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UPDATE 1-China says U.S. audit law targeting Chinese firms discriminatory

(Adds more details, background)

SHANGHAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – China’s securities regulator said on Friday that U.S. legislation that threatens to kick Chinese firms off its exchanges is “clearly discriminatory” and politically driven, but China is still willing to talk.

The U.S. Congress passed legislation on Wednesday that would force Chinese firms to delist from U.S. exchanges unless they abide by U.S. accounting rules. It is expected soon to be signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement that the “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” is “clearly discriminatory” and not based on professional grounds.

The Act would force U.S.-listed companies to prove that they are not controlled by a foreign government, and require companies name Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on their boards, and disclose whether their articles of incorporation contains any charter of the CCP.

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Wisconsin COVID 19 Update: WI reports 5,095 new coronavirus cases, 62 deaths

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin health officials reported 5,095 new COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths Thursday.

The seven-day positivity rate dropped to 12.7%. The state has recorded a total of 374,537 cases and 3,240 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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The number of COVID-19 infections in Wisconsin continues to tick downward. The number of cases has now declined every day since Saturday, an encouraging sign after the state saw a record-high 7,989 cases on Nov. 18.

Conservative attorneys challenge Dane County gatherings ban

A conservative law firm is asking the state Supreme Court to strike down Dane County’s ban on indoor gatherings and sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty asked the justices Monday to take its lawsuit challenging the ban and issue an immediate injunction. The firm argues the issue is

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Georgia election officials to give update on hand recount of ballots cast in presidential race

ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — A Georgia election official said Tuesday morning that the hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race would be complete by Wednesday evening.

“We feel like we’re on a good path,” said Gabriel Sterling with Georgia’s Secretary of State Office. “The audit is on pace.”

Sterling said the by-hand recount is so the state can move to certify its election results. Once certified, the losing campaign can request a recount, which would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes. The AP has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 0.3 percentage points.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger did not attend Tuesday morning’s news conference. Trump and his allies have criticized Raffensperger, saying that mismanagement and fraud tainted the state’s presidential election.

Over the weekend, Trump posted on social

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Immigration Lawyer Carlos E. Sandoval Informs of Naturalization Civics Test Update

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MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / November 20, 2020 / On November 13, 2020 USCIS announced that it has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. Florida Immigration attorney, Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval encourages those applying for naturalization …

MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / November 20, 2020 / On November 13, 2020 USCIS announced that it has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. Florida Immigration attorney, Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval encourages those applying for naturalization …

MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / November 20, 2020 / On November 13, 2020 USCIS announced that it has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. Florida Immigration attorney, Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval encourages those applying for naturalization to submit their application before December 1, 2020.

All naturalization applicants with a filing date

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UPDATE 1-South African broadcaster SABC delays job cuts plan by a week

(Adds blackout contingency plan)

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delayed a plan to lay off 600 employees by a week on Friday after threats of a radio and TV blackout by some of its presenters and journalists.

The public broadcaster is among the heavily indebted state-owned firms that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to wean off public funding.

Its staff of around 3,000 permanent employees and 1,500 independent contractors is among SABC’s biggest expenses, although unions say the high salaries of middle management and executives are to blame.

The SABC board said this week it needed at least 1 billion rand ($65 million) a year to keep going, and that its plan to cut costs by reducing headcount was not yet working.

“The Board of the SABC would like to announce that it will suspend the S189 process for a period of

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UPDATE: No criminal charges for cop who shot, killed Rashad Cunningham | Crime and Courts

Stroth suggested last year that Price had a history of questionable run-ins with citizens. Gary police records obtained by The Times show Price was suspended for 30 days without pay in 2013 for punching a child in the stomach and lying to superiors about it.

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince offered his condolences to the Cunningham family in a statement Thursday.

“I know there are no words I can say that will ease the sense of loss you’ve experienced since last year,” Prince said.  

“For our community, please understand I am limited in my responses, as the city is involved in litigation in this case. You may be frustrated and upset at the result of this investigation. If you feel the need to join together and express your opinions, I encourage you to do so, but please do so peacefully and respectfully,” Prince said.  

Prince noted his call for a new

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Colorado Marijuana Attorney Rob Corry Barred from Practicing Law Update

Rob Corry was once more famous for practicing law than for being on the wrong side of it. But after a series of arrests and embarrassing incidents in Colorado and beyond, Corry has now been formally barred from working as an attorney in the state for one year and one day — and his legal difficulties are far from over.

Much of Corry’s renown was based on his work for marijuana reform. He helped write Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot measure that legalized recreational cannabis sales in the state; staged stunts like free joint giveaways to draw attention to pot-related issues; and was deeply involved in a previous version of the Denver 4/20 rally. He’s also represented clients in legal cases that had nothing to do with marijuana, including Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, the 23-year-old Houston truck driver accused of causing an enormous crash on Interstate 70 that killed four people

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Ice-T Gives an Exciting Update on Filming for Season 22

Fans of Law & Order: SVU can’t wait for season 22 to get underway. With the premiere literally days away, Ice-T recently posted an exciting update with information that fans will appreciate. Even with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our midst, that hasn’t stopped filming from going ahead in a safe way.

When does season 22 of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ premiere?

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Fans won’t have to wait too much longer for their favorite series to return. SVU will come back to our television screens on Thursday, November 12, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. But what can fans expect to see play out in this new season?

A fan tweeted a question about whether the show would return starting with Sir Toby’s (Ian McShane) trial, and apparently it won’t. According to showrunner Warren Leight, the series will center around what’s been happening in the world.

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Pennsylvania’s Wolf: 1 Million Votes Uncounted: Election Update

(Bloomberg) — With counting in many states expected to continue late into the night — and perhaps beyond — Americans were poring over the latest vote totals Tuesday night. Across the country, officials reported few technical problems at the polls — yet an avalanche of early votes and mail-in ballots were complicating the tabulations. In addition to choosing between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Americans are casting votes in U.S. House and Senate races and state and local elections.



a close up of a box: Early voting at the Lansing City Clerk's office on November 02, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.


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Early voting at the Lansing City Clerk’s office on November 02, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

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Pennsylvania’s Wolf: 1 Million Votes Uncounted

Pennsylvania has

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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Sept. 30 update

Hicks Morley has announced the appointment of Craig Rix as the new managing partner, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Rix will be the fifth person to hold the position in Hicks Morley’s 48-year history.

Based in the firm’s Toronto office, Rix’s practice focuses on labour and employment law, including change management, collective bargaining negotiations and rights arbitration advocacy in the public and private sectors.

“Craig has been a member of the firm’s executive for over 9 years and has established a reputation for thoughtful leadership, exceptional client service and active engagement within the legal, public sector and business community,” said Stephen Shamie, the preceding managing partner, who has announced that he is stepping down after serving for 18 years in the role. According to the news release, Shamie will stay on as a partner in the firm.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Iris Tam is a new partner in the real

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