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The New Jersey Democrat was indicted alongside his wife, Nadine Menendez.

by Erik Uebelacker

Union leader Shawn Fain expressed frustration with a lack of progress but was steadfast that the stand-up striking strategy would get results.

by Andy Olesko

New York state attorneys said the former president has "clearly stepped through the looking glass" in defending himself against civil charges that he falsely inflated his personal net worth by up to $2.2 billion per year.

by Josh Russell

For Hollywood writers, the small California beach town has long been a punchline.

by Pat Pemberton

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I’m a union man all the way, thanks to my Grandpa. Lemme tell you a story about him.

by Robert Kahn

The Koch network is frequently behind cases before the court, including a closely watched challenge this term that could upend decades of precedent.

by Kelsey Reichmann

The Obama appointee championed creating a code of ethics during a wide-ranging interview, also diving into the value of dissents and her take on originalism.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Friday Features

Millions of affluent Americans are using hallucinogens to self-medicate for psychological problems, producing America’s newest illegal drug boom.

by Thomas F. Harrison

The Centennial State produced about 200,000 cases of wine last year, bringing $41 million into the state and highlighting the state’s growing importance in American winemaking.

by Amanda Pampuro

Preserved fruits known as crack seed have become a favorite snack of Hawaii locals, revealing a history of immigration and cultural exchange unique to the islands.

by Candace Cheung

Courts & the Law

The 11th Circuit heard four separate objections to a federal judge's approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement reached after a decade of litigation.

by Megan Butler

A Southern California judge called the law an "extreme ban" that violated Californians' Second Amendment rights.

by Sam Ribakoff

There are likely fewer than 100 Rice’s whales left in the Gulf of Mexico, the species’ only habitat. But the federal government unlawfully changed the terms of a lease sale to protect them, a judge said.

by Cameron Langford

Three police officers and two paramedics face charges of manslaughter and assault for the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, an unarmed Black man killed after law enforcement stopped him on his way home from purchasing ice tea.

by Amanda Pampuro

A Florida federal judge ruled that a portrait of Raymond Herisse, who was fatally shot by police, could be removed from a city-funded art exhibit, as it constituted “government speech.”

by Kayla Goggin

Alameda police officers face a trial over multiple claims from Gonzalez's family that they violated civil laws when they held him down during an arrest until he was unresponsive and later died.

by Natalie Hanson


Food prices remain high, but are on the way down, with inflation there at the lowest annual rate in nearly two years.

by Cody Copeland

Around the Nation

Factoring in state good behavior laws, Jessica Burgess will likely be incarcerated for a year.

by Andrew J. Nelson

Charles McGonigal was the head of counterintelligence for the FBI in New York and led the investigations into the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Six defendants from North Carolina argue that the criminalization of reentry into the U.S. after deportation was tainted by a racist past.

by James Farrell

Over 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze on Friday — half the number of firefighters from three weeks ago.

by Alan Riquelmy

An inundation of salt water — caused low water levels in a drought-stricken Mississippi River — is expected to reach New Orleans' drinking water in the next few weeks.

by Sabrina Canfield

Hackers busted into the multi-billion-dollar hotel and casino operator's computer system in an attack that crippled hotel operations and exposed private customer information.

by Bob Leal


Assembly Bill 316 would have banned driverless heavy-duty vehicles and was supported by the Teamsters and California Labor Federation.

by Alan Riquelmy

Despite objections from affected businesses, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled that Washington state’s 2022 transportation resource bill abides by the state Constitution.

by Alanna Mayham

A federal judge tentatively sided with Santa Barbara County over the question whether county leaders relied on substantive evidence when they denied the permit in 2022.

by Edvard Pettersson


by Lorraine Bailey

A federal judge denied the New Orleans District Attorney’s motion to dismiss a wrongful conviction claim by a man who spent 26 years in prison for murder based on the acknowledged unconstitutional suppression of favorable evidence by prosecutors under a former D.A.Abubakar claims Tinubu forged his undergrad degree from the university. Abubakar’s interest in obtaining the records outweighs Tinubu’s privacy rights because Tinubu put his diploma at issue before the country’s electoral commission.

A federal judge declined to dismiss a Second Amendment suit filed by a gun store owner who challenges the ATF’s recent guidance on how to implement the Gun Control Act of 1968. The man has standing to sue, alleging that the guidance could hold him liable for non-willful actions such as "inadvertent paperwork errors" and result in the revocation of his license.

A federal judge dismissed a transgender doctor’s gender discrimination claims. There is no evidence that the doctor’s bad reaction to Percocet following breast augmentation surgery, or her request that a patient purchase “whippets” on her behalf, were the reasons behind the hospital’s decision not to renew her contract. Rather, the doctor did not complete her continuing education requirements.

A federal judge ruled a hemp farm may sue San Diego County related to the search of its farm and the destruction of $3 million worth of crops. The search warrant was defective because it did not mention the possibility that the company was legally cultivating hemp on its property and not marijuana. The officers also unreasonably dismissed the farm tenant's offer to show physical proof that the farm had a valid registration permit to grow hemp.

A federal judge declined to dismiss a convenience store employee’s suit claiming he was fired for enforcing the mask mandate during the Covid-19 pandemic. This caused a customer to swear at the employee, who swore back. While it is reasonable to fire an employee for swearing at a customer, there have been instances in the past where the employer has not fired an employee who swore at customers, suggesting the employee’s Covid-19 safety concerns were part of the decision to fire him.

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Republican U.S. representatives and other New York politicians claim a mail-in voting law violates the state Constitution, which says voters must cast ballots in person unless they are ill, disabled or out of town, according to a suit filed at the Albany County Supreme Court.

The Interior Department Monday announced a Bureau of Land Management proposal that would protect 4,000 acres in Sandoval County, New Mexico, by preventing new mining claims and oil and gas development in the area for 50 years. The plan is designed to protect tribal sites near Placitas and boost local recreation opportunities.

The group behind the U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately gutted affirmative action in college admissions now claims West Point should not be able to consider race when admitting cadets.

The estate of the late singer Jenni Rivera claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court in California that companies owned by her father have failed to pay royalties and exploited rights to her sound recordings that “rightfully belong” to her successors.

Westlake Corp. has polluted surface and groundwater and caused subsidence near the Sulphur Mines Salt Dome, damaging properties and the environment, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

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