Lyft will pay $27 million to roughly 163,000 of its current and former California drivers under a new settlement agreement approved by a federal judge. 

     Puerto Rican bond holders challenged the debt-heavy commonwealth's emergency proposal to bail on bond payments. 

     Wells Fargo must remove illuminated rooftop signs from its office buildings neighboring the Minnesota Vikings' new football stadium, a federal judge ruled. 

     Everyone feels entitled to an opinion about music, whether they know anything about it or not.
     Other things like that are God, immigration, and other people's behavior.
     Of course everyone is entitled to an opinion about music.
     But no one should be allowed to take millions of dollars from one band and give the money to another band, when everyone involved — except the hit band — appears to be musically illiterate.
     As a musician, I was glad to see the jury decide this week that Led Zeppelin did not steal "Stairway to Heaven" from the rock band Spirit.
     There is nothing copyrightable in Spirit's song "Taurus" that can be stolen.
     Spirit's entire song is a 400-year-old musical cliché: a chromatically descending bass line under a static chord.
     Sebastian Bach used it. Mozart used it. Beethoven used it. The Beatles used it in the intro to "Michelle." Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart used it in "My Funny Valentine."
     Led Zeppelin used the cliché as the intro to a nice little song from which they have received — if you can believe The New York Times — $562 million in royalties.
     Wow! I'd like some of that action. But I have no right to it. Neither does Spirit, or their late songwriter, or anyone else.
     This "copyright" case never should have gone to trial.
     It was a money grab, pure and awful.
     Don't believe me?
     Play "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven" one after the other, as Spirit's attorney did for the jury. Then play "Michelle" and "My Funny Valentine," as Spirit's attorney did not do.
     Hear any similarities there?
     When I studied musical arranging at the Berklee School of Music 40 years ago, Berklee had an upper-division arranging course called "Line Clichés." It taught musical clichés that work.
     For instance, if you are writing a film score, and nothing is happening on screen, you can write a chromatically descending line under a static chord. Or you could ascend chromatically, if something is about to happen.
     If someone — God help her — should be sentenced to listen to soft rock radio for eight hours a day, she would hear this musical cliché so many times she would pay money to make it go away.
     Spirit's "song" is not a song at all: It's a musical cliché.
     Led Zeppelin used the cliché as an intro to a nice little song, with a tune and words and everthang.
     Is Led Zeppelin's song worth half a billion dollars?
     Beats me.
     But that's not the point.
     The point is that Led Zeppelin wrote a song.
     Spirit just recycled a musical cliché.
     Half of the rock and roll songs ever written in the history of the world are in the keys of E, A, D or G — because those are easy guitar keys.
     So what's next? The Rolling Stones suing half the world for every rock song ever written in the key of E?
     Robert Johnson would roll over in his grave, at the crossroads.
     Now, if you want to hear a musical genius, listen to Charlie Parker, and his two dozen tunes based the chord changes of George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm."

     McDonald's menu items rang up more expensive than advertised at two locations in O'Hare Airport, a class claims.

 

     Global stock markets lost more than $2 trillion in value on Friday after Briton's voted to leave the European Union, setting the stage for an uncertain and volatile week ahead in politics and finance.

     Authorities said Friday night that weather and topography are the biggest challenges facing firefighters combating a fast-moving wildfire that has scorched thousands of acres in eastern Kern County, Calif.

     Despite years of warnings, Southern California still is unprepared for a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault, which could cause natural gas-fueled wildfires and cut water supplies to millions of people, a task force said Thursday.

     Jeep Grand Cherokee owners sued Fiat Chrysler in a class action Thursday over the defective gearshift believed to have caused the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin. 

     The owner of Pulse nightclub in Orlando where the largest shooting massacre in the United States occurred will ride on the lead float to kick off the nation's largest gay-pride parade in Manhattan on Sunday.

      A Sheriff's deputy was shot in the back "in a cold blooded murder" by a suspect he was just about to search after stopping him in a New Orleans suburb.

     A federal judge says Cleveland and a civil rights organization have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over the city's rules governing protests and marches during the upcoming Republican National Convention.

     A mining association filed a separate lawsuit in Washington, D.C., to preserve its claims against the federal government's new water rules, given the contentious battle over jurisdiction raging in the Sixth Circuit. 

     A law preventing "grooming" of children for sexual abuse via the internet is unconstitutional, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled. 

     A former television news anchor in Pittsburgh says in federal court that she was fired because she's white and took to Facebook to report on the black-on-black shooting that left a pregnant woman and her unborn child dead, along with four others. 

     The Arizona Legislature illegally repealed a voter-approved proposition that gave cities and counties the right to set minimum wages and benefits, dozens of elected officials and a labor union say in a lawsuit against the state. 

