The Ninth Circuit seemed likely Friday to nix constitutional concerns against anti-immigration laws in Arizona that the state has dressed as fighting identity theft.

     A newly released autopsy confirms that Mario Woods was shot 21 times during a deadly altercation with San Francisco police officers on Dec. 2 last year.

     California state agencies combined to "waste" over $300,000 in taxpayer dollars by employees skipping work and management failing to attribute leave time, the state auditor said Thursday.

     As your legal news columnist, I "cut through the tripe" about important issues facing our nation, and bring a new and incisive slant to them every day.
     As your legal news columnist, I "cut through the tripe" about important issues facing our nation, and bring a new and incisive slant to them every day.
     As your legal news columnist, I "cut through the tripe" about ...
     Sticky keyboard here!
     Senator Rubio warned me about that. Still, he used my stuff ... Over and over and over ...
     Ha ha! A little joke at the expense of His Cuteness, whose only good news this week was finishing one place ahead of Chris Christie in New Hampshire.
     I like Governor Christie, though I believe he belongs in jail, for that stunt on the George Washington Bridge. And I'll tell you why I like him, to burnish my conservative credentials.
     (That's right! Conservatives issue credentials today - at a far more attractive price than Hillary Clinton charges for liberal credentials! (Both parties charge extra for burnishing.))
     Where was I? Oh, yes.
     I've liked Christie ever since I saw him eviscerate two schoolteachers and their union at a town hall meeting in 2010, early in his first term. And - would you believe it? - the governor clinched his argument by talking about his emails.
     Let's back up a bit.
     I taught in public high schools for nine years. I was a union member. I have always supported labor unions, and always will. But Christie won my respect for calling out a teacher, before God and all of us, on TV, about an email from the head of a union local in New Jersey, asking teachers to pray for his death.
     Christie said he would fire any member of his staff who sent an email like that.
     But in that town hall meeting, Christie showed he had mastered the issues. He didn't plead for understanding or suck up to people who could deliver him votes. He told them how it was, and that they could stuff themselves if they didn't like it.
     I liked him for that and I still do.
     "Great, Bob," those of you who are still awake may say. "But why didn't you tell us this about the noble governor months ago?"
     Well, first, because I just remembered it, but also because he's not a noble governor.
     The George Washington Bridge traffic jam was one of the sleaziest political tricks of all time. I lived by that bridge, on the New York side. I know what Christie did, and so do you. And it will all come out, eventually, in the Bridgegate emails.
     I think Christie could have been a good president - and I don't agree with him about anything. He wouldn't have been a Lincoln or an FDR, but he would be better than any of the bozos still in the race in his party: the odious Ted Cruz, the kewpie doll Rubio, the neofascist Trump.
     So, farewell, Governor Christie. You had your chance and you blew it - for a cheap political trick.
     But I still like the guy, probably because I grew up in Chicago when the Hon. Richard J. Daley was mayor. I learned all I'll ever need to know about politics from Mike Royko's column on Page 3 of the Sun-Times.
     Royko, the greatest political columnist since Mencken, would have said that Christie didn't have enough clout.
     God $ave us from clout.

     A California woman says in state court that Clearwater REI and others bilked her out of her retirement funds with false promises made in a radio ad. 

     Xerox stiffed call-center employees for overtime and paid them in part with "items of value," which it deducted from their paychecks, whether they wanted the items or not, a class claims.


      MoneyGram Payment Service will pay $13 million and reform its policies to settle claims in every state but California that its lax policies helped fraudsters rip off customers. 

     Greg Ruehle, 64, of Oceanside, Calif., scammed people for $1.9 million by "selling them securities he did not own, could not transfer, and therefore could not deliver," the SEC says in Federal Court. 

     Rhetoric heated up Friday in the courtroom of the judge who blocked the government's bulk collection of cellphone metadata, as the government and a conservative activist argued over what to do with three cases against the agency while waiting on an appeals court ruling.

     Sparks flew Thursday night in Milwaukee as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued about Wall Street money and the record of the man who holds the office both of them want.

     Scientists said Thursday they had observed one of physics' most significant discoveries: tangible proof of Albert Einstein's 1915 theory of gravitational waves rippling the fabric of space and time.

     A Brooklyn jury found police officer Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter on Thursday night for shooting to death Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man, in 2014.

     The U.S. Senate will vote on whether to hold in contempt for keeping mum on how the classifieds website screens for sex traffickers. 

     Civil rights groups sued the State Department for information on the nature of support and financial aid it sends to Mexico for a program that deports Central American refugees and asylum-seekers. 

     Closing out contracts for defective work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span could cost an extra $50 million, on top of the expense of fixing poorly installed steel rods.

      A Chicago man wrongfully convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl on Thursday sued those who put him behind bars for three decades. 

     A ballot proposal relaxing sentencing terms, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, skirted election filing laws and unlawfully jumped ahead of other measures, California district attorneys claimed Thursday in Superior Court. 

     The ex-husband of "Beverly Hills Nannies" TV star Ariane Bellamar sued her this week, claiming she stole his dog and $330,000 - and that, while they were briefly married, she was a bigamist. 

     Though a judge upheld Oklahoma's abortion law requiring the presence of a doctor with admitting privileges to a local hospital, the law's enforcement remains stayed. 

     White students at Texas A&M University shouted racist slurs at visiting black high school students from Dallas this week and must be disciplined or expelled, a Texas state senator said Thursday.

     A federal judge said Kern County and two sheriff's deputies must face claims they illegally arrested a man and confiscated his cellphone after he recorded them beating another man with batons. 

     A North Las Vegas elementary schoolteacher sexually molested students for years after the school district merely transferred him, rather than fire him, after his first arrest, parents of victims say in a federal class action. 

