazon’s trademark and are providing false advertising.

Rolling Stone accused of ‘irresponsible journalism’ after it published a rape story

Rolling Stone accused of ‘irresponsible journalism’ after it published a rape

Rolling Stone magazine didn't follow basic journalistic safeguards, when it published a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. It was stated by an outside review of the matter released on Sunday.

A team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded in its critique that the story was aimed at telling about the problem of sexual violence on college campuses, but in place of that the magazine may have showed that many women create rape allegations. According to the detailed report, social scientists say that there are about 2 to 8% rape reports, which involve false allegations.

Manhattan luxury improvement where only high-paying tenants can use gym may violate laws

Manhattan luxury improvement where only high-paying tenants can use gym

Manhattan Human Rights Commissioner has agreed to hold a hearing on Stonehenge Village’s fitness center guidelines after a longtime tenant Jean Green-Dorsey filed a complaint.

Manhattan luxury improvement has banned residents in the affordable-housing units from utilizing the building’s state-of-the-art health club. However, health club ban might violate laws.

Green-Dorsey has lived in the Upper West Side constructing and pays $1,080 month-to-month. The city human rights officials stated that her apartment where only high-paying tenants can use the gym may be illegally discriminating.

Federal Appeal Court Rejects US Attorney Preet Bharara’s Request to Reconsider Insider Trading Ruling

Federal Appeal Court Rejects US Attorney Preet Bharara’s Request to Reconsider

It has been reported that a federal appeal court on Friday has denied US attorney Preet Bharara’s request to reconsider its 10 December decision throwing out guilty verdicts of two fund managers.

The ruling made it harder for the US government to win insider-trading cases survived a challenge by Bharara.

The court’s judgment placed some of the Manhattan prosecutor’s biggest victories, including the conviction of SAC Capital Advisors LP’s Michael Steinberg and at least nine others, in jeopardy.

Majorly, Bharara’s years of pursuing insider traders has now set a precedent making such cases more difficult for his successors.

There are chances that Bharara might still ask the US Supreme Court to review the appeal in a long-shot bid to salvage the convictions.

Arizona Lawmakers give green light to Abortion Bill

Arizona Lawmakers give green light to Abortion Bill

Arizona lawmakers have approved a legislation under which the abortion providers are required to tell women that they may be able to reverse a drug-induced abortion.

This will stop women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace, including abortion coverage.

The advocates on both sides of the issue said that the provision on reversing a medication abortion is the first to pass a state legislature. Arkansas lawmakers are also considering similar legislation.

The Senate, on Wednesday, has passed the proposal on an 18-11 vote, and now it has gone to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. The governor has pledged to defend the right to life but hasn't weighed in on this specific legislation.

New Hampshire Department of Safety to announce new rules related to Naloxone access

New Hampshire Department of Safety to announce new rules related to Naloxone

New rules and training will be announced by New Hampshire Department of Safety officials in an attempt to permit more law enforcement personnel to administer life-saving doses of Narcan in people who overindulge in heroin and other opioids.

On Thursday, the new rules will be announced by officials. The use of Naloxone has been examined by a task force. Naloxone is usually known by its trademark Narcan. At present, only EMTs can administer Narcan under state law.

According to Health and Human Services officials, the department would make efforts and spend more federal money. They said that it will also make attempts to distribute naloxone to first responders and family members.

Documents from Washington Auditor's Office Turned Over to US Department Of Justice

Washington Auditor Troy Kelley

Documents from the office of the Washington Auditor Troy Kelley's Office were given to the US Department of Justice after his home was searched by federal Treasury agents.

But it is not yet known that what officials have been searching. According to auditor's spokesman Thomas Shapley, the documents that were turned over Thursday were in response to a March 6 subpoena auditor's office. The spokesman said that he hadn't seen the subpoena or the documents.

About five hours were spent by agents with the US Department of Treasury to search Kelley's Tacoma home early this week. Kelley is not in the state and a statement has been issued by him that he doesn't have any information about investigation.

Marlise Law will not Bar Doctors from ending Life Support for Pregnant Patients

Marlise Law will not Bar Doctors from ending Life Support for Pregnant Patients

A Texas mother is making efforts to prevent other families from going through the same pain she had to more than a year ago. Lynne Machado’s daughter Marlise Munoz was not removed from life support for more than two months after she was declared brain dead. Munoz was 14 week pregnant when she was hooked up to life support at a Fort Worth hospital after being declared brain dead.

“It was a very difficult journey to see our daughter on artificial support for 62 days when we knew she was dead. The hospital had confirmed that”, said Lynne Machado.

Machado stepped ahead to support introduction of ‘Marlise’s law’ at the Texas legislature. The bill intends removal of language from the state’s health code that forces doctors to not end artificial support for a pregnant patient.

