CNS

The Gulf Coast is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Zeta, which is expected to make landfall Wednesday night as a Category 1 hurricane in what has been an unprecedented hurricane season.

by SABRINA CANFIELD

Two intense wind-driven wildfires continued to burn out of control near Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, prompting 90,000 to flee their homes and severely injuring a pair of firefighters attempting to quell one of the blazes.  

by MATTHEW RENDA

Finding a meteorite is no small feat. Finding one in pristine condition — with extraterrestrial organic compounds intact — is a scientific jackpot.

by AMANDA PAMPURO

Moments before sentencing Keith Raniere to over a century in prison Tuesday, a federal judge rebuked the former sex cult leader’s lawyer for arguing his client deserved a lesser sentence because “we’re sentencing on his perspective.” 

by NINA PULLANO

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom Monday, kicking off a second set of hearings into her abuse of process allegations against Canadian law enforcement during an arrest at the behest of the U.S. government.

by DARRYL GREER

Decision 2020

With polls showing Georgia has a shot of voting for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992, Joe Biden visited the Peach State on Tuesday for a pair of rallies to fire up voters a week before Election Day.

by AIMEE SACHS

Virginia Democrats have filed suit against an elections official in Richmond for not handing over a list of rejected absentee ballots, which the party hopes to use to notify voters so they can file a corrected ballot by next week’s deadline.    

by ALEX PICKETT

Columns

Put on your Q hats. To stop a conspiracy theory, our columnist advises going to the source, or better yet becoming it.

by MILT POLICZER

Health

Despite a statewide uptick in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, California officials on Tuesday gave seven counties the green light to further their reopening efforts.

by NICK CAHILL

Employees who use medical marijuana to cope with a work-related injury can’t get reimbursed for it through workers’ compensation, Massachusetts’ highest court held Tuesday. 

by THOMAS F. HARRISON

European Courts

Europe’s top human rights courts held Tuesday that Turkey was wrong to fine a leading opposition politician for criticizing the country’s strongman ruler.

An adviser to the EU’s top court rejected claims from the Lufthansa airline that Germany granted improper state aid by financing an airport to the tune of $59 million.

by MOLLY QUELL

Across the Nation

Donald Trump cannot deploy the Department of Justice to shield him from a defamation suit brought by rape accuser E. Jean Carroll, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

by JOSH RUSSELL

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of West Philadelphia overnight to protest police officers’ fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Black man earlier Monday.

by ALEXANDRA JONES

by TRAVIS BUBENIK

A state judge sided with Virginia’s governor Tuesday in a case challenging his authority to remove a 120-year-old monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the capital city, but the statue will stay in place while the appeals process plays out. 

by BRAD KUTNER

by BRANDI BUCHMAN

In a 5-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to extend the deadline for when mail-in ballots could be received in Wisconsin.

by JACK RODGERS

Cleaning up the abandoned Exide battery recycling plant in Los Angeles County will cost California taxpayers nearly $400 million dollars in addition to other costs the state has already paid and the regulatory agency in charge is woefully behind schedule, the state auditor found.

by NATHAN SOLIS

Tired of what she says are harassing phone calls over a contract she says is unenforceable, a San Francisco Bay Area woman has hit a bail industry leader with a first-of-its-kind consumer class action.

by MARIA DINZEO

Rulings

by KELSEY JUKAM

The Ninth Circuit vacated a preliminary injunction barring private prison company GEO Group from accepting or transferring immigration detainees in or out of its facilities in McFarland, California, finding the lower court “abused its discretion in finding a likelihood of irreparable harm.”

A federal court in California dismissed gun owners’ complaint over Covid-19-related orders, which closed gun stores as they were not deemed to be “essential businesses,” finding the orders are temporary, do not “specifically target” gun-related activities for restriction and do not categorically ban firearms.

As Wisconsin’s Covid-19 cases surge, an appeals court in the state stayed Governor Tony Evers’ limits on public gatherings pending an appeal. The gatherings order limited bars, restaurants and other businesses to 25% of their capacity. 

A California appeals court revived negligence claims against entertainment company Live Nation brought by the family of a 19-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose at the 2015 Hard Summer Music Festival. Live Nation challenged the family’s contention that the girl would have survived had appropriate medical care been readily available, but the company did not offer any supporting evidence.

In a trademark dispute over a tea company’s use of the name and likeness of Yogi Bhajan, a Sikh spiritual leader who helped bring Kundalini yoga to mainstream America, the Ninth Circuit found that the lower court set a proper bond amount to protect Bhajan’s widow’s potential future damages award.

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Hot Cases

A schoolteacher who was charged with hitting one of the 9-year-olds in her science class with a book brought a malicious prosecution suit on Tuesday, saying her reputation remains in tatters despite having been exonerated of any crime.

Two northeast Wisconsin counties filed an emergency petition with the state’s high court asking for an order allowing election clerks to fix printing errors on thousands of defective, returned mail-in ballots so they can be counted by tabulating machines.  

A group of “special federal voters” who reside in Israel but are eligible to vote in New York sued the New York State Board of Elections over its rules requiring applications for voting registration to be postmarked by Oct. 9 and received by Oct. 14, but also requiring overseas voters to submit e-mailed registration applications by the Oct. 9 postmark deadline. 

The family of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in the custody of Williamson County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies in 2019 sued the county, alleging its officers were encouraged to “perform their jobs recklessly to produce more ‘entertaining’ video” for reality television program Live PD. Body camera footage showed that as officers restrained him, Ambler repeatedly told them: “I can’t breathe.”

The Republican Party of New Mexico is seeking an injunction to require ballot drop boxes to comply with secure-container security requirements and be “continuously, directly monitored by at least two bipartisan election officials during polling hours.”

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A dry meadow near the east shore of Lake Tahoe. (Courthouse News photo / William Dotinga)