In a move that could potentially see lawsuits against journalists for reporting on undercover footage, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday approved a Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill that enhances penalties for secretly recording health care providers.

     Wells Fargo must face fraud claims over $163 million in securities that Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, allegedly used as a "dumping ground" for assets it wanted off its books, a federal judge ruled. 

     Clinton held an afternoon rally at the historic Sunrise Theatre in St. Lucie County, focusing her speech on community service and highlighting plans to drastically increase the size of AmeriCorps, a government-supported civil society program set up under her husband's presidency.

     Donald Trump offered up his solution to New Hampshire's growing heroin epidemic at a rally on Thursday, calling it the "single biggest problem" facing the Granite State.

     A tall skinny fellow dipped into the city Dumpster where I recycle my garbage, stuffing cans and bottles into trash bags, cramming them into an overflowing shopping cart. He was clean and sober. I gave him my bottles and cans.
     Was he breaking the law by fishing for nickels instead of robbing people?
     I don't know. I suppose so.
     Was I breaking the law by giving him my empties? I don't know.
     Contributing to the delinquency of a veteran?
     Four days later he was still clean and sober, but a bit raggedy. He told me he was a Marine — vague about when he was discharged and under what conditions. I gave him five bucks and my bottles and cans.
     Just about every time I've returned he's been there, raggedier and crazier. Last week he told me that everything he said was "right out of the Bible, man. I don't know how I do it. Everyone can see it. It's just biblical." And so on.
     Three days ago he was bleeding from the head. He was not drunk and I don't think he was on drugs. I think he was off drugs, and needed them.
     I believe that the first time I saw him he'd just been released from a program and the meds hadn't worn off. Now I'm pretty sure he's off his meds and getting crazier by the day.
     So, my fellow Americans: What's my responsibility here?
     Anything at all?
     Do we have any responsibility to strangers, or only to ourselves?
     I talked it over with a friend. We decided I should tell the police. But no one was at the dispatch office, where a sign in the window said the police were very busy and please don't bother them unless it's an emergency. So I walked across the parking lot to the state offices, but no one there was assigned to ... whatever this problem is.
     Look: This veteran of war is off his meds and needs help. I'm not scared of him. I don't know if he's dangerous to others, though he's getting so crazy he could be. I think he's dangerous to himself.
     I'm an old hippie. It's not my job to turn people in to "the authorities." But this guy was totally respectable, to me anyway, three weeks ago, and now he's stark-raving nuts.
     What should I do?
     This has nothing to do with law. It has nothing to do with religion. As a human being, what is my responsibility to this poor fellow, raving about the Bible, bleeding in a Dumpster, fishing for nickels?
     I asked my family and friends. I asked attorneys, journalists, human rights and medical workers. Nearly all of them told me to tell the police.
     But one attorney who'd met the man at the Dumpster, and told him where he could go for help, put me in touch with a community liaison officer with the police. That woman knew him too, and had talked with him, and offered help if he wanted it.
     Millions of people might say, in this campaign year, that I have no responsibility to this man at all. Perhaps. But I'm glad I live in a town and state — Vermont — where other people agree that we have responsibilities to people other than ourselves, even if we're not sure what those responsibilities are.
     Here's another question. Why are these problems dumped on the police?
     Police officers have killed a lot of people recently, many of whom were mentally ill. That makes the police look bad. But if we don't want police to kill mentally ill and homeless people — and I certainly don't — why are the police so often the first, in fact, the only ones we ask to deal with millions of people whom we have been dumping from mental hospitals for decades because we're too cheap and politicians too cowardly to ask us to pay taxes for humanity.
     So we turn over mentally ill, sometimes helpless people to people with guns.
     That's not responsible behavior. It's not fair to anyone — least of all to the police.


     At the end of a bad week for Wells Fargo Bank, it agreed to pay $4 million to settle federal charges of illegally repossessing 413 automobiles from people on active duty in the U.S. military from 2008 until July 1, 2015. 

     The SEC claims in federal court that recidivists Marcus Aaron Luna, an attorney, and Norrell L. Walker ran a $13.6 million pump and dump scheme.  

