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Iowa lawmaker urges EPA to speed up rule expanding ethanol sales

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks during a news conference to discuss the FBI background investigation into the assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must act quickly to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends if President Donald Trump aims to keep a campaign promise to corn farmers.  Full Article 

Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossello (C) arrives with Elias Sanchez (L) and Ana Matosantos (pink blouse) of Puerto Rico's fiscal control board for a meeting of the Financial Oversight and Management Board at the Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico March 31, 2017. Picture taken March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Puerto Rico's revised fiscal plan approved over government opposition

SAN JUAN - Puerto Rico's federally appointed financial oversight board on Tuesday unanimously approved a revised fiscal reform plan meant to put the bankrupt island on a path toward solvency, but faced opposition from its elected government for being too strict.  Full Article 

Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg, 20mg and 15mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. sit on a counter at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey

Podcast: Can private lawyers hold drug companies accountable for the opioid epidemic?

Cities, states and counties across the country have hired private lawyers to sue the pharmaceutical companies that they blame for the addiction crisis that has cost tens of thousands of lives – and billions of dollars.  Listen 

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Former California doctor accused of sexual abuse faces new lawsuit

A new lawsuit will be filed on Tuesday by some of the hundreds of women who have accused a former University of Southern California gynecologist of sexual abuse, despite an agreement last week to settle a federal class action, women's rights attorney Gloria Allred's office said.

Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filings

U.S. authorities have held some immigrant children who entered the country illegally and without a parent in a temporary "tent city" in Texas for months, violating a 20-year-old court order on how long minors can be detained, according to court filings by civil rights lawyers and immigration advocates.

U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a judge's order forcing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to give a deposition in a lawsuit by 18 states challenging a planned question in the 2020 census that would ask respondents whether they are U.S. citizens.

Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that transgender issues were in flux and he aims to protect the country after a report that his administration was considering defining gender as male or female based on genitalia at birth drew widespread condemnation.

Trump lawyer: Manafort said nothing damaging in Mueller interviews

Under an unusual arrangement, Paul Manafort's attorney has kept Donald Trump informed about the former campaign chairman's meetings with prosecutors investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and, according to Trump's lawyer, Manafort has not said anything damaging about the president.

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Ex-GSK scientist's sister admits to role in trade secret theft scheme

The sister of a former GlaxoSmithKline Plc researcher pleaded guilty on Monday to helping hide the proceeds of what U.S. prosecutors say was a scheme to steal trade secrets related to drugs the British pharmaceutical company was developing.  Read more 

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6th Circuit judge (and SCOTUS short-lister) calls for end to Auer deference

Last March, in a little-noticed dissent from the denial of U.S. Supreme Court review in Garco Construction v. Speer, Justice Clarence Thomas said the court’s 1997 precedent in Auer v. Robbins (117 S.Ct. 905) is primed for reconsideration. Auer, in case you’ve forgotten, requires courts to defer to executive agencies’ interpretations of their own rules and regulations. As Justice Thomas chronicled in his Garco dissent, that principle has in recent years taken a beating in concurrences

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