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The ruling comes just days after Trump’s legal team asked to toss the entire case, calling state prosecutors “uneducated” about the real estate business.

by Erik Uebelacker

Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple's most popular products, defended Apple's decision to make Google the default search engine on Safari browsers, calling it the best product available.

by Ryan Knappenberger

One of the rarest whales and marine mammals in the world is set to receive critical habitat expansions in Alaska.

by Alanna Mayham

The narrative in documents handed over on Monday looked more like the previous administration’s debunked version known as the “historical truth,” families of the victims said.

by Cody Copeland

The bills levy a new tax on the gun industry, will require semiautomatic weapons be capable of microstamping bullets and change who can have a concealed-carry permit and where firearms are prohibited.

by Alan Riquelmy

Alabama’s emergency application asked the high court to intervene for a second time in the state’s battle over giving Black voters more representation in its congressional maps.

by Kelsey Reichmann

President Joe Biden’s son has become a focus for conservatives, particularly those closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, who believe that Hunter Biden’s legal woes are a sign of wider corruption within the Biden family.

by Ryan Knappenberger & Amanda Pampuro

Courts & the Law

Amazon used "punitive and coercive tactics" to hold down monopolies, the U.S. government claims, though it stopped short of seeking to break up the company.

by Nolan Stout

Donald Trump's defense team framed the order as an attempt to disadvantage the likely Republican nominee following one recent poll showing him leading Joe Biden by 10 percentage points.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Walt Nauta is accused of helping Donald Trump hide dozens of boxes of classified materials at the Florida resort last summer.

by Steve Garrison

Defense attorney Bruce Feder told the jury that Carl Ferrer, former CEO of the classified ads company under fire for facilitating prostitution, is lying in order to avoid prison time.

by Joe Duhownik

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The South Caucasus has been plunged into a humanitarian disaster and escalating tensions after Azerbaijan launched a military attack and seized Nagorno-Karabakh, forcing the ethnic Armenian population to flee.

by Cain Burdeau

The unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2016 left hundreds dead and thousands jailed, many of whom are now contesting their convictions.

by Molly Quell

Around the Nation

A conservative nonprofit sued an Atlanta-based venture capital firm founded by Black women, arguing its grant program is discriminatory.

by Megan Butler

The $75 million settlement announced Tuesday resolves an enforcement action from the U.S. Virgin Islands, which accused the bank of processing over $1 billion in transactions related to Epstein.

by Josh Russell

Challengers counted the ban as one among 145 bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights introduced in the Republican-majority Texas Legislature this year.

by Cameron Langford


by Daniel Conrad

A federal court in New York granted Hobby Lobby’s motion to transfer its fraud and contract claims against an antiquities dealer to the Western District of Oklahoma. The dealer allegedly sold the retailer several stolen pieces of ancient Egyptian papyri; because the purchase was arranged in Oklahoma City, and this is where the primary witnesses live, transfer is approved.

A federal judge found a school district did not violate a school board member's rights by firing her after discovering her history of creating and promoting homophobic, transphobic and anti-critical race theory content on TikTok. Supervisors’ comments that they found her content “disgusting” and “a ball of hate” does not show that her firing was motivated by mere disagreement with her posts, but were explicitly connected to the posts’ impact on student learning.

A federal judge dismissed trademark suit against AMC over the network's depiction in its show "Better Call Saul" of a crooked tax preparation service called "Sweet Liberty Tax Services,” filed by the real Liberty Tax Service. To the extent the TV show used the tax service's marks, they were used in furtherance of the show's plot, highlighting the use of patriotic imagery to hide the characters' tawdry crimes.

A federal judge dismissed copyright claims against the rapper Ginwuine's brought by the co-author of a soul single "Help Me Put Out The Flame (In My Heart)", alleging that the rapper used the introduction to his song in two songs "Paper Chase," and "Toe 2 Toe." The three-bar guitar riff is substantially similar to prior works in the public domain, and subtle rhythmic differences are not enough to merit copyright protection.

A federal judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would enjoin the State of Washington from enforcing its 2022 law banning the sale of gun magazines with the capacity to hold more than 10 rounds. The gun owners failed to show that they are likely to prove that the Second Amendment covers large capacity magazines.

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Darryl George's school district is discriminating against him because of his dreadlocks, in violation of his civil rights and the CROWN Act, which aims to prohibit race-based hair bias, according to a suit filed against the Texas governor and attorney general in federal court.

Republican U.S. representatives and other New York politicians claim a mail-in voting law violates the state Constitution, which says voters must cast ballots in person unless they are ill, disabled or out of town, according to a suit filed at the Albany County Supreme Court.

Westlake Corp. has polluted surface and groundwater and caused subsidence near the Sulphur Mines Salt Dome, damaging properties and the environment, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

The government transparency watchdog group American Oversight is suing a “secret panel” formed by Wisconsin House speaker Robin Vos to investigate the possibility of impeaching state Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz if she refuses to recuse herself from lawsuits seeking to toss voting maps drawn by the Republican legislature.

The group behind the U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately gutted affirmative action in college admissions now claims West Point should not be able to consider race when admitting cadets.

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