CNS

Suffering losses of $9 billion last year and on track do worse in 2020, the postmaster general on Friday announced a reorganization of the service and a freeze on executive hiring amid the Covid-19 pandemic and an impending election. 

by BRANDI BUCHMAN

Saying the order was issued without giving due process to the company, TikTok on Friday threatened legal action over President Donald Trump’s executive action that would ban the platform’s parent company from doing business in the United States.

by TIM RYAN

In the midst of sun-drenched olive orchards and farmers’ fields in southern Italy, there’s the incongruous sight of workers in hard hats, armed security guards, high-wire fences and heavy machinery.

By CAIN BURDEAU

Environmental groups, state regulators, a waste company and others oppose a federal plan to let disposal sites that aren’t specifically licensed for radioactive waste request an exception to take in the waste.

by TRAVIS BUBENIK

Planet in Peril

Glaciers in the Southern Hemisphere, located in New Zealand, are past a tipping point in terms of ice loss due to climate change.

by NATHAN SOLIS

by VICTORIA PRIESKOP

Courts

A judge has refused to delay a lawsuit by famed New York columnist E. Jean Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her decades ago when he was a private citizen.

by ADAM KLASFELD

by BIANCA BRUNO

Delivering a blow to the Trump administration, the full D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the House Judiciary Committee can enforce its subpoena of former White House counsel Don McGahn.

by JACK RODGERS

by ADAM KLASFELD

Sports

After six years of litigation and two appeals, the Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a class action claiming the National Football League negligently allowed teams to push painkillers on hurt athletes, causing permanent injuries and drug addictions for players.

by NICHOLAS IOVINO

by DAVID LEE

In the race that will help decide who will fill the senate seat of outgoing Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, Dr. Manny Sethi failed to overcome the weight of President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his opponent, U.S. former ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty.

by DANIEL JACKSON

A top intelligence official said Friday that Russia is trying to boost President Donald Trump’s re-election chances by undermining his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, while China wants the former vice president to win because it sees Trump as unpredictable.

by JACK RODGERS

Column

ROBERT KAHN

Let’s get this straight: Donald Trump says we must send 56.6 million schoolchildren back to classes, during a lethal pandemic, but it’s too dangerous to let Americans vote in an election he appears destined to lose.

Pandemic

An overwhelming majority of Americans said that houses of worship should not be allowed to ignore rules about social distancing, the Pew Research Center found in a survey released Friday.

by JAMES PALMER

While many parents won’t be sending their children off to school this fall, that isn’t stopping big-box stores and local boutiques in Texas from preparing for what they hope will be a busy tax-free holiday weekend as bargain shoppers welcome the annual tax moratorium Friday.

by ERIK DE LA GARZA

by EMILEE LARKIN

Across the Nation

The en banc D.C. Circuit cleared the way Friday for House lawmakers to mount a court challenge over the use of military funds to build President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall.

by TIM RYAN

The 11th Circuit on Friday gave victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex ring another chance to challenge a non-prosecution deal that shields the wealthy financier’s associates from criminal liability in Florida court.

by IZZY KAPNICK

A Minnesota judge denied a motion Friday afternoon to exclude Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s from the prosecution of one of the four officers charged in the death of George Floyd.

by ANDY MONSERUD

Despite positive indications from drug manufacturers and health professionals — including recent congressional testimony by infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci — that a Covid-19 vaccine may be available within the next six months, a new poll suggests about a third of Americans say they have no plans to be vaccinated when it’s available.

by CARSON MCCULLOUGH

by DANIEL CONRAD

by MARTIN MACIAS JR.

Georgia election officials on Thursday were hit with a federal lawsuit that demands they overhaul their voting infrastructure to avoid a repeat of the debacle of long lines that played out during the 2020 primary.

by IZZY KAPNICK

by KEVIN LESSMILLER

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions against the chief executive of Hong Kong and 10 other pro-China government officials for supporting Beijing’s crackdown on protesters in the semi-autonomous territory.

by JACK RODGERS

by BIANCA BRUNO

More than 29,000 acres have burned in Southern California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the week since a diesel truck exhaust pipe sparked a wildfire, spurred by triple-digit temperatures.

by NATHAN SOLIS

In Brief

by ROBERT KAHN

Patients at Southern California’s Patton State Hospital, one of the largest involuntary psychiatric facilities in the United States, sued the state and hospital directors Wednesday saying they risk dying of the novel coronavirus because at least 112 patients and 147 staff have tested positive so far.

Acting on a request filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Friday to study whether the black teatfish — a type of sea cucumber — should be listed as threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat and commercial harvesting for Indo-Asian markets.

Miller Gaffney Art Advisory LLC claims in court that Rudy Giuliani owes it $15,700 for appraising fine and decorative art, among other property, as part of the lawyer’s divorce last year from his third wife.

A federal judge in Washington dismissed the Humane Society’s lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture for stripping federal protections against horse soring, a practice that involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves to achieve a high-stepping gait prized in the show ring.

A federal judge dismissed Judicial Watch’s request for the disclosure of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s subpoenas to telecommunications providers as part of its impeachment inquiry into the activities of President Trump.

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Rulings

by LORRAINE BAILEY

The Sixth Circuit denied immunity to Michigan government defendants, including former Governor Rick Snyder, in actions stemming from the Flint water crisis based on the court’s previous findings that the officials played direct roles in creating the crisis.

A federal judge in California dismissed a securities class action against Facebook accusing the company of misleading investors about its privacy policies, as evinced by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The investors did not show that the allegedly false statements made by Facebook executives caused its stock price to fall.

The Seventh Circuit ruled that class-action objectors who seek to “blackmail” fellow class members by objecting to the settlement unless they receive a private payout may be ordered to disgorge their ill-gotten proceeds for the benefit of the class.

Arkansas prisoners on death row may subpoena the state of Nebraska for information about the existence of known and available alternatives to Arkansas’ method of execution that would significantly reduce the risk of severe pain, the Eighth Circuit ruled.

An employee can sue White Castle for collecting her fingerprint data and disclosing it to third parties in violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act, a federal judge ruled, even though the company began using its biometric timekeeping system before the law was passed.

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Places

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California. (Courthouse News photo / Chris Marshall)