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Variation between states, and even local areas, create an opportunity for future coronavirus surges to develop and open the door to mutations that may become new variants.

by NINA PULLANO

The over 20 million Californians who are fully vaccinated can now access their immunization record on their mobile device.

by NATHAN SOLIS

While the Gunnison sage grouse once lived among the four corners of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado, it now only occupies 10% of its historical range, with the largest population in the Gunnison Basin.

by AMANDA PAMPURO

Columns

ROBERT KAHN

In imagining themselves “victims” of a conspiracy that never happened, Trump and the carnivorous sheep who follow him are pursuing imaginary revenge for imaginary wrongs, and because their revenge is imaginary, these weak people may pursue it forever.

The move to draft a document on the Eucharist targets the nation’s second Catholic president over his support for abortion rights.

by JACK RODGERS

Environment

The government promised water to farmers and ranchers that has to remain in rivers and lakes, or risk the imminent extinction of multiple species. Meanwhile, tribes step in to make sure the government enforces water rules.

by KARINA BROWN

Across the Nation

The court found drawing blood from a passed-out driver without a warrant is unconstitutional, but allowed blood evidence for the driver in the underlying case because the officer who took her blood thought he was following the law.

by JOE KELLY

by DUSTIN MANDUFFIE

The Iowa Supreme Court found Waterloo’s ordinance barring employers from rejecting applicants with criminal histories conflicts with state law.

by ROX LAIRD

Health & Science

Neurologists say their discovery of a “Mozart effect” could lead to customized music treatments for people plagued by epileptic seizures.

by CAMERON LANGFORD

Podcast

In episode 2 of our new podcast, we break down this spring’s dramatic — and right-leaning — Texas legislative session, the federal trial into the failure of a cryogenic tank containing human embryos and eggs, and an upcoming fight over California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines.

Rulings

by KELSEY JUKAM

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a police officer improperly looked through trash bags without a warrant in a drug investigation. The court ruled that although warrantless trash grabs are useful for law enforcement, “the utility of warrantless activity is not the issue under our constitution.” 

A federal court in Pennsylvania denied Walt Disney Company’s motion to dismiss a discrimination suit brought on behalf of a young autistic boy who was denied entry into a Walt Disney store because he cannot wear a face mask for more than a few seconds due to his condition. 

An appeals court in Georgia ruled in favor of FedEx in a negligence suit arising from a mass shooting at a packaging facility in Kennesaw in 2014, finding that the shooting was not foreseeable despite prior instances of workplace violence, including a 2011 incident at a facility in Illinois. 

A federal appeals court in Washington upheld the dismissal of Alexander Khochinsky’s suit against Poland over its attempt to extradite him over his possession of a painting, which Poland says was stolen by Nazi forces. Khochinsky had offered the painting to Poland in exchange for restitution for the loss of his family’s land during the Nazi invasion. 

A police officer shot at a dog while investigating a domestic violence incident. Bullet fragments then hit a young girl in the face and the neck. But the police officer is immune from prosecution for reckless aggravated battery, an appeals court in Kansas ruled, because he used the force as a self-defense measure against a “barking, lunging dog he believed to be a pit bull.” 

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Hot Cases

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple charged with unlawful use of a weapon for waving guns at civil rights protesters in front of their mansion, pleaded guilty Thursday to lesser charges of assault and harassment.

A class of residents of Chicago’s 45th Ward sued their alderman in federal court for removing critical comments on his Facebook page and blocking some users, claiming his actions amount to content-based regulation of speech.

The family of a Sacramento Police officer killed while responding to a domestic disturbance sued nearly 20 purveyors of so-called “ghost guns,” saying they skirt federal and state gun laws by selling kits that allow people to turn rifles into ghost guns and self-assembled assault-style weapons.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution establishing a national holiday for Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration of the emancipation of more than 250,000 slaves at the close of the Civil War. 

Former San Francisco Department of Human Resources manager Rebecca Sherman has been charged with two counts of felony forgery for allegedly falsifying documents that purported to settle a lawsuit with an employee who had filed a complaint. 

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The 13,000-foot peak of Mauna Kea looms between cloud layers over the resort town of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The highest point in the state and second-highest island peak on the planet behind Puncak Jaya on New Guinea in Indonesia, the dormant volcano is approximately 1 million years old. The top last blew 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. (Courthouse News photo / Chris Marshall)