High Court to Probe Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining


The Supreme Court took up a case Monday where Virginia has barred mining companies from exploiting the country’s largest known uranium deposit.

Cohen: Keep Stormy's Lawyer Out of Probe


President Donald Trump’s embattled personal lawyer Michael Cohen filed court papers Friday afternoon arguing the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels shouldn’t be allowed to appear in a case stemming from last month’s FBI raid of Cohen’s home and office.

Cities Line Up to Support California in Sanctuary Fight With Feds


The nation’s largest cities are lining up in support of California’s sanctuary policies, choosing sides in the growing fight over immigration between the Trump administration and the Golden State.

Also: Judges Ordered to Stop Suspending Immigration Cases

Brown Touts Gas Tax as Repeal Effort Ignites


California Governor Jerry Brown called efforts to repeal a gas tax that will pay for transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the state “stupid” and “devious” at a transportation event Friday in downtown Los Angeles.

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The copper time capsule opened Friday in San Diego Superior Court. (Bianca Bruno/CNS)

San Diego Court Finds Treasure in 1961 Time Capsule

San Diego Superior Court broke open a time capsule from 1961 on Friday containing court documents, newspapers announcing John Glenn’s trip to the moon and letters of congratulations on the new courthouse from past presidents.


A Good Bet


The U.S. Supreme Court has finally solved the judicial financial crisis. In case you missed it, the court last week said states can legalize gambling. Is there a sport more compelling than litigation?

Cambridge Analytica Seeks Bankruptcy Protection


Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm embroiled in a Facebook privacy fiasco, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday.

Campbell Cans CEO, Touts Strategic Review as Sales Slump


The CEO of Campbell Soup announced her retirement Friday as the company announced that it will undertake a strategic review to address poor sales in a climate that is increasingly hostile to processed foods and imported steel.

Judge Hangs Poland Spring Class Action Out to Dry


Consumers must amend a massive fraud class action that accuses Poland Spring of mislabeling its bottled water, a federal judge ruled.

Employee-Arbitration Demands Upheld by Supreme Court


In its latest buttressing of corporate arbitration, the U.S. Supreme Court was sharply divided Monday in saying employees do not have a right to class action relief.

Justices Take Up Murder Case Involving Tribal Land


The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Oklahoma lacked jurisdiction to try a tribe member for murder based on 1866 territorial boundaries establishing a reservation in the eastern part of the state.

The Feed

Woman Wants Conviction Axed in China Arms Case


The attorney for a Chinese woman convicted of trying to send a $50 million missile-firing drone and jet fighter engines to China asked the 11th Circuit on Friday to overturn her conviction for lack of evidence.

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In this April 23, 2018 file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)

Justices to Clarify Attorney’s Fee Rules
in Benefits Cases


Jury Deliberating With $1B at Stake in Apple-Samsung Trial

A customer checks the iPhone 6, in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Apple went last in closing arguments Friday afternoon as they tried to convince an 8-person jury to award them more than a billion dollars in damages resulting from Samsung’s infringement of three design patents related to the original iPhone.

Wisconsin Retailer Accuses Labor Board of Overreach


Wisconsin-based home improvement giant Menards sued the National Labor Relations Board, claiming it is unlawfully trying to control the company’s relationship with independent contractors.

Wynn Wraps Up $68M Cleanup for Massachussetts Casino


A new casino headed to the Mystic River area took shape Thursday as Wynn Resorts touted its completion of a $68 million pollution cleanup.

Viral Video Lands Formal Grievance for Lawyer


A formal grievance letter filed with court officials Thursday takes aim at a lawyer identified in a viral video where a white man threatens New York City restaurant workers with deportation.

Judge Likens Convicted LA Officer's Defense to 'Nuremberg'


A federal judge seemed skeptical on Friday of a former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy’s arguments that her superior was to blame for her imprisonment and job loss related to her obstruction of a federal investigation.

Missouri House Passes Ban on Shackling Pregnant Inmates


Missouri lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that bars corrections officers from shackling pregnant prisoners through their third trimester, during labor and two days after delivery, and the measure will now go to embattled Governor Eric Greitens.


FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as he meets in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Trump said Thursday, April 12, that an attack on Syria could take place "very soon or not so soon at all!" (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump to Demand DOJ Review Claims of FBI Spy on Campaign


Asylum-Seeker's Appellate Demand Fought at 9th Circuit


An ACLU attorney told a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday the U.S. government’s refusal to grant asylum to a Sri Lankan member of the Tamil ethnic minority or allow him to appeal the decision is unconstitutional.

Trump Taps Acting VA Chief to Lead Agency Permanently


President Donald Trump on Friday tapped current acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to be the next permanent head of the department.

Man Denied Marriage License Challenging Kim Davis

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. On Friday, July 21, 2017, a federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys' fees for the elected county clerk who caused a national uproar by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Shelly Phillips works in an office at the First United Methodist Church in Laramie, Wyoming, and rarely donates to political candidates. But in December, she sent a small donation to David Ermold, who wants to be the next clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, about 1,200 miles from where she lives.

Manafort Bail Near With Addition of Mystery Property

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. Manafort is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, March 2, 2018, in a northern Virginia courthouse on charges including tax evasion and bank fraud. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Nearly seven months after Paul Manafort’s criminal indictment, the unidentified owners of a property in Washington state have put the former Trump campaign manager close to satisfying the terms of his $10 million bail package.

Alleged Mugshots.com Co-Owners Charged With Extortion


Two men alleged to be the co-owners of Mugshots.com had their own booking photos taken last week after South Florida police arrested them on a warrant issued by California’s attorney general.

Conservative Revolt Over Immigration Sinks Farm Bill


In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.


In this image made from video, two wild horses stand in an open field, Sunday, May 20, 2018, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Australian State Proposes Protecting Wild Horses


Social Media Under Microscope in Emotive Irish Abortion Vote

In this photo taken on May 17, 2018, a pro life supporter canvassing for a No vote on the streets of Dublin, Ireland. In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate rages in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged _ and more shadowy _ as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters ahead of Friday's referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: “Her choice: vote yes.” Anti-abortion placards warn against a “license to kill.”

In North Korea Nuke Site Closure, Spectacle Trumps Substance

FILE - This undated file photo distributed on Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Foreign journalists will journey into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s nuclear test site, a display of goodwill ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump.  (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Pompeo to Lay Out Post-Nuclear Deal Strategy to Contain Iran


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration’s strategy for constraining Iran’s nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

United Kingdom Will Not
Block Comcast-Sky Deal


Britain’s government says it does not intend to refer U.S. media conglomerate Comcast’s $30.7 billion (22 billion pound) takeover offer for London-based Sky to competition authorities, saying the proposed merger doesn’t raise concerns on public interest grounds.

South African Man Found Guilty of Ax Murders of Family

Henri van Breda, left, talks to one of his legal adviser, Piet Botha, right, in the HIgh Court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, May 21, 2018 as he awaits the verdict in his murder, and attempted murder trial. Van Breda is accused of murdering his father, mother and brother and the attempted murder of his sister. (AP Photo/Nasied Manie)

A South African man has been found guilty of murdering three members of his immediate family on Monday, more than three years after the gruesome attack in an upscale housing estate that shocked the nation.

In Brief

Walt Girdner:

Walt Girdner, was born in central Iowa in 1922. He was one of five children. His father took a job as a Pastor in Alameda where the family moved and relocated to the Bay Area of California in 1925. Growing up during the great depression in the Bay Area was difficult. Walt struggled to make extra money to help out the family by taking on many different jobs.  Such jobs varied from working the corn fields and selling corn, to bucking hay bales and pulling double shifts at the cannery.

As a young man, he developed an interest in art and imagery.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed that young people are better at interpreting imagery than adults for their imaginations are more agile and unencumbered.

Tall and lanky as a teenager, Walt would often run the three miles to school.  He later became a high school champion in the quarter-mile and half-mile, and he would anchor the 440-relay. For his speed and endurance, he was offered a track scholarship to Stanford University and recruited for the 1944 US Olympic Team before World War II erupted and cancelled the games.  He graduated in 1943 with a degree in psychology.