     A South Dakota House committee this week unanimously rejected a proposal to return parts of the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation.

     A federal judge dismissed without prejudice an America's Cup sailor's claim that Oracle Team USA breached his contract by blaming him for a crewmate's mistake, though the judge found it "difficult to imagine" how the sailor could successfully amend his lawsuit. 

     Documents from the corruption case against Sheldon Silver that describe others who have thus far escaped public scrutiny will come to light, a federal judge vowed Thursday.

     Americans for Prosperity fired a successful field director because its new director had a bias against older workers, a New Jersey woman claims in court. 

     A federal class action accuses Apple of false advertising and unjust enrichment from its iPhone 6, which registers a fatal, disabling "Error 53" if owners update their phone or restore it from a backup. 

     The Spanish Radio Broadcasting System wants Grupo Radio Centro LA enjoined from poaching employees from it, in pursuit of Los Angeles' $650 million annual market for Spanish radio ads, in Federal Court. 

     American Airlines and seven others face a federal complaint accusing them of damaging Lucio Fontana's "Concetto Spaziale" while shipping the sculpture from France to New York. 

     The Justice Department and CIA face a federal action to access documents showing whether they targeted the former agent who revealed the government's then-secret use of waterboarding. 

     A hospital in Flint, Mich., exposed patients to water that caused Legionnaires' disease, killing at least one woman, four Genesee County residents claim in court. 

     The 11th Circuit agreed to rehear en banc claims that tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds rejected a middle-aged man's sales rep application six times in favor of younger applicants. 

     A San Diego federal judge has refused to give abortion foes a pass in implementing California's new women's health information law while their fight against the law proceeds. 

     A conservative super PAC Club that parodied a Paul Anka song to mock U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, faces a federal complaint from the ballad's composer. 

     Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of a sheriffs' association honored two Maryland sheriff's deputies who were killed this week by an armed suspect.

     An Alabama school superintendent was wrongfully arrested by a local police chief waging a "vendetta" against him, he claims in federal court. 

     Days after decisively winning New Hampshire's Republican primary, billionaire Donald Trump quietly settled his long-shot $500 million lawsuit against Univision on undisclosed terms.

     A $54.9 billion budget Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder laid out Wednesday includes more than $230 million to aid the city of Flint, plus $72 million a year for 10 years to fix Detroit Public Schools. 

     After a very quick hearing on Thursday morning, a federal judge gave final approval to a class action settlement of claims that video game developer Zynga artificially inflated its share prices. 

     An Ohio law prohibiting the printing of judicial candidates' political affiliations on the general election ballot is constitutional, the Sixth Circuit ruled. 

     The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a state constitutional amendment does not give nonviolent felons the right to bear arms. 

     With SunEdison "teetering on the edge of bankruptcy," it plans to defraud creditors, shareholders of Latin America Power Holding claim in court. 

     A 4-year-old contracted gonorrhea because of the failure to detect sexual abuse at her home, a court-appointed attorney claims in court.  

     CVS touts its Algal-900 dietary supplement as promoting brain health, based on a study the Federal Trade Commission already discredited, a class claims in court. 

     Hoover faces a federal class action over it "terms & conditions" that purport to bar consumers from seeking redress with respect to unsafe products. 

     Jilbert Tahmazian, a 55-year-old attorney in Glendale, helped run a $6 million prime bank scam from 2009 to 2010, the SEC claims in Federal Court. 

     Major League Baseball on Friday permanently suspended New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug for the third time.

     The California Army National Guard "conned" thousands of soldiers into reenlisting and is now attempting to recover signing bonuses a decade later, an Iraq war veteran claims in court. 

     One year for a Zika vaccine is the goal of a partnership signed by a University of Texas research hospital and Brazil, its health minister announced Thursday.

     A zoo in rural Iowa must surrender its tigers and lemurs to suitable facilities within 90 days for violating the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge ruled. 

     The Obama administration said Friday it will create three new national monuments in the California desert, extending federal protection to 1.8 million acres between Palm Springs and the Nevada border.

     Environmentalists say new federal critical habitat rules favor developers and save "only the last few acres" for endangered species.

     An isolated remnant of America's top predator, the grizzly bear, still survives in northwest Montana, but faces extinction because the secretary of the interior kowtows to logging companies and refuses to give it endangered status, environmentalists say in court. 

     A dispute over the "PepperBall" trademark to describe non-lethal projectiles can move forward after a federal judge lifted a stay on discovery that delayed litigation while jurisdictional issues were clarified. 

     The Truckee Carson Irrigation District won't face more claims from a Nevada couple who say it owes $4.3 million in damages for refusing to deliver water, a federal judge ruled. 

     A Twin Cities man who federal authorities say may have been the ringleader of a group young radicals intent on supporting Islamic State terrorists pleaded guilty to conspiring to join ISIS on Thursday. 

     A West Virginia Baptist church accused of covering up the sexual and emotional abuse of a minor shouldn't expect anyone but itself to bear the cost of its legal defense, the church's former insurer says. 

     The wife of deceased ISIL member Abu Sayyaf has been charged in the 2014 murder of American humanitarian aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller. 

     With the Oregon occupation over, Cliven Bundy made his first appearance in court Thursday on charges stemming from his 2014 standoff with the federal government, in a courtroom two floors below the room where his sons were denied bail last week.

     UPMC did not waive privilege over documents that it "inadvertently" provided to the Department of Justice, a federal judge ruled, denying a motion by Cole's Wexford Hotel to compel. 

     After the Zetas drug cartel held a field engineer at gunpoint for an hour, he asked his bosses at Mazak Optonics not to send him to Mexico anymore, and they fired him, the engineer says in a wrongful termination complaint in Cook County Court.