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A Georgia federal judge is expected to issue a ruling in the coming days on whether the Republican senator must testify before a special grand jury in two weeks or if he's protected by legislative immunity.

by Megan Butler

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is vowing the war will not end until his country has retaken Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. His tough stance leaves little room for negotiations.

by Cain Burdeau

Amid all the chaos of climate change news, orca and salmon lovers finally have something to cheer about.

by Alanna Madden

Governor Gavin Newsom — who typically champions the environment and carbon neutrality — opposes Proposition 30.

by Natalie Hanson

If approved by voters in November, Guerrero will replace retiring Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

by Maria Dinzeo

While her role in the congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection likely plays a part in her fall from grace, her opposition to former President Trump might not be the only factor.

by Laura Lundquist

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The plaintiffs call the photos macabre digital gossip. The county says it's an essential part of any transportation accident investigation.

by Hillel Aron

“The way that Penguin was integrated into Random House should not be the model, in my view, of how a Penguin Random House acquisition of Simon & Schuster should be handled if we want to maintain a robust marketplace for authors,” longtime literary agent Christy Fletcher said Wednesday.

by Emily Zantow

Prosecutors say the men were smart enough to research and formulate a plan to kidnap and execute the governor, but defense attorneys argue they were full of empty talk and were pushed into it by undercover FBI agents.

by Andy Olesko

The justices will allow litigation and discovery to move forward in suits from former users against one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world.

by Kelsey Reichmann

An attorney for the sheriff of Seminole County told the 11th Circuit that a Florida federal judge did not give the sheriff a chance to be heard before permanently banning the policy of holding DUI arrestees in county jail for eight hours even after they post bond.

by Kayla Goggin

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Kaiser doctors, therapists and patients complained they're stymied from seeing mental health patients in a timely manner by the hospital giant's deliberate understaffing.

by Natalie Hanson

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said the Peach State has a “once in a generation” chance to invest in families and small businesses without raising taxes in a major speech Tuesday evening announcing her economic plan for Georgia ahead of November’s election.

by Kayla Goggin

Tim Michels, a relative political outsider who has never held public office, beat a denizen of Wisconsin's Republican establishment in the GOP primary for the state's governorship on Tuesday.

by Joe Kelly

A rap battle found its way to the 11th Circuit on Tuesday, where judges heard arguments in a producer's appeal of a ruling that he had infringed on rapper Rackboy Cam's copyright of the 2015 song "Everything Be Lit."

by Megan Butler

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A jury delivered a mixed-bag verdict in the case of Ahmad Abouammo, a former twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia, finding him guilty of acting on behalf of Saudi Arabia in exchange for a luxury watch and cash, but did not find him culpable for the conduct of a co-worker who was also charged.

by Maria Dinzeo

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Rulings

by Lorraine Bailey

A federal judge allowed a class of EpiPen users to pursue antitrust claims against drugmaker Mylan, ruling they sufficiently showed the company, in cooperation with Pfizer, attempted to dominate the emergency allergy medication market and delay entry of a generic version.

The D.C. Circuit upheld the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ rule classifying bump stocks as machine guns, finding the agency has the authority to interpret the term “machine gun” to include bump stocks and instruct all individuals who own bump stocks to turn them in.

A federal judge granted a newspaper publisher’s request for an injunction against the owner of a news app called NewsBreak, which searches the internet for content and fully reproduced the newspaper’s articles on Android devices. The app cannot claim that its blatant copying of the newspaper’s original reporting is fair use because there is nothing transformative about its display of the articles.

The Montana Supreme Court upheld a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of new laws regulating and restricting abortion services, holding that abortion providers have shown that the laws could be unconstitutional.

A federal judge ruled that Boston University’s shutdown of in-person classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic was not a breach of contract because remote classes were an adequate substitute for in-person instruction.

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Bartenders who worked at the 2022 U.S. Open golf tournament filed a class action accusing Aramark of keeping tens of thousands of dollars in tips meant for them.

Affordable housing advocates complain the San Francisco Board of Supervisors put an initiative on the ballot that is "cynically designed to counter" a citizen measure that is more likely to attract developers to build more affordable housing.

Twenty-five Texas cities led by Dallas claim Disney, Hulu and Netflix have failed to pay millions of dollars in franchise fees dating back to 2007.

A class claims in federal court that the Dallas Mavericks and the team’s billionaire owner Mark Cuban lied about the cryptocurrency brokerage firm Voyager being commission-free in order to get an unfair advantage over competitors.

Federal prosecutors claim a man used the name Desilu — the production company behind "I Love Lucy" and the original "Star Trek" — to bilk would-be investors to the tune of $331,000.

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