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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole After 9 Years in Nevada Prison

By KENT LAUER

O. J. Simpson, former football star turned convicted robber, is set to be released from a medium-security prison outside Lovelock, Nevada, as early as Oct. 1 after his good behavior while confined as “offender 1027820” helped secure his parole Thursday.

House Republicans' Water Grab in California Blasted by Critics

By NICK CAHILL

A decades-old effort to restore water and salmon to California’s second largest river is on the chopping block under a proposal by House Republicans to speed up dam projects and increase diversions to farmers.

Sessions Vows to Remain AG 'As Long As That is Appropriate'

By TIM RYAN

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday insisted he will remain in his job, despite sharp public criticism from President Donald Trump over his decision to recuse himself from any investigation into ties between the president’s campaign and the Russian government.

Feds Take Down AlphaBay
'Dark Web' Marketplace

By TIM RYAN

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced a Justice Department take down of AlphaBay, the largest marketplace on the “dark web” that allowed people to anonymously purchase drugs like fentanyl and heroin.

9th Circ. Sides With Paiute Tribe in Dispute With Inyo County

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI

In a win for California’s Bishop Paiute Tribe, the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed and remanded the tribe’s lawsuit against Inyo County, over powers Indian police have over non-Indians on tribal land.

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Military Contractor Cleared in Sprawling Burn-Pits Case

A federal judge in Maryland dismissed a massive collection of cases brought against a government contractor by veterans and their family members who say the military’s use of open burn pits at bases during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan left them with serious illnesses.

Calif. Bill Adds Teeth to Audit-Tampering Law

By DEREK FLEMING

Three California lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make it a crime for anyone in a state agency to obstruct or tamper with an audit – a direct response to the state auditor’s revelation earlier this year that the University of California president’s office had done exactly that.

Nightly Brief

  • O. J. Simpson, former football star turned convicted robber, convinced a parole board to set him free from a medium-security prison outside Lovelock, Nevada.
  • Attendees of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference on Wednesday were greeted by two large state-of-the art security robots wandered slowly around the perimeter of the conference room.
  • The European General Court on Thursday upheld the asset freeze of two companies involved in the buying and selling of “conflict diamonds” from the Central African Republic.

EU Court Upholds Asset Freeze for 'Conflict Diamond' Exports

By WILLIAM DOTINGA

The European General Court on Thursday upheld the asset freeze of two companies involved in the buying and selling of “conflict diamonds” from the Central African Republic.

AI Takes Center Stage at 9th Circuit Conference

By MATTHEW RENDA

As attendees of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference arrived for the Wednesday morning panel discussion, two large state-of-the art security robots wandered slowly and menacingly around the perimeter of the conference room.

Cellphone Privacy Takes a Hit in New York

By ADAM KLASFELD

With the Supreme Court bracing to decide whether the government needs a warrant to track cellphone location data, a New York federal judge behind one famous case involving mass surveillance answered that question in the negative.

Deadwood Bans Drones in Historic Downtown

By CHRISTOPHER VONDRACEK

Deadwood, South Dakota – final resting place for famed Old West gunslinger “Wild” Bill Hickok – saw another foe downed this week: drones.

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