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     1.) On FCC’s Hook for Data Throttling, AT&T Ducks Parallel FTC Action
     Sidelining charges against AT&T over data throttling, the Ninth Circuit found the carrier exempt Monday from the Federal Trade Commission’s authority
     2.) Obama Creates Largest Protected Place on Earth, Around Hawaiian Islands
     President Barack Obama on Friday expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii by four times to include some 580,000 square miles of the northwest Hawaiian Islands.
     3.) Citizens United Cannot Keep Donors Secret
     A federal judge on Monday dismissed Citizens United’s claims that its donors would face harassment or retaliation if their names are made public, as required by New York law.
     4.) CA Chided for Shielding Court-Reporter Work
     Federal antitrust officials on Friday warned against a California bill in the making that would limit California courts’ ability to outsource court reporting, saying the plan could increase court costs and jeopardize judicial integrity.
     5.) Court Reinstates Trader Joe’s Copycat Claims
     The Ninth Circuit gave Trader Joe’s the green light to pursue a federal trademark claim against the owner of accused Canadian knockoff Pirate Joe’s.
     6.) Singapore Sees Quick Rise in Number of Zika Cases
     Singapore has reported 56 cases of Zika infections transmitted locally, the latest nation to experience an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that is rapidly becoming a pandemic.
     7.) Plants Need Less Water as Climate Change Worsens
     Researchers say rising carbon dioxide levels will make plants less thirsty, resulting in a drastic reduction of climate change-induced droughts.
     8.) Clancy Will Binds Kids With Estate Tax Burden
     A state appeals court in Maryland has ruled the novelist Tom Clancy’s children must bear the brunt of the estate tax burden assessed with the execution of his will.

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