     With the U.S. government set to cede control at midnight Friday over the nonprofit that manages the internet, Texas and three other states sued, seeking to stop a move they claim will expose them to meddling from foreign governments hostile to free speech. 

     Living up to his promise of "rottweiler"-style questioning, a defense attorney turned up the heat Friday on the star witness testifying about politically engineered lane closures that crippled New Jersey traffic in 2013.

     The operator of New York City's Aqueduct Racetrack headed off a court battle Friday by agreeing to settle charges that it pollutes U.S. waters with horse manure and other waste. 

     Seeking to get a leg up on California's next major temblor and "potentially save lives," Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday approved a bill expediting the research and development of a statewide earthquake early warning system.

     Firefighters appear to have the upper hand on the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains 30 miles southwest of San Jose, California, with containment at 50 percent after destroying 12 homes and nine other buildings since Monday.

     A team of explorers believe that a cave in eastern Czech Republic is the world's deepest flooded fissure, going at least 1,325 feet deep.

     Officials in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with born with microcephaly were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases in Southeast Asia.

     A federal judge on Friday granted NBA star Derrick Rose's motion for a gag order during his civil rape trial after telling attorneys on both sides that he is "fed up" with their attempts to spin the case to the media. 

     A psychiatrist's federal whistleblower complaint says nurses at a New York hospital regularly provoke disruptive behaviors from young patients — with physical or chemical restraints helping send Medicaid an inflated bill. 

     A Boston police officer was wrong to hang onto the cellphone of a robbery suspect for two months without a warrant, the state's Supreme Judicial Court declared Wednesday. 

     Weeks after Al Jazeera America got sued by its vice president in April of this year, the network shut down for good, but the active racial discrimination lawsuit may now be heading toward a settlement.

     A white Tulsa police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to a first-degree manslaughter charge for the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Terrence Crutcher.

     In a lawsuit against two sheriffs, a diagnosed schizophrenic man claims officers shot him five times in an "ill-conceived" plan to commit him, then Tasered him three times as he lay critically wounded. 

     A ballot measure that would give Georgia the authority to temporarily step in and run chronically failing public schools contains misleading language and violates the state constitution, a class action claims. 

      Italian police have found two Van Gogh paintings that were stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002 hidden in a farmhouse near an organized crime syndicate's Naples-area stronghold, investigators said Friday.

     A Tribune TV station in New York did not defame a man who was falsely identified as a suspect in an attempted rape, a state appeals court ruled. 

     Several electronics firms have agreed to pay $32.6 million to settle antitrust claims of conspiring to fix prices of electrical circuit components in the United States. 

     The First Circuit has effectively blocked Boston from carrying out its plan to build commercial space on the Long Wharf, a popular public tourist destination in Boston Harbor. 

     Cliven Bundy on Thursday was given 14 days to find a new attorney after his lawyer asked to withdraw due to pending neck and back surgeries.

     A federal judge Thursday approved a $12 million settlement ($8 million in cash and $4 million in vouchers), with $3.4 million in attorney fees, in a class action accusing StarKist et al. of underfilling cans of tuna. 

     The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a records battle by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which wants the Food and Drug Administration to release its numbers on hens roosting in Texas egg farms. 

     Shareholders say directors cost NuVasive $13.5 million in fines for failing to disclose it paid doctors kickbacks to use its products, and for submitting false claims in Medicare and Medicaid, in Superior Court. 

     A woman who says Donald Trump raped her at a private sex party when she was 13 years old refiled a lawsuit against him Friday, two weeks after voluntarily dismissing a suit based on the same claims. 

     California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday beefed up equal-pay protections - already the nation's strictest - by signing two bills aimed at eliminating pay gaps based on gender, race and ethnicity.

     Planned Parenthood won a major victory Friday against anti-abortion activists who nearly shut it down last year after posting doctored videos online accusing the organization of selling aborted fetuses. 

     In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way for a county to face charges that it violates civil rights by underfunding its public defender's office to the brink of disaster. 

