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US Supreme Court rebuffs companies over lead paint liability

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by three paint manufacturers challenging a California court ruling that held them liable for millions of dollars in damages relating to the use of lead paint decades ago. The justices left in place the lower court’s 2017 ruling that endorsed a trial …

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Why disaster relief is so hard

Hurricane Michael wreaked devastation in the southern US last week, leaving at least 18 people dead. It’s been estimated that damages will total up to $30 billion. That’s a devastating toll, but could easily have been much worse; Michael was a stronger storm than Katrina or Andrew, but hit a …

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