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Obama nominates Garland for Supreme Court Judge

Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland for the US Supreme Court Judge, setting up a potential showdown with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block Obama's nominee.

Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The 63-year-old is currently the chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The President said: "I've selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence."

Birmingham one of UK's worst cities for air pollution

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to cut the level of nitrogen dioxide in Britain's air.

Campaigners claim pollution causes 29,000 early deaths a year in the UK - more than from obesity and alcohol combined.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports from Birmingham, one of the worst affected cities.

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Government ordered to take action on air pollution limits

The Government has been ordered by the UK's highest court to take immediate action over its obligations under European law on air pollution limits.

A hazy view of Canary Wharf in London. Credit: PA Wire

Judges at the Supreme Court ruled that the "Government must prepare and consult on new air quality plans for submission to the European Commission ... no later than December 31 2015".

It comes after environmental campaigners ClientEarth launched a case against the government over its "ongoing breach" of European Union law on limits of nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Announcing the decision, Lord Carnwath said: "The new government, whatever its political complexion, should be left in no doubt as to the need for immediate action to address this issue."

A Defra spokesperson said that “air quality has improved significantly in recent years".

They added: "As this judgement recognises, work is already underway on revised plans (since February 2014) to meet EU targets on NO2 as soon as possible.”

Man wins 16-year legal battle over laptop

Richard Durkin returned the laptop to PC World in 1998. Credit: PA

A man who has been battling a bank for 16 years over payments for a laptop has won his Supreme Court case.

Richard Durkin bought the computer at a PC World store in Aberdeen in 1998 and signed a credit agreement with lender HFC Bank for about £1,500, the court heard.

He returned the computer the next day because it did not have an internal modem and asked for the credit agreement to be cancelled.

But HFC said he had to keep making payments and after he refused the bank issued a default notice.

Mr Durkin's name appeared on a credit 'blacklist' for several years as a result, the court heard.

The 44-year-old says he has spent around £250,000 on legal fees since his challenge began, but the Supreme Court ruled that he should be paid only £8,000 in damages after it found that he "validly" rescinded the agreement.

US state of Missouri executes killer after appeal fails

The Midwest US state of Missouri has executed a man convicted of killing a jewelry store owner during a 1991 robbery after the US Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals that in part challenged the drug used in the execution, the state's top lawyer said.

Herbert Smulls, 56, has been executed. Credit: Reuters/Missouri Department of Corrections

"After the United States Supreme Court vacated three separate stays of execution on January 29, 2014, Herbert Smulls was executed for the 1991 murder of Stephen Honickman," Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement.

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