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The justices limited the scope of the high court’s landmark expansion of Second Amendment rights.

by Kelsey Reichmann

More than 35,000 LGBTQ+ veterans were discharged for their sexual orientation between 1980 and 2011. The reason for their discharge remains on their permanent records.

by Hillel Aron

The 13 plaintiffs from Hawaii took on the transportation sector, winning commitments for green infrastructure and investment in electric transit.

by Keya Rivera

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Of course I’m a fan of Caitlin Clark. But more than that, I’m a fan of Title IX.

by Robert Kahn

Closing Arguments

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The high court gave juries greater control over enhancing sentences for accused career criminals.

by Kelsey Reichmann

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal urged Marseille voters to reject extremes on Friday. Early polls show the far right and far left have a significant lead on President Emmanuel Macron's centrists ahead of snap legislative elections.

by Lily Radziemski

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Highly valued in male-dominated Viking society, female Norse seers or vølver guided Vikings of all social standings through life challenges. An unorthodox new exhibit, opening next week at the Danish National Museum, aims to give visitors the full vølve experience.

by Lasse Sørensen

Courts & the Law

City officials have repeatedly said that state law limits their ability to restrict guns near the convention. The security plan also creates designated protest zones, which demonstrators suing the city say are inadequate.

by Joe Kelly

A sentencing date will be set after an August trial to determine the aggravating factors of the charges.

by Michael Gennaro

Matt Couch failed to plausibly state any claims of actual malice in his defamation suit against a podcaster, a three-judge panel ruled.

by Ryan Knappenberger

In considering the motion, Judge Aileen Cannon wanted to know if Merrick Garland was actively overseeing this criminal case against the former president.

by Erik Uebelacker

The high court’s ruling favors the State Department’s national security concerns over a U.S. citizen’s spousal interests.

by Ryan Knappenberger and Kelsey Reichmann

The former clerk and recorder of Mesa County faces charges related to leaking voting machine passwords in 2021.

by Amanda Pampuro

The high court said Arizona violated the Confrontation Clause when a witness presented testimonial evidence that was not his during a drug prosecution.

by Kelsey Reichmann and Ryan Knappenberger

One expert said the move reflects a realization that many Americans, especially young people, get their news from social media.

by Dave Byrnes

Although a sex trafficking victim can't prove Marriott and its franchisee had an established business relationship with her trafficker, she can proceed with arguments that hotel staff should have done more to intervene, a federal judge ruled.

by Sam Ribakoff

Former Himalaya Exchange CEO Jesse Brown denied claims that H-Coin, supported by exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, was "anchored in gold." As part of criminal proceedings against Guo, Brown also said the product's worth had been overvalued.

by Nika Schoonover

Prosecutors said there is "a critical need” to protect the Manhattan jurors who convicted Trump from attacks by the former president and his devotees.

by Josh Russell

The motion comes just hours after a D.C. Circuit panel rejected Bannon's efforts to remain free pending appeal.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Around the Nation

While the Legislature has already passed a budget this month, it needed to reach an agreement with Governor Gavin Newsom on a final budget.

by Alan Riquelmy

Stocks did not rally significantly when Nvidia was named the most valuable company in the world this week. They didn’t have much reaction when the company’s stock fell precipitously, either.

by Nick Rummell

With a narrow 5-4 majority, the high court blocked a water agreement made between Texas and New Mexico without the federal government’s blessing.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill started as an anti-mask measure but evolved into one that would loosen campaign financing law — but Republicans, who hold a legislature supermajority, are expected to pass the measure regardless.

by Sydney Haulenbeek

Since launching in summer 2023, the Folsom Times has seen its monthly page views steadily grow. It’s a rare success story in an era of newspaper downsizing and social media misinformation.

by Alan Riquelmy

Governor Josh Green says that some of the bills passed by the state Legislature misappropriate funds away from some the state's more pressing crises.

by Keya Rivera

The Los Angeles County case affects charter cities only. The Legislature can't involve itself in the governance of those cities, unless the law is meant to resolve an issue of statewide concern.

by Alan Riquelmy

In a statement, Governor Gavin Newsom said the Golden State had added more than 3.1 million jobs since May 2020.

by Alan Riquelmy

Minimum wage activists seek an injunction to remove what they say is a misleading referral from the November ballot.

by Joe Duhownik

Drying lakes expose toxic dust, but conserving and even raising the lake's water level could lower health risks for all.

by Sam Ribakoff

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad & Candace Cheung

The United States Preventive Services Task Force won and lost at the Fifth Circuit, which declared its “unreviewable power” to issue mandates about what preventive care insurers must cover constitutionally invalid. The appellate panel only bars the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the mandates “to the extent they came at the recommendation of the Task Force,” however, and not other mandates such as ones properly ratified and by Secretary Xavier Becerra.

A Hawaii appeals court blocked Honolulu from continuing its removal of the famed Ha'iku Stairs, a popular but illegal hike on Oahu, citing the pending appeal by advocates for the stairs who previously had their initial suit asking for the stairs to stay dismissed.

The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the $4.75 million jury verdict against a natural gas company, whose underground pipeline’s stray voltage distressed and harmed a dairy farm’s milk cows. The stray electrical current caused many cows to get sick, extending workers’ workdays and reducing milk production, and the farm had to euthanize an unusually high number of the herd as a consequence.

The Washington Supreme Court said the lower court should not have sided with the city of Sunnyside in the state attorney general’s challenge against the city’s crime-free rental housing program, which allegedly permits evictions without due process and apparently targets Latino tenants, women-headed households and families with minors. The state’s top attorney has authority to bring the action because these are matters of public concern.

A federal court in Idaho granted a conservation group’s requested preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing permits and fees required for the group to film donation asks on public lands, but not required of news organizations who also film there. “Granting the news certain privileges may be permissible, but those privileges cannot overshadow the constitutional rights of others.”

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

The former employee of a Hawaii engineering firm says in a lawsuit the firm conspired with a city prosecutor to bring false theft charges against her after she filed harassment claims. New evidence of the conspiracy was revealed during the recently concluded corruption trial of the firm and the prosecutor.

A documentary about Tom Petty uses 45 minutes of footage of the singer without permission or compensation, filmmaker Martyn Atkins says. Atkins, the art director for Petty's "Wildflowers" album, captured hours of footage of the singer in the studio and on tour.

Groups that work to protect New York's Lake George sued environmental regulators over a plan to add an experimental herbicide to the large freshwater lake, which has grappled for years with invasive plants.

Nike investors say in a class action that the major athletic brand misrepresented the success of its new direct-to-consumers strategy, which actually caused a major decline in market value that resulted in significant losses for stockholders.

In addition to the man they say struck and killed their 12-year-old daughter with a jet ski, Ashley and Mark Peterson blame the website OfferUp and lifeguards and police they claim didn't stop Arsanyous Ghaly and his friends from going about 50 mph in Mission Bay's 5-mph zone.

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