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Source: CBS News

Monsanto punitive damages slashed by judge; Verdict upheld

Today 13:36 GMT

A judge on Monday upheld a jury's verdict that found Monsanto's weed killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer, but she slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to $78 million.

"Although we believe a reduction in punitive damages was unwarranted and we are weighing the options, we are pleased the court did not disturb the verdict," she said. Monsanto spokesman Daniel Childs said that the company was pleased with the reduced reward but still planned to appeal the verdict.

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Source: DW

Monsanto liable for cancer-causing Roundup weed killer, judge rules

Today 15:26 GMT

A US judge has denied Monsanto a new trial after finding the agrochemical company liable for its cancer-causing product.

The trial was the first of its kind to find Monsanto liable for not warning users of the potential carcinogenic properties of glyphosate found in its Roundup herbicide. And whoever, at the end of this list, believes it's okay to smear some honey on what is hopefully a glyphosate-free organic roll, is likely to be unhappy.

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Source: CBS News

Senators Heitkamp and Collins – friends who disagreed about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination

Today 15:26 GMT

Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, and Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, sat down with us to explain their view of Judge Kavanaugh, his accusers and why they may have voted against their own political interests.

Scott Pelley: The senators who have decided to vote in favor of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination seem to believe that he was wrongfully accused. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: I think when Senator Durbin asked her how certain she was and she looked at him and she said, "I'm 100% certain," I believe her.

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Source: Fox News

New Hampshire Judge Blocks Law Requiring Would-Be Voters to Prove Residency

Today 17:17 GMT

The Union Leader reported that the suit to block the law was filed last year by multiple entities: the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and voters "who claim the new registration requirements are onerous and an unnecessary obstacle to exercising their constitutional rights."

Senate Bill 3 calls for "would-be voters to provide proof of residency, other than the voter affidavit they had been required to sign," according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Judge Kenneth Brown suspended the implementation of the bill, writing in his decision that it "threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote.". "SB3's forms are drafted in a manner that makes them confusing, hard to navigate and comply with, and difficult to complete in a timely manner," Brown wrote.

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Source: Fox News

Judge ruling over Harvard admission trial was rejected from school: report

Today 15:27 GMT

The federal judge presiding over a trial involving the allegation that Harvard University intentionally discriminated against Asian-Americans in its admissions process was reportedly rejected by the school when she applied.

Reporters covering the trial received an email on Monday from "Veritas in Diversitas," with the subject line: “Federal Judge Hides Her Own Painful History of Harvard Rejection,” according to the New York Times.

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Source: The Guradian

Monsanto trial: judge rejects bid to overturn landmark cancer verdict

Today 15:26 GMT

A California judge has rejected Monsanto’s appeal to overturn a landmark jury verdict which found that its popular herbicide causes cancer.

The judge said in her ruling Monday that if Johnson did not accept the lower punitive damages, she would order a new trial for Monsanto. The August verdict was a major victory for campaigners who have long fought Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world.

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Source: Global News

Alleged Fredericton shooter tells judge he should be ‘exonerated’ due to ‘temporary insanity’

Today 13:35 GMT

The man charged with murder in a Fredericton shooting spree that left four people dead says he should be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity. “This has to be settled now, so I will be exonerated today,” Matthew Raymond told the judge during what was supposed to be a brief appearance Monday in provincial court.

READ MORE: Alleged Fredericton gunman had firearms licence, gun was legally obtainable. The lean, bearded 48-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

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Source: BBC

9 showbiz stories you may have missed

Sunday 17:15 GMT

If you tuned into the X Factor last weekend, you might recall footage of excited contestants enjoying the high life in business class.

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, announced his retirement at the age of 84. Christmas time, eating cake and having such a brilliant time with Spice, Sherry and Paul."

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Source: The Guradian

Kavanaugh once lobbied for judge now handling ethics complaints against him

Today 06:06 GMT

Supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh once lobbied in support of a controversial judge who is now tasked with reviewing more than a dozen ethics complaints filed against him during his own confirmation process.

The chief justice of the supreme court, John Roberts, asked Tymkovich to examine more than a dozen judicial ethics complaints filed against Kavanaugh while he was technically still a circuit court judge.

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Source: The Guradian

Trial of eight accused of murdering Honduran activist in chaos

Monday 08:04 GMT

The trial of eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres has been thrown into disarray after judges ousted the victim’s lawyers from proceedings.

In a statement, the family said: “This fraudulent decision by the court leaves us the victims completely defenceless, because, for two years and a half, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has demonstrated its inability and unwillingness to follow correct judicial process… it shows a commitment by the authorities to maintain in total impunity the criminal structure responsible for the systematic attacks against Copinh and the murder of Berta Cáceres.”


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