The National Football League's narrow method of compensating players for concussions will leave many out, experts told a federal judge Tuesday. 


     Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails must remain under court supervision, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, to ensure that pretrial detainees have access to medical care. 

     One good thing happened in Week 38.
     Attorney General Eric Holder resigned.
     He was described as "a champion of civil rights if not civil liberties" -- naively I thought they were the same. He attacked racial inequality while eroding the rest of the Bill of Rights by approving mass surveillance of Americans and subpoenaing more journalists than any past administration.
     The rest of the news was mostly bleak.
     The environment continued to get worse, with carbon emissions hitting new records that included a 2.9% increase in the U.S. last year. President Obama urged the countries of the United Nations to combat global warming but the Republicans have stopped any effort to do something about it.
     Ebola continued to spread, with the World Health Organization saying last week that the contagion was far worse than previously thought. A look at a map of the affliction shows hot spots in Sierra Leone and huge zones where the disease has started to spread.
     And in the Middle East, the U.S. continued its turn back into the theatre we just left.
     Islamic State, described by UN monitors as committing "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale," was making headway across an enormous front from the north of Syria to the towns around Baghdad. While Iraq Army units were left short of ammunition and support.
     All of it was bleak but not surprising.
     One story, however, turned my head around.
     Our man in Iraq, the new president Haider al-Abadi, told a group of journalists that he supports the bombing of IS forces in Syria, with a condition.
     I figured the condition was the same as that expressed by our president who says he does not want the bombing of IS positions to help the Syrian government which we oppose. Iraq's president would therefore be echoing the position of his benefactor and bomber in chief.
     I was part way through the story and realized I had better go back and start over.
     It turned out that, no, the Iraqi president took the opposite position. He wants to make sure the bombing does not hurt the Syrian government. Because he supports the murderous Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
     In the British Parliament, which unlike our Congress debated the decision, one parliamentarian heatedly compared bombing to an attack on a barbarian to aid a butcher.
     But our man in Iraq wants us to be careful on how we go about attacking the barbarian at his gate because he supports the butcher next door. He prevaricates. He dithers, as his army loses battles.
     And the butcher of Damascus, it turns out, has had a working relationship with the barbarian of the north, refraining from bombing his positions and paying him to keep oil pipelines intact while also refining some of the oil shipped from the wells he controls.
     Meanwhile, our president snubs our natural ally in the region, Iran, which opposes the barbarian of the north but also supports the butcher of Damascus, as does the fool of Baghdad.
     Into that hot mess along comes our government with drones and warplanes dropping bombs.
     As the admiral in the movie Hunt for Red October says, "This business will get out of control."

     International Monetary Metals, of Hollywood, Fla., and Martin Sommers, of Cooper City, took millions of dollars from investors for leveraged, "illegal, off-exchange financed precious metals transactions," the CFTC claims in Federal Court. 

     A divided three-judge panel reversed a lower court ruling and restored same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct provisional voting. However, other key provisions of the state law, such as a reduction of early-voting days, will still be in effect for the November elections. 

     California will forcibly open a public access road to a Bay Area beach even if reported owner Vinod Khosla manages to get a permit to deny that access, thanks to a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. 

     The city filed a restraining order in state court in an attempt to stop Amtrak's installation of a "prison-style" fence it says would slice through and stifle the heart of a new and burgeoning retail corridor.  

     Concern for gun-owning relatives will soon be enough for California families to have courts remove their firearms, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday.

     Texas and federal officials are urging calm as a patient in a Dallas hospital, recently returned from Liberia, was confirmed as the first domestic case of Ebola.

     An Alabama state senator says a blog called the Alabama Political Reporter published a "false and defamatory" article about him that damaged his reputation. 


     Actor Tracy Morgan's injuries from a June accident involving a Wal-Mart truck could have been reduced if he'd worn a seat belt, Wal-Mart said Monday in an answer to Morgan's lawsuit. 

     A "business coach" defrauded a woman of $92,000 for what turned out to be a Scientology recruitment scheme, she claims in court. 

     Pennsylvania prison guards forced an inmate into a "Retard Olympics," which included being choked to unconsciousness for guards' amusement, the man claims in court. 

     Chicago's ordinance banning sales of flavored cigarettes, including menthols, within 500 feet of a school will force gas stations to close throughout the city, a trade association claims in court. 


     A so-called Bitcoin-mining company in Orange County defrauded investors of $385,000, six people claim in court. 

     The SEC on Tuesday accused two men of inside trading on Herbalife stock.

     The trial of a former Highway Patrolman accused of trying to commit a lewd act on a child was tainted by a prosecutor's misstatements and failure to support a finding of intent, the 9th Circuit ruled. 

