Intent on getting the Supreme Court to rule on President Obama's stalled immigration plan this term, the Justice Department asked the court to deny Texas' request for a 30-day extension to file an opposing brief. 

     With a judge having ordered the video's release, and the police officer in question now charged with murder, Chicago officials released footage Tuesday that fatal shooting of a black teenager last year.

     Hundreds of people marched in Minneapolis Tuesday after five people were shot near the 4th Police Precinct Monday night by masked gunmen that Black Lives Matter protesters called white supremacists.

     Happy Thanksgiving to the 5.4 million Native Americans in the United States. And to the Anglos and black white people (as the Indians called them) and to the Mexicans and Chinese-Americans and Syrian refugees and to everyone else.
     As we gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving, let us remember that our national holiday was created by President Abraham Lincoln to thank the Indians, who accepted us, and fed us, and helped us until we could survive on our own, while white people were refugees.
     I write a column of thanksgiving every year to my friends on the rez. I lived on a reservation for six years in Arizona, and spent another year on the edge of another rez, teaching English, music and Native American history.
     I tell you Anglos this to establish my credentials.
     I can see my Indian friends smiling, hiding their mouth with their hands, because I'm bragging.
     But I'm not bragging. I'm telling white people how it is.
     What a world we Anglos have created.
     What a world we are destroying.
     When I left the rez, I told myself, I would not broadcast what I learned there. That was between me and the people. I break my promise once a year, on Thanksgiving. Because I love the people, and I wish they had had immigration officers when the Mayflower pulled in.
     But oh, well.
     Here is a story from the rez. After I had lived there for several years, teaching high school and coaching track, I thought it would be cool to have a foot race to kick off a tribal celebration. So I went to the district council and asked tribal leaders for permission.
     Thirty seconds of silence ensued. I'd been on the rez long enough to know I didn't have to shoot off my mouth anymore. I shut up and sat there.
     Finally, a tribal official asked me, "Who are you?"
     I'd been coaching track at the high school for five years. We'd won a state championship. I gave them my spiel. The council agreed to consider it. That race never happened. That's all right. Things happen slowly on the rez, and that's good.
     A few years later, on the border of another reservation, I was assigned to teach Apaches about Apache culture and language, in a public high school.
     Right? Mr. White Man teaching Apaches their own language - though I didn't speak a word of it - and about their own traditions - though I knew nothing about them.
     For the record: I didn't quit because I knew the next white man they hired would do it worse than I did. And I was given my new assignment the day before classes began.
     When I taught Apaches that year - and I believe I did teach them something - I discovered this essay by Kenneth Basso, a respected anthropologist, whom I respect too: "Silence in Western Apache Culture."
     Basso wrote: "In Western Apache culture, the absence of verbal communication is associated with social situations in which the status of focal participants is ambiguous.
     "Under these conditions, fixed role expectations lose their applicability and the illusion of predictability in social interaction is lost.
     "To sum up and reiterate: keeping silent among the Western Apache is a response to uncertainty and unpredictability in social relations."
     My Apache friends thought that Basso essay was hilarious. I think it's ridiculous.
     I think that many Indians are simply more comfortable with silence than Anglos are. And that if an Indian refuses to talk to an Anglo for long enough, the white man, eventually, will go away.
     I think that explains it.

     Trial court judges are seething over what they describe as a "naked power grab" by the statewide bureaucracy of the California courts -- a proposal to strip trial courts of the authority to hire their employees.

     Though the legislation hurts his efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama signed the military-spending bill Wednesday.

     Fifty years ago Thursday, a then-unknown son of a folk music icon enjoyed a "Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat," and decided to return the hospitality by taking a load of garbage to the local dump. The misadventures that followed became "Alice's Restaurant." This is the story behind a classic song.

     The House Select Committee on Benghazi sullied the name of an investigator who did not share the "hyper-focus" on Hillary Clinton, he claims in court. 

     The Hubble Space Telescope caught our "curious galaxy ... dancing the crazed dance of a galactic merger," the European Space Agency said Friday.

     California allowed cellphone retailers to take hundreds of millions of dollars in "phantom taxes" from consumers, four cellphone owners say in a class action. 

     A federal judge Tuesday dismissed with prejudice a class action claiming Yelp misled shareholders about the authenticity of its reviews and revenue potential.

     In the latest battle in San Francisco's soda wars, the president of San Francisco State University on Tuesday promised to drop a controversial "pouring rights" contract for the sugary drinks.

     A used car dealership in Indiana sold at least 60 vehicles to consumers without disclosing they had been in major accidents, and in some cases needed significant repairs, the state of Indiana claims in a lawsuit. 

     A University of Arizona track coach sexually assaulted an athlete for years and attacked her with a box cutter, threatening to "cut her eyes out and kill her family," she claims in court. 

