Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Bernie Sanders in Queens

Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district—under the backdrop of the Queensboro Bridge—the “Squad” leader made her endorsement of Bernie Sanders official on Saturday afternoon at a time that the Vermont senator needed a lift.


Resignation Won't Divert House Subpoena of Perry

Facing scrutiny about his role in Ukraine dealings that have driven a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump, Energy Secretary Rick Perry will resign his office. Before that can happen, the clock for Perry to answer a House subpoena runs down Friday.

The San Gabriel Mountains accentuate the backdrop of the SELA Arts Festival in July 2019 as LA County residents experience a transformed lower LA River. (Photo courtesy LA County Public Works)

Residents - and Wildlife - Eager for Revitalized Lower LA River

Elizabeth Castillo looks on as her daughter Reynata plays with children at a playground near the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, California, in mid-October, hoping one day the river will be clean enough to kayak on.


Judiciary Snapshot: Trump Nominees Confirmed This Week

The Senate confirmed four of President Donald Trump’s nominees to federal district courts this week, while the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced six other nominees.

Wind turbines are seen near the West Texas city of Fort Stockton in 2018. (CNS Photo/Travis Bubenik)

Wind and Solar Builders Descend on Texas While Tax Breaks Last

Seen from above, the sprawling landscape of West Texas can look something like a checkerboard. Anyone who has ever flown into Midland, the heart of the booming Permian Basin oil patch, knows the sight: dirt roads crisscross huge swaths of desert scrub, sandy veins in the sparse vegetation connecting thousands of oil and gas wells.


UK Parliament Votes to Delay Brexit Vote

In what was billed as “Super Saturday,” Parliament was called into an extremely rare Saturday session for a momentous up-or-down vote on a Brexit deal Johnson struck with the EU. Instead, the vote was derailed by a parliamentary maneuver.


Turkish-Backed Forces, Kurds Clash Despite Syria Cease-Fire

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of northeastern Syria on Saturday, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village, a war monitor said. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the U.S.-brokered cease-fire.


Trump Quarterly Approval Rating Drops to 41 Percent

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Target Center, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump’s job approval rating took a hit this quarter to just under 41%, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.


Florida Can't Base Felon Voting Rights on Ability to Pay

In this Sept. 20, 2018 photo, voting booths stand ready in downtown Minneapolis for the opening of early voting in Minnesota. Minnesota and South Dakota are tied for the earliest start in the country for early voting in the 2018 midterm elections. A new poll finds that a large majority of Americans are concerned the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, with Democrats more concerned than Republicans.  (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Florida cannot deny the right to vote to felons unable to pay restitution or fines, a federal judge ruled late Friday.


Third Circuit OKs Buffer Zones for Anti-Abortion Protesters

The Third Circuit ruled unanimously Friday that a Pittsburgh buffer-zone ordinance that puts space between clinics and anti-abortion activists does not violate the protesters’ rights.


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Colorful Fish Found Only in Tennessee Wins Federal Protection

Pointing to its battle against an evasive species and threats posed by climate change, the Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday extended Endangered Species Act protection to a small, colorful fish found only in a handful of Tennessee counties.


Virginia Governor Touts Landmark Deal on Solar and Wind Power

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a new contract Friday to power state government buildings using solar and wind farms, making it the largest renewable energy agreement in the nation.


Trump Outstripping Obama on Pace of Executive Orders

It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.”


Johnny Depp Ordered to Hand Over Medical Records to Ex-Wife

Johnny Depp’s lawyers describe the actor as upfront about his past substance abuse, a man with nothing to hide. That may be more true than ever after a Virginia judge ruled Friday that he must give his ex-wife’s attorneys access to medical records related to his alcohol and drug use.


Jury Recommends Death Penalty for 'Hollywood Ripper'

More than a decade after his arrest – and over 18 years after the murder of his first California victim – a Los Angeles jury unanimously recommended the death penalty for convicted murderer Michael Gargiulo.


Rapper Must Pay $7.1 Million for Sexual Battery, Seventh Circuit Rules

The Seventh Circuit on Thursday evening upheld a $7.1 million judgment against rap artist The Game for sexually battering a contestant on his VH1 dating show, slamming his “deeply reprehensible” conduct.


Honduran Ex-Congressman Convicted of Cocaine-Trafficking Scheme

Only two days into their deliberations, a federal jury in New York reached a verdict sure to cause a political earthquake in Latin America. Honduran ex-congressman Antonio “Tony” Hernández was found guilty Friday of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that prosecutors say also involved that country’s president.


