Jury Enters Day 2 of Deliberations for Manafort Trial


Heading into a second day of deliberations Friday, Paul Manafort’s jury is learning quickly that the presiding judge has few indulgences for them.

Special Counsel Recommends Papadopoulos Sentence

NSA Leaker Makes Espionage Distinction in Sentencing Memo


Jailed for a over year since her leak of a classified intelligence report, Reality Winner faces sentencing next week for a crime that has led some to hail her bravery and others to brand her a traitor.

Plan to Reunite Kids, Deported Parents OK'd


A federal judge Friday approved a joint plan by the Justice Department and American Civil Liberties Union to reunify parents who were deported without their kids under the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, though whether they will be allowed to return to the United States to seek asylum remains in limbo.

Judge Orders Halt to Deportation of Families

DC Ban on Issue Ads Faces Renewed Fight


Beltway-area transit officials will have to show that they had a legitimate basis to ban issue-based advertising after the D.C. Circuit sided 2-1 Friday with a group whose rejected ad depicted a sword-wielding cartoon of a Muslim with a “You Can’t Draw Me” speech bubble.

Media Sue Maryland Over Election Ad Law


The Washington Post and seven other newspapers sued Maryland Friday over the state’s implementation of a law requiring greater disclosure about the buyers of online political ads.

German tourists Stephanie Schultz, left, photographs Kai Rudolph, right, along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley as smoke from the Ferguson Fire hangs in the air Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The heart of Yosemite National Park, where throngs of tourists are awe-struck by cascading waterfalls and towering granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome, will be closed as firefighters try to corral a huge wildfire just to the west that has cast a smoky pall and threatened the park's forest, officials said Tuesday. The closure is expected to last through Sunday. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Other Woes May Distract California Voters From Environment


In the upcoming election, Californians must confront a panoply of issues affecting the state: the homelessness epidemic and affordable housing, immigration, transportation and a tempestuous relationship with the Trump administration. But where does the environment fit into the glut of issues facing the state and its electorate?

Forum Sparks Debate on California Policy, Spending


Trade Wars Are Easy to Blow


Throughout history trade goods have flowed to the country with the highest standard of living, for the simple reason that they can pay more for it — whatever it is. So the rich country, in this way, has a “trade deficit” with poorer countries. Is that bad for the rich country, and a reason to punish the poor countries? No, it is not.

Color Evolution Leads to Better Survival for Moths


Moths that have evolved to be a paler color are less likely to be eaten than the darker moths that have adapted to air pollution, a British study found.

The peppered moth as it looked before the Industrial Revolution and also now that clean-air laws have improved pollution in the United Kingdom. (Olaf Leillinger via Wikipedia)

After Two-Year Delay, Army Vet Granted Citizenship


After suing the federal government over a nearly two-year delay in her naturalization process, a South Korean-born U.S Army veteran received notice Friday that she was granted citizenship.

Jefferson Airplane Star Says Hospital Disabled Him


Short half a tongue and a thumb after a hellish hospital stay, a co-founder of the legendary rock band Jefferson Airplane brought a federal complaint Thursday against the doctors he says ended his ability to continue performing.

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Sessions Slams Rulings Against Trump Policies


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told judges and lawyers Friday at an Eighth Circuit conference in Iowa that courts should get out of the way and let the executive branch do its job.

Judge Reinstates Obama-Era Clean Water Rules

New Conservation Plan Filed for Rare Texas Lizard


Texas’ chief tax collector released an updated conservation plan this week that it hopes will help better protect the rare dunes sagebrush lizard that lives in the heart of the oil-rich Permian Basin in west Texas.

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Feds Must Take New Look at Protecting Montana Fish


The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service incorrectly denied endangered listing to a cold-water fish living in the Upper Missouri River Basin in Montana.

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Martin Shkreli arrives at federal court in New York, for the fifth day of deliberations at his securities fraud trial on Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Shkreli Lawyer Gets 18-Month Sentence for Ponzi-Like Fraud


Diet Supplement Maker Fight With Feds Hits 11th Circuit


Attorneys for a dietary supplement manufacturer asked the 11th Circuit on Friday to overturn a district court ruling which found that the U.S. government rightfully seized $2.2 million worth of a supplement ingredient.

Judge Advances Suit Over Public Access to California Executions


California cannot dodge a lawsuit claiming it enacted unconstitutional rules to hide the most gruesome parts of inmate executions from the public, a federal judge ruled Friday.

NYU Doctor Prevails on Appeal in Life-Support Case


Affirming an order to pull a mentally disabled octogenarian off life support, an appeals court ruled Thursday that the patient’s prior capacity to make health care decisions had little bearing on the case.

Texas Doctor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault of Patient


A Texas jury on Thursday convicted a doctor for sexually assaulting a heavily sedated patient in 2013, not buying his defense lawyers’ claims that the victim had seduced him to make her husband jealous and get a legal settlement.


Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee at Phoenix Comicon in 2014. (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

Judge Grants Stan Lee Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager


Trump Tweets on Canceled Parade Clash With Top General


Hours after reports of a $92 million price tag earned derision from his top general, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that the estimate for his now-canceled military parade was “ridiculously high.”

Pew: Dems More Politically Active Ahead of Midterms


Members of both major political parties agree that November’s midterm election is very important, but Democratic voters are more fired up than Republicans this cycle, the Pew Research Center reported Thursday.

US Officials: Ex-IS Fighter Accepted in US as Refugee


An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration’s criticism of the resettlement program’s vetting process.

Police Work to Stop Overdoses After 76 Fall Ill

One of three simultaneous drug overdose victims is treated on the New Haven Green, a city park in New Haven, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Investigators try to determine exactly what sickened the victims. People started falling ill Wednesday morning, mostly on the New Haven Green. No deaths were reported. Police have arrested a man who they say may have passed out free samples of synthetic marijuana. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people’s homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital.


Indonesian Siti Aisyah, center, is escorted by police as she leaves after court hearing at Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on Aug. 16, 2018. Malaysian court has ordered her to enter a defense over the murder of north Korean leader’s half brother in a brazen assassination that has gripped the world. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

Women to Testify on Conspiracy to Kill Kim With VX


Vatican in 'Shame and Sorrow' Over Abuses in Pennsylvania


The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.”

Spain Marks A Year Since Terror Attacks Killed 16 in Catalonia


Barcelona on Friday marked the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people, though the divisive local issue of whether to pursue the region’s independence from Spain intruded on the proceedings in the Catalan capital.

Merkel, Putin Share a Headache: Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend May 18, 2018, news conference after their meeting at Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Merkel and Putin will meet on Saturday in the German government's guesthouse Meseberg, north of Berlin, on Aug. 18, 2018. The topics will include the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, and energy questions. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders.

US Threatens More Sanctions, Keeping Alive Turkish Crisis

Colombian City Urges Break From Sex to Fight Heat Wave


Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex.

Saudi Arabia Says It's Given $100 Million to Northeast Syria


Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilization projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.

In Brief

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.