Cops Shoot Armed Man in Downtown Brooklyn

Cops Shoot Armed Man in Downtown Brooklyn

Cops shot a 34-year-old man on Saturday when he refused the orders to drop the gun that he pointed towards two uniformed NYPD officers in Downtown Brooklyn.

The suspect had a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that he removed from his waistband.

The police said that at about 12:50 a. m. the gunman brandished a silver handgun before he was shot in the lower torso around Nassau St. and Bridge St. near the Manhattan Bridge.

The authorities said that two uniformed officers came in an unmarked car in front of 189 Nassau St., got out and encountered two men. One of them got on the ground whereas the other man pulled out the pistol as he took off running down the block.

President Obama comments about racial discrimination by Ferguson Police Department

US President Barack Obama

On Friday US President Barack Obama called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights. At South Carolina's Benedict College, Obama said that racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was oppressive and abusive.

Obama's comments came on the eve of the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday', when police beat many of people who were marching from Selma to Montgomery in order to protest their lack of voting rights.

In his most expansive comments about the Justice Department's report on bias against blacks in Ferguson, Obama remarked that is quiet surprising to know that the investigators merely had to look at email sent by police officials to find evidence.

Asiana Airlines reaches Settlement with 72 Passengers aboard Flight 214

Asiana Airlines reaches Settlement with 72 Passengers aboard Flight 214

It has been found that Asiana Airlines made settlement with 72 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago.

A spokesman of the South Korean carrier unveiled the news of the settlement on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Frank Pitre, a lawyer for the litigants in the lawsuit, said that this was the first settlement made in connection to the crash.

Pitre said that the passengers who made settlement with the airlines were among those who had injuries that were less serious.
According to the Associated Press, terms of the settlement includes the plane’s manufacturer Boeing Co and Air Cruisers Co.

Boston Bombing Judge Denies Suspect’s Bid to Move March Trial

Boston Bombing Judge Denies Suspect’s Bid to Move March Trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has lost a final bid to move his trial to another city. It happened just a week before a jury will start hearing the terrorism case.

This is not the first denial for him, as the 21-year-old former college student has lost repeated requests to move the trial to New York or Washington.

Tsarnaev was accused of building two homemade pressure cooker bombs with his older brother, Tamerlan.

The death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has faced a delay due to painstaking jury selection, crippling snowstorms and last-ditch appeals to move the case someplace else.

Sohrabuddin case: Court drops charges against Amit Shah

Amit ShahNew Delhi, Dec 30 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh's brother Rubabuddin, however, seemed to be disappointed with the court's decision and said that Shah had been saved because of the Centre's interference in this case.

"The CBI has been used, Amit Shah has been saved with pressure from high up. This is all because of Central Government's interference, will go to the High Court," Rubabuddin said.

Meanwhile, the BJP hailed Shah's acquittal, saying the charges against him were politically motivated.

Parliament, executive should not interfere in judiciary : CJI

R-M-LodhaNew Delhi, Aug 15 : The Chief Justice of India, R. M Lodha, said Friday that he hopes the judiciary, the executive and parliament are allowed to work without any interference.

Probe sought against Altamas Kabir

Altamas-KabirLucknow, July 19 : A city-based activist and a lawyer Friday shot off a letter to the chief justice of India (CJI), seeking a probe into various allegations levelled against former CJI Altamas Kabir.

In their letter, Ashok Pandey and Nutan Thakur have demanded that a probe be ordered into Justice Altamas Kabir's role in the alleged leakage of an order passed on his last day in office.

The duo have cited an article 'Into the Darkness' by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate with the apex court, published on the website Bar and Bench at 8:36 a. m. Thursday.

Justice Altamas Kabir demitted office of CJI Thursday July 18.

Mansour sworn in Egypt's interim leader as Morsi ousted

Adli-MansourCairo, July 4 : Egyptian chief justice Adli Mansour was sworn in Thursday as the country's interim president, hours after the army ousted incumbent Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest.

Mansour, who took oath as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) earlier in the day, said fresh elections were "the only way" forward. But he gave no indication of when they would be held, BBC reported.

Morsi, the country's first freely-elected leader, described the political developments as a military coup. The army, though, said Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the people".

Registration of marriages made compulsory in Punjab

Registration-MarriageChandigarh, June 15 : The Punjab government Saturday announced that registration of marriages in the state would be mandatory in future.

The Punjab cabinet, which met here Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the Punjab Compulsory Registration Marriage Rules, 2013, for registering marriages of the residents of the state.

"All marriages were required to be now compulsorily registered under these rules within 90 days of the solemnization of the marriages," a state government spokesman said here.

The cabinet also approved a policy to regularize unauthorised colonies in the state.



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