Sri Lankan Fighting Deportation Will Get High Court Audience

Jailed, beaten and tortured for political activity during the Sri Lankan civil war, Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam’s case for U.S. asylum was taken up Friday by the Supreme Court.


Case Against Security-Addled New York City Prison Gets Lift-Off

Shadowed by scandal after the apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the Metropolitan Correctional Center faces a fresh round of scrutiny from a Friday court ruling on an unsolved inmate beating death.



Humor — Is It Funny?


There comes a time when we must lay artifice aside and write the truth directly as it flows from the human heart. I’m not going to do it, though. I’ve got a family to support. What, do you think I’m crazy? I’m here to tell jokes.

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Regulators Blast PG&E Over Power Shutoff Blunders

California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer, top rignt, and commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, top left, listen as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) CEO Bill Johnson, bottom, speaks during a meeting at CPUC headquarters in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California regulators lambasted Pacific Gas and Electric’s top executives and board members over its botched handling of planned power blackouts during a 4.5-hour meeting Friday.


Hepatitis-Like Virus Found in US Bald Eagles

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Bald eagles are dying from a new disease that mimics the symptoms of hepatitis C in humans and has been found in birds across the country, according to research released Friday.

In this photo provided by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exits the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.  The world’s first female spacewalking team is making history high above Earth.  This is the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. Their job is to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.(NASA via AP)

First All-Female Spacewalking Team Makes History

The world’s first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station’s power grid

Tears run down the face of Naomi Liem, 10, of Franklin Park, N.J., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during a protest against immigrant families being split up. Liem's father, Guanuawan Liem, is currently being detained by ICE. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Feds Admit 1.250 More Immigrant Children Were Separated From Parents

The federal government likely separated an additional 1,250 immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border before formally announcing its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, a Health and Human Services official told a federal judge Friday.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Shifting Explanations for Withholding Aid Draw GOP Alarm

The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance.


Nebraska Justices Reject Challenge to Lethal Injection Protocols

The Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the state’s controversial protocol for lethal injection executions Friday, finding the plaintiffs lack standing to sue.

FILE - In this March 11, 2015 file photo, newly-filled and sealed cans of Miller Lite beer move along on a conveyor belt, at the MillerCoors Brewery, in Golden, Colo. A Wisconsin judge on Friday, May 24, 2019, ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors' light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Spat Between Beer Giants Widens With Trade Secrets

A dispute between two beer giants took an unexpected turn after Anheuser-Busch filed a counterclaim accusing a MillerCoors employee of stealing its recipes, brewing processes and other trade secrets using contacts and inside information gathered when he worked for Anheuser-Busch.

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Official Arrested, Accused of Breaking Open Records Law

A South Dakota county auditor accused of failing to make documents available for a public meeting was arrested and charged with violating the state’s open meetings law, in a rare move seen as extreme by some media and open-government experts.


Justices Will Hear Challenge to Consumer Watchdog Agency

Taking up a case that will give its conservative majority another opportunity to press their vision of administrative agency power, the Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an existential challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers a question posed by student journalists during the Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge event in Park Ridge, Ill., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

38 People Cited for Violations in Clinton Email Probe

The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.

In a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits for an interview with The Associated Press in Columbus. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer money from any national opioid settlement to hospitals and health-based research. Gee and Kasich will announce Citizens for Effective Opioid Treatment on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

‘Final Straw’: GOP Ex-Ohio Gov. Kasich Supports Impeachment

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, said Friday that he supports impeaching the president — but isn’t ready to call for his removal from office.


Marches and Strikes Rattle Catalonia Amid Separatist Anger

Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest.

A demonstrator holds a U.S. flag during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

US Slaps Tariffs on European Goods in Growing Trade Conflict

A trade conflict between the United States and Europeans got uglier Friday after the Trump administration imposed new tariffs on an array of European goods, many of them luxury items like Scotch malt whiskeys, Italian gourmet cheeses, expensive French wines and Spanish olives.

Peter Mulryan reads an article about Irish children who were registered as dead and then sold to Americans, sits at his kitchen table in Ballinasloe, Ireland. Mulryan believes a sister he has never known may have ended up being sold in such a secretive deal. (Cain Burdeau photo/Courthouse News)

Born Out of Wedlock, Forced Into Servitude: An Irish Story

His first memory finds him walking for the first time beyond the walls of the big gray building where he’d been locked up since birth. He’s 4½ years old. He had never seen an automobile. He had never seen a dog.


In Brief


Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .

As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.

He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.

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The lost city of Pompeii lies beneath a sleeping Mt. Vesuvius. (William Dotinga / CNS)