The world's largest seed companies, Monsanto and DuPont, have agreed to drop their respective $1-billion lawsuits. Instead, they will now cooperate on certain genetic-modification projects that were previously the subject of heated legal battles.
The use of drug-sniffing dogs outside the home of someone suspected of growing drugs requires a search warrant, the US Supreme Court has ruled, declaring inadmissible all evidence obtained by a drug dog’s nose as well as human sight, sound and smell.
The situation is getting desperate in Guantanamo with many of the hunger striking inmates prepared to die, federal public defender Carlos Warner told RT, stressing that his client is calling on the Obama administration to either ‘respect or kill’ them.
North Dakota passed new legislation on Tuesday restricting access to abortion. Terminations will now be forbidden once a fetal heartbeat is detected, and the state will be the first to ban abortions due to fetal genetic defects such as Down's Syndrome.
Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to cancel year-round 'summer time' in Russia, dismissing a petition by a number of public organizations to invalidate a government decree that had annulled the use of Daylight Savings Time in 2011.
The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.
Two Texas state troopers responsible for a roadside body cavity search of two women have been indicted on charges of sexual assault and oppression. One of the troopers was also charged with theft for taking one of the victim’s prescription medications.
Germany’s Pirate Party has accused the country’s Federal Criminal Police of spending millions on what it deems to be unconstitutional spyware. The party’s vice president says state spyware is not allowed in Germany.
The Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) has sued Twitter and is pursuing further court action after the social networking site declined to expose names of anti-Semitic tweet authors, despite a French court ruling commanding their identification.
North Dakota legislatures have passed toughest anti-abortion resolution, asking the public to decide whether the state constitution should define life as beginning at conception. If approved, state-wide abortions will be outlawed.
Lawyers for the Obama administration will argue next week that US authorities are not required to obtain a search warrant before attaching a GPS device to an individual’s car in order to keep tabs on them.
Following a leaked recording seeming to prove the existence of an NYPD arrest quota system, a second police officer has come forward to explain to a federal judge why he decided to record his superiors as they directed him to increase “stop-and-frisks.”