Fourth Circuit Rules Against Trump Rollback of DACA


In a win for so-called Dreamers, the Fourth Circuit ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind a deportation-deferral program for qualifying young immigrants violated federal law because it was not “adequately explained.”

Trump Tells Anti-Abortion Activists to Stay United for 2020


With Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump implored anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election even as he laid out where his personal views differ from the legislation.

California AG Ordered to Release Police Misconduct Files


California’s Justice Department will begin releasing police misconduct records created before Jan. 1, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday under a new police transparency law that garnered the ire of police unions across the state.

Pot ‘Legalization 2.0’: Social Equity Becomes a Key Question


Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

Biden Sends A Message of 'Equality, Equity, Fairness' From Philly


“We are born of the idea that every single solitary person in this country — no matter where they start, no matter where they’re from — there’s not a single thing they cannot do if they work at it,” former vice president and presidential hopeful Joe Biden sang out at a Philadelphia rally Saturday.

Swalwell Talks About Police, Racial Injustice at Campaign Stop


Democratic presidential hopeful and California Rep. Eric Swalwell made a stop in his wife’s hometown on Sunday to speak in front of a group of potential voters to make his case for being his parties’ next presidential nominee.

A man lifts a wooden chair out a window of his father's home,  in Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Many residents said a tornado struck in the early morning hours. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

Tornadoes Rake Southern Plains; More Severe Weather Expected


A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.


Dandelions Are Neither Dandy, nor Lions


I don’t know why I hate the dandelions in my yard. I just do. I dug up 2,217 of those little bastards last weekend, crouched like a serf, forked root-puller in my hand. Yes, I counted. Because there’s nothing else to do when you’re pulling dandelions, that’s why.

Sikhs Say Nordi's Apologized for Turban, Waiting for Gucci


The top civil rights organization for Sikhs in the United States says Nordstrom has apologized to the community for selling an $800 turban they found offensive, but they are still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it.

Green New Deal Races to Clean Up NYC - and Its Data


As New York City’s Green New Deal goes into effect on Friday, a Courthouse News investigation shows that city data about the famous skyline’s carbon footprint is self-reported and filled with errors. A newly enacted plan to clean that data will be crucial to a key program of the ambitious environmental initiative.

Reporter's Surveillance Claims Rejected by Fourth Circuit


The Fourth Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former CBS News investigative reporter claiming she was spied on by the Obama administration.

Judge Will Stay in Bid for Probe of Jussie Smollett Case


A Cook County judge declined Friday to transfer to another Illinois county a petition seeking a special prosecutor to investigate a state attorney’s handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s hate-crime case, inching the decision forward after several setbacks.

Engineers Create Wearable Heating-Cooling Device


Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have designed a wearable patch that offers customizable heating and cooling capabilities in virtually any environment.

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Aliso Canyon Blowout Caused by Corroded Pipe


More than three years since the country’s largest methane gas blowout at the Aliso Canyon storage field, a new report released Friday found the leak was caused by a corroded pipe saturated with groundwater.

Graduation Speaker Pledges to Pay Class of 2019 Debt

Robert F. Smith, left, laughs with David Thomas, center, and actress Angela Bassett at Morehouse College on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Atlanta. Smith, a billionaire technology investor and philanthropist, said he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College - an estimated $40 million. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement Sunday morning while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta.  (Bo Emerson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College – an estimated $40 million.

Ex-CIA Agent Gets 20 Years for Conspiring With China


Nearly a year after a jury found former CIA contractor Kevin Patrick Mallory guilty of conspiring to sell American defense secrets to a Chinese spy, a federal judge sentenced the longtime U.S. intelligence insider to 20 years in prison Friday.

'Slave Master' Takes Stand Against NXIVM Cult Leader


Providing intimate details on a secret sex cult within the purported self-help group NXIVM, a woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to being a slave master took the stand Friday against her indicted former lover, Keith Raniere.

Hurricane Harvey Flooding Trial Testimony Wraps


For 13 years Eleonora Slovokhotova knew nothing of the danger lurking in her suburban Houston neighborhood, “a wonderful area, golf courses and happy smiling faces.” The intruder stole softly into living rooms one night in August 2017 after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the gates on two dams amid historic flooding.

Iowan Police, Fire Union Exception Is Constitutional


The Iowa Supreme Court Friday dismissed four lawsuits by state and local employee unions that argued the Iowa legislature violated their constitutional rights in a 2017 bill that substantially reduced their collective bargaining rights.