     A loan purchaser claims in court that it bought $22.8 million of purported USDA-guaranteed rural development loans from First Farmers Financial, but the loans were shams and the borrowers did not exist. 

     Washington state prison officials faked results of an inmate violence reduction project to reap millions in taxpayer dollars, two whistleblowers claim in court. 

     The Hidalgo County (N.M.) Board of Commissioners threatened the life of the county manager for stopping county purchases of gasoline from a commissioner's company at inflated prices, Jose J. Salazar claims in Federal Court. 

     Liberty Industries and Unifirst Corp. dba Uniclean Cleanroom Services contributed to the fatal fungal meningitis outbreak traced to New England Compounding Co. by poorly designing and cleaning the cleanrooms where the contaminated drugs were made, 18 people claim in Federal Court.  

     The family of a Sri Lankan police executive accused of terror ties lost their latest round in a 20-year fight to get him to the United States. 

     A legal battle waged on and off and on again for more than a century ends with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe securing all remaining water rights along the Truckee River system. 

     Sending an undercover agent with a blown cover to Colombia to woo a major drug trafficker will cost the U.S. government $1.14 million, a federal judge ruled. 

      A former Finish Line sporting goods manager owes nearly $1.7 million for videotaping employees using the restroom. 

     The chief auditor for the IRS must process a request for records pertaining to any investigations it may have done into the wrongful disclosure of tax return information to the White House, a federal judge ruled. 

     After handing the Kingman Park Civic Association a series of losses over the past 16 months, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly dismissed this week dismissed the last remaining claims of a lawsuit filed in June 2013.  

     Republicans chose the wrong venue to challenge a rule that blocks investment advisers from making pay-to-play political contributions, a federal judge ruled. 

     References to the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood will remain in an indictment against Pacific Gas and Electric, a federal judge ruled Monday. 

     A labor group can arbitrate its contract dispute with shipping-management firm Liberty Maritime, a federal judge ruled. 

     A federal judge preserved some Freedom of Information Act claims against the Federal Trade Commission for information on its Consumer Sentinel. 

     A federal judge has preliminarily approved a settlement that requires the Coca-Cola Co. and Glaceau to change Vitaminwater labeling and marketing. 

     Howard University may have discriminated in not hiring a man who needed dialysis for end-stage renal disease, a federal judge ruled. 

     Universal Technologies, a high-tech defense contractor, claims employees embezzled more than $2 million through "forgery, fraud, bank fraud [and] forged powers of attorney," in Federal Court. 

     The Consumers Council of Missouri sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a federal FOIA complaint demanding information about medical insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act. 

     Directors are selling Concur Technologies too cheaply through an unfair process to SAP America, for $129 a share or $8.3 billion, shareholders claim in King County Court. 


     EU regulators say Apple's decades-long sweet tax deal with Ireland is probably illegal state aid.

     The U.S. government cannot subsidize health insurance in states that refuse to set up their own Obamacare marketplaces, a federal judge ruled, setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court showdown. 

     There is no evidence behind claims that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pays female attorneys less than it pays male attorneys for equal work, the 2nd Circuit ruled. 


     Unsubstantiated claims that a Chicago teacher choked a disobedient fourth grader should not have led to the teacher's firing, an Illinois appeals court ruled. 

     Enzymotec achieved a $57.4 million IPO by concealing operations issues with its baby formula business in China, a class claims.

 


     U.S. agencies properly considered the threatened bull trout in the Little Lost River watershed while approving cattle-grazing plans, a federal judge ruled. 


     The company behind a failed Maoz Vegetarian USA franchise must either settle its remaining misrepresentation claims or prepare for trial, a federal judge ruled. 

     No violation of U.S. law occurred in the withdrawal of a proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, a federal judge found. 

     Two Indian tribes cannot enjoin New York's regulation of their online sales of short-term, high-interest loans, the 2nd Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

     Parents paid Narconon Fresh Start dba Rainbow Canyon Retreat $33,500 for drug treatment for their son, only to find out that the program "is comprised entirely of the study and practice of Scientology," the family claims in Federal Court. 

     The operator of Kindgom Flight Ranch, which runs a foster home in Pinedale, Ariz., on a state contract, sexually abused five girls in his care, the kids' legal guardians claim in Maricopa County Court. 

     Stockbroker and insurance salesmen Dennis F. Wright, 68, of Lewiston, Pa., "lied to and stole over $1.5 million" from his customers, the SEC claims in Federal Court.  

     Hayward, Calif. police shot Donny Gene Simmons Jr. to death in front of his wife and child as he lay on the floor in his own home, the family claims in Alameda County Court.  

     Vizio violates the "Razor" trademark to sell televisions, Razor USA claims in Federal Court.