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Feds Can't Call Journo in Refuge Takeover Trial

Prosecutors in the second Oregon refuge standoff trial can’t force a reporter to testify because cross-examination by defense attorneys could expose him to questions about his bias designed to impeach his testimony, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Army Sued for Deadly Rampage at Fort Hood

Surviving family members of a 2015 shooting rampage outside Fort Hood say the Army failed to protect a battered spouse and her neighbors from her abusive husband, who should not have been able to obtain the gun he used in the murders.

Court Poised to Rule for Illinois Third Parties

The Seventh Circuit lent a sympathetic ear Friday to the Libertarian Party’s challenge to an Illinois requirement that third parties run a full slate of candidates to get on the ballot.

Study Finds Fracking Spills Being Underreported

Oil and gas spills related to fracking have occurred far more often than previously reported, and the quagmire of reporting rules state-by-state may be to blame for the discrepancy between reports and reality.

ACLU Sues Milwaukee Over Stop-and-Frisk Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union claims in a federal lawsuit that Milwaukee residents have been subjected to abusive police stop-and-frisk tactics motivated by race and ethnicity.

Brown Calls for Infrastructure Money in Storm-Battered California

Calling for immediate repairs to California’s neglected dam and flood-prevention systems, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday said it’s time for lawmakers to “belly up to the bar” and spend billions on infrastructure projects.

Rental-Inspection Law Stirs Up Los Angeles Landlords

Landlords sued Los Angeles in a federal class action this week, claiming a rental ordinance gives city officials and employees law enforcement-like powers that violate protections against unlawful searches and seizures.

Alt-Medicine Schools Challenge Failing Grades

Twelve private colleges of acupuncture and oriental medicine sued Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week, challenging a Department of Education “gainful employment” regulation that labels them as failing to prepare students for work.

High Court Nominee Inspires Records Suit

With dust beginning to settle on its records request concerning President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, a transparency watchdog pushed a federal judge Friday to light a fire under the Justice Department.

Federal Judge Frees Nipples in Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado, cannot ban women from exposing their breasts in public, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Amazon Fights Request for
Echo Audio

Amazon is challenging a request from Arkansas prosecutors who want audio evidence from a murder defendant’s Echo, saying information stored on the smart speaker is protected by the First Amendment and customer privacy rights.

LGBT Activists ‘Freak Out’ at Texas Protest

Adorned with glitter, spandex and drag, nearly 100 people flocked to the Texas governor’s mansion Thursday night for a dance-party protest against legislation that targets the LGBT community.

DOJ Asks Ninth Circuit to Pause Travel Ban Appeal

The Justice Department on Friday asked the Ninth Circuit to put all proceedings on hold while the Trump administration prepares a new travel ban, a request the states fighting the ban promptly opposed.

Cosby Will Face Multiple Accusers at Assault Trial

The judge presiding over Bill Cosby’s indecent sexual assault trial agreed Friday to let one of the comedian’s other accusers testify as to “prior bad acts.”

Santa Cruz Police Say ICE Misled Them About Raid

The chief of the Santa Cruz, California, police department on Thursday denounced what he said was the Department of Homeland Security using a criminal roundup of dangerous gang members as cover for a widespread immigration raid.

OPINION

Idiots' Delight

Among the idiotic policies proposed by our president is that every time a new federal regulation is adopted, two must be identified for elimination. What about a rule that could prevent an Ebola epidemic? Should two medical rules be abolished? Or would killing a rule on ground beef and one on school lunches be sufficient? And what sense would it make either way?

Al-Qaida Suspect Found Competent to Stand Trial

Despite his consistently bizarre and obscene outbursts, an accused al-Qaida operative is mentally competent enough to stand trial for attacks that killed two U.S. service members in Afghanistan in 2002, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Right-Wing Page Is 'Fake News,' Ms. World Says

Ms. World 2016 says she has no political leanings, but a Facebook page uses her as the face of a “fake news” conservative website, Laura Hunter claims in court.

7th Circuit Gives Little Hope to Opponents of Wisconsin Voter ID Law

At oral arguments Friday, a Seventh Circuit panel was harshly critical of a federal judge’s finding that Wisconsin’s voter ID law discriminates against black voters.