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The seal of the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the California courts. (Photo the Judicial Council of California via YouTube)

Legal Groups Decry Slow Pace of Court Reporter Mandate


Gray Wolves Find Rocky Footing in Usually Green Oregon

FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo, a gray wolf is seen at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.  (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Oregon wildlife commissioners, the recent recipients of a public “correction” by the governor on the state’s stance on removing wolves’ protection under the Endangered Species Act, said Friday they may allow wolf kills by private citizens at some point – even on public land.

Mongol Biker Club Fined $500,000 in Racketeering Case


A federal judge in California fined a notorious outlaw motorcycle group $500,000 Friday following conviction on federal racketeering charges, but kept in place an earlier decision to let the group keep their trademarked insignia worn on their backs.

Inmate Takes Fight for Vegan Prison Food to 11th Circuit


An attorney for a Muslim inmate who says his civil rights were violated when a Georgia prison refused to provide him with a vegan diet conforming to his religious beliefs asked an 11th Circuit panel Friday to reinstate his case.

Panel Asked to Overturn Rap Producer's Conviction


The attorney for a rap music producer convicted of drugs and firearms possession told the 11th Circuit on Friday that the government based its accusations against him on flimsy evidence including social media posts and text messages.

MGM May Pay $800 Million in Las Vegas Massacre Settlement


Casino giant MGM Resorts told federal regulators Thursday it might pay up to $800 million to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

Navy SEAL Gets 1 year in Brig for Hazing Death of Green Beret


A Navy SEAL was sentenced Thursday to one year in military prison on for his role in the 2017 hazing death of an Army Green Beret in Africa.

Officer Quits After Threatening Black Man Picking up Trash


A white Colorado police officer who pulled out his gun during a confrontation with a black man picking up trash around his dormitory resigned this week under an agreement that lets him collect $69,000 in salary despite violating department policies.


In this April 26, 2018, photo, a security guard stands near MINI cars displayed at the China Auto Show in Beijing. BMW Group and China's biggest SUV brand, Great Wall Motor, announced Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a partnership to produce electric MINI vehicles in China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Trump Delays Car Tariffs as Trade Standoff Intensifies


Newsom Touts Expanding Eligibility for Health Coverage

California Governor Gavin Newsom promotes a new health care plan that will expand coverage for low income families across the state. He joined a roundtable discussion at Los Angeles Southwest College on Friday, May 17, 2019. (Nathan Solis / CNS)

California Governor Gavin Newsom met with students at a South Los Angeles community college to ask them if they are afraid of losing their health insurance coverage, part of a statewide tour to promote new health care policy.

Suit Over Army Discharge of Noncitizen Soldiers Advances


A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss a class action from noncitizen soldiers who claim the Army summarily discharged them without either explanation or due process.

Courts Weigh Trump Plan to Tap Pentagon for Border Wall


President Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but first he must get past the courts.

Famed Architect I.M. Pei Dies at 102

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. (AP file photo/Steven Senne)

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.

Tesla Was on Autopilot in Second Fatal Crash


A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida on March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.

Voters Call Indiana Absentee Ballot Law Unconstitutional


Voters are challenging Indiana’s law that governs the process of determining the authenticity of signatures on absentee ballots by claiming that the flawed process has led to valid votes being thrown out.

F-16 Crashes Into SoCal Warehouse; No One Dies


A warehouse worker said he heard the deafening noise of an F-16 jet moments before it smashed through the roof of the building near a Southern California air base.


Same-sex marriage supporters cheer outside the Legislative Yuan on Friday in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan Becomes First Asian Nation to OK Same-Sex Marriage


Lost Your Passport in Austria? McDonald's to the Rescue

FILE - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, corporate signage hangs at a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. A McDonald’s promotion for free ice cream cones to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 16, 2017, went awry over a glitch with the fast food giant’s mobile app. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

In Austria, the fast-food chain McDonald’s has been recruited by the U.S. Embassy to come to the rescue of distressed American tourists who’ve lost a passport, cellphone or find themselves in some other traveler’s nightmare.

UK Heads Toward Brexit Deal or New Prime Minister


The United Kingdom’s great debate over Brexit is headed toward a dramatic new phase in the coming weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will step down if the House of Commons shoots down her divorce deal with the European Union one more time.

Facebook Busts Israel-Based Campaign to Disrupt Elections

In this March 26, 2018 photo, a man poses for photos in front of a computer showing Facebook ad preferences pages in San Francisco. Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in several countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

Some Mix-Up: $5,760 Bottle of Wine Served by Mistake


A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a $5,760 bottle of red wine.

Council of Europe Clears Way for Russia to Vote Again


The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent’s main human rights body following a spat related to its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Coin Toss Settles Rare Philippine Election Tie


Philippine election officials settled a rare tie in a mayoral race on Friday by tossing a coin.

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.