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California approved new oil drilling projects without following legal standards to assess impacts on nearby homes and schools, environmental advocates say.

by Natalie Hanson

The Biden administration asked the justices to clear legal hurdles holding up a debt-forgiveness plan unveiled in August.

by Kelsey Reichmann

The images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope give scientists a glimpse at the way clouds move on Saturn’s unique moon.

by David Wells

An 11th Circuit panel removed a major obstacle in the Justice Department’s investigation into the potential mishandling of classified records.

by Kayla Goggin

Defense arguments embraced two themes: that there was no intent to benefit the company, and that Trump's accountants dropped the ball.

by Josh Russell

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The upsurge in international tourists is bringing foreign currency into the country, as the Central Bank aims to restrict demand on the black market and boost reserves.

by James Francis Whitehead

The pay increase will surely be welcomed by those struggling to make ends meet during record inflation, but experts say it could cause prices to rise even higher in the coming year.

by Cody Copeland

The tribunal hearing the appeal operates under Kosovo law but is located in The Hague and staffed with international judges and lawyers in an attempt to prevent corruption.

by Molly Quell

The court held the Silala River is governed by international law, a point no longer disputed by Bolivia in the latest of a series of court battles between the Latin American neighbors over water rights.

by Molly Quell

Adult Entertainment

A judge said online adult entertainers brought plausible claims and evidence that Meta conspired against them to benefit OnlyFans.

by Natalie Hanson

Given strip clubs had to close during the pandemic and weren't eligible for Covid relief money, a judge found $6.5 million is better than nothing because of bankruptcy.

by Alanna Madden

Around the Nation

Demotions, suspensions or terminations of Uvalde police may be warranted for their failure to intervene during the shooting, the city says, but a reticent prosecutor is impeding its probe.

by Cameron Langford

Weinstein's lawyer told jurors that the women who now accuse the former entertainment industry titan of rape had consensual sex with him in exchange for his help with their careers.

by Edvard Pettersson

A federal judge in the Windy City tossed most of the claims in a class action arguing it's unconstitutional to keep arrestees detained over weekends and holidays.

by Dave Byrnes

Saddle Road, the main thoroughfare between Hilo and Kona, now lies only three miles from the lava but may get a longer than expected reprieve from closure as the lava’s advance slows.

by Candace Cheung

Denver Water is the only utility in the nation to receive a variance from the EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act for lead reduction.

by Amanda Pampuro


This unique species of toad faces extinction because of a geothermal energy project being developed directly adjacent to its sole habitat.

by Bob Leal


by Daniel Conrad

The Eighth Circuit sided with a Mexican-born Minnesotan who was held in a county jail for four hours before being placed in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s custody after an officer found she had been driving without a license. The jail’s policy of giving all foreign-born detainees to ICE, regardless of their U.S. citizenship status, violates the equal protection clause and constitutes false imprisonment.

A federal judge in West Virginia dismissed the lawsuit brought by a former certified nursing assistant who violated her hospital’s policy against abusing residents when she smacked the hands of a patient, who has very limited mental capacity and inhibitions, who groped her breasts and vaginal area while she was caring for him. The slap was not a “protected activity in opposition to an unlawful workplace practice.”

A federal court in Texas declined to allow Paul Rusesabagina, widely known as the Hotel Rwanda hero, to reopen deposition of an airplane captain in his lawsuit against the airline for its alleged role in a conspiracy to kidnap him so that he could be tried in Rwanda for criticizing its government. The court warns it likely lacks jurisdiction over this case involving international actors.

The Fifth Circuit ruled that a Texas federal court erred when it deferred its ruling, by scheduling order, on law enforcement officers’ qualified immunity defense in a wrongful death suit brought by the mother of an inmate who died of a heart attack. Where public officials assert qualified immunity in a motion to dismiss, it must be ruled on prior to discovery.

The California Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a gang member who was found guilty of intending to kill rival gang members, ruling that the appeals court unreasonably inferred that he knew a killing would happen hours after he made gang signs in rival territory. The guns he had access to were not linked to shootings or killings, and merely cheerleading for violence on social media does not constitute intent to kill.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Immigrant rights groups claim in federal court that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis induced about 50 Venezuelan and Peruvian migrants into taking a flight from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, by falsely promising them aid and jobs.

Journalists with the Central American outlet El Faro claim Israel-based NSO Group used its Pegasus surveillance software to hack their cellphones.

A group of Detroit citizens sued the city over its purchase of the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter, accusing officials of withholding details about the surveillance technology.

In a federal lawsuit seeking $27 billion, a class of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Texas elementary school that was the scene of a mass shooting in May claim local police strayed from well-established protocols in failing to quickly respond to an active shooter.

The U.S. Justice Department reached an agreement with Jackson, Mississippi, to appoint a third-party manager to stabilize the city’s drinking water system.

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