     A Long Beach hospital CFO and two doctors were among those charged Tuesday with healthcare fraud that generated nearly $600 million in bogus billings, federal prosecutors said.

     Berkeley and Hayward police clubbed and gassed protestors and journalists during a Dec. 6, 2014, demonstration against police brutality in Berkeley, 11 people say in a federal civil rights complaint. 

     A company that built radio towers on U.S. Forest Service land must remove equipment from a leased site in Central Oregon's Deschutes National Forest, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. 

     Two men were sentenced Tuesday to more than a century apiece in federal prison for an armed robbery spree in Houston.

     After nationalizing one of the world's largest untapped gold reserves, Venezuela forced Citgo into insolvency to avoid multibillion-dollar liability, a mining company claims in court.

     Three Georgia attorneys and a minister are among those challenging the constitutionality of a state law that created three new seats of the state court of appeals that were filled by the governor last month. 

     Delaware's high court must decide if a Citigroup shareholder has a direct or derivative misrepresentation case over an $800 million downturn, the Second Circuit said Wednesday. 

     The granddaughter of a man who caught the JFK assassination on camera wants $10 million in exchange for the film she says the government has possessed for over 50 years. 

     A law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital confers little medical benefit and a heavy burden on patients, a divided Seventh Circuit ruled. 

     A Louisiana man whose divorce papers contained his son's pornographic drawing can sue the website that published it, a state appeals court ruled. 

     A traffic ticket turned into a ritualistic beating by a "swarm" of police officers upset by attempts to film them, a New Yorker claims in a federal action. 

     The FBI need not turn over files sought by an environmental activist serving a lengthy prison sentence for arson and other acts, a federal judge ruled. 

     Indiana's efforts to block any Syrian refugees from entering its borders has drawn a federal complaint from one of the state's three resettlement agencies. 

     The New York Times cannot pry loose more memoranda describing the U.S. government's rationale for assassinating terror suspects, the Second Circuit ruled. 

     The State Department seems optimistic that negotiators at the upcoming Paris climate summit will be able to strike an "ambitious, effective, fair and durable" agreement.

     The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the double-murder conviction of a man who faced the death penalty in the killing of two sisters in 1991. 

     A Florida school district had the right to take down banners for a former porn star's tutoring business, the 11th Circuit ruled. 

     Albertson's-owned Osco pharmacies sell generic drugs that did not get FDA approval to treat ADHD like their brand-name "equivalent," Concerta, a father claims in court. 

     Deutsche Bank Suisse will pay the United States $31 million to settle criminal tax charges, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.  

     Ronnie James Wilson dba The Gap Band sued his brother, Charlie Wilson, International Creative Management Partners et al. in Federal Court, in a dispute over rights to The Gap Band trademark. 

     Jin Mosley claims her ex-husband, boxer Shane Mosley, defamed her by falsely accusing her of bigamy; she seeks punitive damages in Superior Court.

     A company that makes sights for military weapons agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit in which the government accused it of hiding defects in its products. 

     A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed class action claims against a Japanese newspaper accused of defaming World War II comfort women by calling them "voluntary prostitutes." 

     The target of a Pennsylvania pollution action can file its own claims against a manufacturer that later took over the site, a federal judge ruled. 

     Turmoil in Syria has Europe struggling to meet the refugees at its door and douse the flames at their feet, but experts say a crisis has beset Syria's neighbors as well.

     Plans for a massive shopping mall next to the Mets' Citifield got a boot after the New York Court of Appeals agreed to hear a legal challenge.

     The attorney for a class of Uber drivers suing to be treated as employees asked a federal judge not to throw out the case because of complications in calculating damages.

     About a month after the murder of a New York City police officer in Harlem, prosecutors indicted 31-year-old Tyrone Howard on Tuesday for the shooting.

     Microsoft on Monday successfully evaded the same antitrust class action claims that cost other major tech firms hundreds of millions of dollars earlier this fall. 

     Lawmakers say that microbeads, the miniscule plastic spheres cosmetic companies put in their products for smoother skin, have become a menace to the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system.

     A federal judge handed a 40-year prison sentence Tuesday to the al-Qaida operative who planned to bomb a UK mall over the Easter holiday.

     Despite demands to stop, Synchrony Bank kept calling a Florida woman's cellphone after she stopped making payments on a Walmart credit card, she claims in court.


     Former Sony Pictures vice president Amy Heller claims the company negligently defamed her and invaded her privacy when the famous Sony hack disclosed that the company falsely accused her of stealing a computer mouse, preventing her from finding a new job, in Superior Court.

     A federal judge on Monday approved a $4.5 million class action settlement with Saxon Mortgage Services, plus $1.6 million in attorneys' fees and expenses, for breach of contract after the financial meltdown.