     Five people were indicted on charges of running an $86 million Medicare and Medicaid scam by offering kickbacks for medically unnecessary services for at least eight years. 

     Merrill Lynch will pay $415 million to settle SEC charges it misused billions of dollars of customer cash per week that should have remained in reserve accounts during the financial crisis. 

     After a three-year labor dispute, several lawsuits and narrowly averted pilot strikes, the Teamsters and Allegiant Air reached a tentative deal and will meet Monday to nail it down and send it to pilots for a vote.

     Mobile-advertising giant InMobi has agreed to pay $950,000 to settle charges that it tracked the locations of application users without their consent. 

     The SEC on Friday charged frequent talk-show guest Chris Faulkner, who calls himself the "Frack Master," with leading an $80 million oil and gas fraud through his company. 

     A court-appointed receiver sued City National Bank and a senior vice president and branch manager, claiming he oversaw one of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in California history and eased out of it before the $400 million scheme collapsed.


     The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has sued Whitney Houston's estate and an auction house to stop them from selling the late singer's Emmy award.

     Singer-songwriter Chris Brown, as well known for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna as for his music, now faces a lawsuit claiming he beat up his personal manager in a "drug-fueled" attack.

     A pro-fair trade Pennsylvania manufacturer must be allowed to run for the Democratic Party's Senate candidacy, despite voter address discrepancies, the Pennsylvania Middle District Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. 

     Julia Child's legacy foundation sued Airbnb, claiming the home-sharing platform uses the famous culinary hero's name and likeness despite being told not to do so. 

     After a five-week trial, a state jury Thursday awarded $1.6 million to whistleblowers, finding that a San Diego-area plasma laboratory ignored their instructions to follow safety rules.


     The Los Angeles Daily News sued an Arkansas businessman, claiming he promised to digitize more than a century of its archives for $1 million, but began selling them off as soon as he got his hands on them. 


     A federal judge Thursday appeared inclined to approve class settlements between Sony Pictures and another studio and their animation and visual effects workers. 

     Pacific Gas and Electric knew it was missing critical records for older pipelines flowing through populated areas, but adopted a "loophole" strategy to avoid testing those lines, according to emails federal prosecutors showed a jury Thursday. 

     Two New York City police unions failed to convince a state appellate court that a law prohibiting controversial stop-and-frisk tactics is at odds with longstanding criminal procedure rules. 


     Hip-hop star Drake had his "enforcer" sucker-punch a Grammy-winning producer, leaving him with a broken jaw, the rapper's former friend Noel Fisher aka Detail claims in a lawsuit.

     Media mogul Sumner Redstone asked a Massachusetts court to dismiss undue-influence claims from two former board members, arguing the state is an improper venue. 

     The settlement of a class-action lawsuit regarding unlabeled steroids in face cream only needed to have its notice published once, a California appeals court ruled. 

     A high school failed to protect a 17-year-old girl from being targeted and sexually assaulted by a chemistry teacher, she claims in court. 

     The Chicago and Cook County GOP claim in a federal lawsuit that Democrats are infiltrating their ranks in order to claim Republican spots on the ballot ahead of the November general election. 

     The Pennsylvania Supreme Court voided a law that began as an attempt to criminalize the theft of copper and ended up a windfall to gun enthusiasts. 

     Packaged foods behemoth Post lies about its Shredded Wheat products being "100% natural" while they actually contain a cancer-causing chemical, a California class action alleges in federal court.  

     The First Circuit chucked an objection by Sig Sauer to regulators treating its device meant to limit recoil in its new MPX gun as a silencer. 

     Gun-rights activists can use video footage from the California Assembly in their political advertisements against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's initiative that would tighten the state's gun laws, a federal judge ruled. 

     "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city's prized lakefront.


     Returning to a New York venue he visited at a hopeful time in his campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders urged supporters to "never, ever lose your sense of outrage."

     Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office said Friday it is disappointed New Mexico has chosen "costly and time-consuming litigation" in response to the Gold King Mine spill.

     Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests.

     The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected a journalist's appeal of a harassment conviction after she was found guilty of making a fake Facebook profile to harass her boyfriend's teen daughter, and it reinstated a second conviction. 


     Avis ruined a franchisee by rigging its online reservation system to show falsely that its lot was "sold out," two Texans claim in a federal RICO complaint. 

     The 50th state has become the first in the nation to step up monitoring of firearms with the signing of new legislation in Hawaii on Wednesday.


     General Motors is the latest automaker to be accused of lying about emissions from diesel-powered cars, as Volkswagen prepares to finalize a settlement in its emissions-cheating scandal. 


     Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation's history.