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Judge rules Duke must take immediate action to clean up contaminated groundwater at ash ponds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps. Wake County Judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling comes a month after a massive coal ash spill from a Duke facility in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic grey sludge. It stems from legal action taken by the Southern Environmental Law Center in 2012.

Judge rules Duke must take immediate action to clean up contaminated groundwater at ash ponds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps. Wake County Judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling comes a month after a massive coal ash spill from a Duke facility in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic grey sludge. It stems from legal action taken by the Southern Environmental Law Center in 2012.

Spain judge summons international ETA monitors

A judge in Spain on Saturday summoned international monitors who met with the armed Basque separatist movement ETA for questioning over the whereabouts of the group's fugitive members, judicial sources said. Judge Ismael Moreno at the National Court in Madrid "summoned the six verifiers as witnesses", a court source told AFP, referring to the members of the International Verification Committee. str-rlp/er

Spain judge summons international ETA monitors

A judge in Spain on Saturday summoned international monitors who met with the armed Basque separatist movement ETA for questioning over the whereabouts of the group's fugitive members, judicial sources said. Judge Ismael Moreno at the National Court in Madrid "summoned the six verifiers as witnesses", a court source told AFP, referring to the members of the International Verification Committee. str-rlp/er

U.S. judge frees anarchist jailed for refusal to testify in bomb probe

By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday freed a self-described anarchist jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury over a 2008 bombing, saying jail time was not going to induce him to cooperate. Gerald Koch, about eight months into an 18-month jail sentence, was granted a request for release by Judge John Keenan in Manhattan Federal Court under a legal precedent that calls for the release of grand jury resisters who appear beyond any hope of cooperation.

NY judge throws out suit by photographers challenging border searches of laptops

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A New York City judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a photojournalism organization and others challenging laptop computer searches at U.S. borders. Judge Edward Korman granted the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday. Civil rights lawyers had sued in Brooklyn federal court in 2010 on behalf of the National Press Photographers Association, criminal defence lawyers and a French-American student whose laptop was confiscated at the Canadian border.

Lawyer: ACLU 'very disappointed' after NY judge finds NSA phone surveillance is legal

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A civil rights lawyer says the American Civil Liberties Union is very disappointed that a New York judge has found that a government program that collects millions of Americans' telephone records is legal. Attorney Brett Max Kaufman said the ACLU will appeal Friday's ruling by federal Judge William Pauley in Manhattan. The judge concluded that the program was legal and a valuable part of the nation's efforts to combat the threat of terrorism. The judge said the phone collection program only works because it collects everything.

Detroit bankruptcy judge follows up major bench ruling with written opinion, urges compromise

DETROIT - A judge urged Detroit and its creditors to keep negotiating Thursday in a 150-page opinion that mimics his decision earlier this week that the city is eligible for a makeover in bankruptcy court. Judge Steven Rhodes didn't break new ground since announcing the decision Tuesday during a 90-minute address to a packed courtroom. But a written opinion was necessary, especially for unions and pension funds that are pursuing appeals.

US judge orders name change for baby called Messiah

A judge in the southern US state of Tennessee has ordered parents who named their son Messiah to change it. "The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," Judge Lu Ann Ballew said in the ruling last week, according to the newspaper The Tennessean. The parents of the seven month old boy had gone to court because they could not decide what the child's last name would be -- the father's or the mother's.

Top Swazi judge in dog fight over dachshund

A Swaziland high court judge has become entangled in messy battle over custody of a dachshund puppy, which he is accused of dognapping from a neighbour using a falsified court order. Judge Jacobus Annandale, an avid dog-breeder, allegedly sent police officers with a fake court order to nab the long-bodied pup a few days after selling it. Annandale argues that his neighbour Bhekiwe Dlamini abused the furry sausage dog and is seeking an interdict to keep it.
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