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Court rules environmental risks of Shell’s Arctic drilling have not been properly assessed

Shell’s hopes of drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska this summer faced a serious setback when a US federal court ruled that the full range of environmental risks had not been assessed by the government. The 9th circuit court of appeals ruled in favour of green groups and Native Alaskan…

Court allows continued enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask’ policy, at least until mid-2011

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members of the military to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service, will continue being enforced until mid-2011 thanks to a Monday ruling by an appeals court in San Francisco. The extension, granted by the…