     The First Circuit shot down a New Hampshire law banning voters from taking selfies with their ballots, finding its limits on free speech worse than the photos' vote-buying potential. 

     From a dragonfly-shaped drone to the lithium-ion battery, CIA technology had once been storied and cutting-edge, but an ex-officer claims his old employer's Freedom of Information Act policies are trapped in the paper age. 

     A home health care agency hired a notorious con artist to provide in-home independent living services, an elderly woman claims in court. 

     A Muslim group will get its school in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, after the community reached a settlement Thursday of discriminatory zoning claims. 

     Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday the state has followed through on threats to quit the federal refugee settlement program over concerns that incoming Syrian refugees are a security threat.

     A mother cannot be convicted of child abuse for smoking meth during her pregnancy because a fetus is not a child under Michigan law, a state appeals court ruled. 

     Portland State University wrongfully denied a student his due process rights before expelling him for allegedly threatening professors and having guns at his off-campus apartment, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled. 

     A prison visiting room phone conversation held between a glass partition cannot be recorded and used as evidence against an inmate on trial, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled. 

     "Affluenza" killer Ethan Couch's attempt to be released from jail was unsuccessful after his motion for a new judge was denied Thursday.

     A California man who diverted a stream to irrigate his marijuana plants should not have been convicted of petty theft, a state appeals court ruled. 

     A former Kentucky official was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after he admitted he took over $200,000 in kickbacks from a private consultant.

     A class of delivery drivers contracted for Amazon accuse the online retailer of failing to pay overtime or to provide meal and rest breaks, among other labor-law violations.

 

     A federal class action claims that Universal Handicraft dba Deep Sea Cosmetics dba Adore Organic Innovations falsely advertises that its Adore products can "halt the aging process." 

     A federal class action claims LG Electronics sells Energy Star-certified TVs without disclosing that its software disables the energy-saving features if the owner changes the picture settings. 

     The California State Bar on Friday submitted a request to the California Supreme Court for permission to collect membership dues to stay afloat in the absence of legislation that funds its operations each year.

     The San Diego District Attorney and police officials released cellphone video Friday which shows the moments before an unarmed black man was shot and killed by an El Cajon police officer with a history of misconduct.

      Top CNS stories for today including four states suing the U.S. to try to stop transfer of internet manager; Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore removed from bench; the Bridgegate jury tours witness's 'path of lies'; California to develop quake warning system, and more.


     The eastern massasauga rattlesnake's 40 percent population decline spurs federal listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

     Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Friday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell vs. Hodges decision by telling Alabama's 68 probate judges they were still bound by a 2015 state court order to deny marriage licenses to gays.  

     Ending a barrage of legislative proposals aimed at California's troubled utility regulator and its botched handling of several high-profile disasters, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday approved major changes to the California Public Utilities Commission.

     A North Carolina guns right group is raffling off an AR-15 rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a portrait of Democrat Hillary Clinton to raise money for its federal political action committee, drawing sharp rebukes from those dedicating to curbing gun violence.

     Hillary Clinton's lead in California over Republican rival Donald Trump has increased to 26 points in the days since the first presidential debate, a KABC-TV Los Angeles survey found, while other polls show her leading in Florida, New Hampshire and Michigan.

     The majority of voters believe news organizations play favorites when it comes to fact-checking the presidential candidates' statements, but this skepticism is much stronger among those who support Republican Donald Trump.


     Four Florida plants threatened by rampant development and projected sea level rise finally have federal protection after a 41-year wait.

     The Drug Enforcement Administration does a poor job overseeing the millions of dollars in payments it distributes to confidential sources, relies on tipsters who operate with minimal oversight or direction and has paid informants who are no longer meant to be used, a government watchdog says.

     An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report issued Wednesday.

     The 19-state eurozone's unemployment rate held steady at 10.1 percent in August while the full EU's jobless rate also remained flat at 8.6 percent, Eurostat said Friday. 

     Inflation in the eurozone is expected to tick up 0.2 percent to 0.4 percent in September due to rising prices in the services sector, Eurostat estimated Friday.