CNS

Business closures and three-week lockdowns are headed for California counties experiencing hospital surges under new framework announced Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

by NICK CAHILL

by JACK RODGERS

A day after an anonymous data leak suggested delays to the decennial count already steeped in controversy, the Census Bureau made little effort Thursday to allay concern from lawmakers.

by BRANDI BUCHMAN

Scientists have conclusively settled a long-lived debate, finding in a study released Thursday that Paleolithic people migrating from ancient Taiwan to the Ryukyu Islands of southwestern Japan did so intentionally, not by coincidence.

by MADELINE REYES

An international team of researchers and astronomers released Thursday a host of new data on the positions and brightness of nearby stars, representing the largest ever stellar catalog of information for the Milky Way to date.

by CARSON MCCULLOUGH

On Thursday, Courthouse News, with the help of the Local Legal Initiative of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press, filed a motion to unseal Georgia Senator David Perdue’s deposition and other documents in litigation stemming from his time as CEO of Dollar General.

by DANIEL JACKSON

A Romanian taxi-hailing app is an information service, not a transportation company, and shouldn’t have been fined for not seeking regulatory approval, the EU’s highest court held Thursday. 

by MOLLY QUELL

Protecting the Planet

The toxin decimating the salmon population comes from a mix of chemicals that leach from automobile tires and drain into streams whenever it rains, according to new research.

by JASON SANDEFUR

Spain was reprimanded by a European magistrate on Thursday for not doing more to protect one of the continent’s largest nature reserves, a marshy delta in Spain’s dry southern region of Andalusia.

by CAIN BURDEAU

Spin TV

Fake news media manipulation. “Retrumplicans.” Just another night on prime time cable news.

by DUSTIN MANDUFFIE

Politics

President-elect Joe Biden appointed Brian Deese as a key economic adviser within his incoming administration, despite fierce opposition to Deese among some climate activists. 

by MATTHEW RENDA

Across the Nation

The Second Circuit appeared unwilling Thursday to intervene in the challenge of a Trump-instituted cap on how much state and local taxes taxpayers can deduct from their total taxable income. 

by JOSH RUSSELL

The Department of Justice brought a complaint Thursday claiming Facebook has discriminated against American workers vying for thousands of available jobs with the social media giant by reserving openings for temporary visa holders.

by BRANDI BUCHMAN

by JOE KELLY

by ERIKA WILLIAMS

Strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions fueled a 4,000-acre wildfire in Southern California on Thursday, prompting officials to evacuate residents from their homes to flee the rapidly moving blaze.

by MARTIN MACIAS JR.

Continuing a decade-long battle between federal prosecutors and victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex ring, an attorney for one victim asked the en banc 11th Circuit on Thursday for another chance to challenge a plea deal shielding the investment tycoon’s co-conspirators from criminal liability.

by KAYLA GOGGIN

by BIANCA BRUNO

A Wisconsin judge found there is probable cause that a 17-year-old claiming self-defense in the killing of two protesters committed murder and bound the teenager over for trial Thursday.

by JOE KELLY

Attorneys for the former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email about the warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page filed a sentencing memo Thursday asking for probation.

by MEGAN MINEIRO

The U.S. Department of Justice will not seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing three individuals at a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015.

by AMANDA PAMPURO

Rulings

by LORRAINE BAILEY

A federal judge denied class certification to a worldwide group of Fyre Festival attendees who didn’t get what they paid for when they arrived at the failed 2017 luxury music festival. Damages vary widely among the festivalgoers, and it cannot be shown that all attendees relied on the same allegedly fraudulent marketing statements when they purchased tickets or airfare.

The Fourth Circuit  halted construction of a pipeline in West Virginia in a Clean Water Act suit filed by the Sierra Club, finding that the pipeline project does not qualify to be governed by a nationwide permit. Rather, the pipeline company must go through the more arduous individual Clean Water Act permitting process.

The Arizona Supreme Court revived the state attorney general’s suit against the Arizona Board of Regents over subsidizing in-state university tuition for DACA recipients. The attorney general “is entitled to prove that, in providing in-state tuition on behalf of students who were unlawfully present, ABOR illegally expended funds beyond the amount of tuition collected.”

A federal judge dismissed tort claims stemming from a FedEx driver’s alleged assault of a business owner after he complained about damage to a package containing Star Wars replica merchandise.

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a high-profile GOP fundraiser’s claim that Qatar used “electronic warfare” in a campaign to discredit him and disrupt defense contracting deals. Qatar is entitled to sovereign immunity for injuries stemming from its alleged hiring of hackers to illegally access the man’s computer.

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Hot Cases

Chance the Rapper’s former manager claims in Illinois state court he is still owed an unspecified amount of money after being fired when the musician’s most recent album and tour flopped.

At 339, Allegheny County’s use last year of a restraint chair on pretrial detainees “was almost four times more per capita than all other jails in Pennsylvania,” according to a federal complaint by three women with mental or physical disabilities who were jailed ahead of trial.

A New York City restaurant chain called The Meatball Shop brought a federal trademark suit against “Jersey Shore” stars Snooki and Deena, who have begun to market the nickname that recognizes their highly tanned and curvy petite frames.

An artist whose murals at Vermont Law School depict the state’s efforts to help free slaves leading up to the Civil War is suing the school for painting over his work at the demand of students who found the murals offensive.

The Chinese government announced Tuesday that its Chang’e 5 robot probe landed on the moon where it will collect lunar rocks to bring back to Earth.

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Places

A coastal breeze nudges wispy clouds through an otherwise azure sky late on an August 2020 day at Bodega Dunes Beach in Sonoma Coast State Park. The park spans approximately 17 miles from Jenner in the north to Bodega Head in the south, and features sandy beaches, rocky shoreline and inland coastal prairie habitat. (Courthouse News photo / Chris Marshall)