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Mueller Probe Ties Roger Stone to Russia, WikiLeaks

By TIM RYAN & BRITAIN EAKIN

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office told a federal judge Friday it has evidence Roger Stone communicated with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the likely pseudonym for a group of Russian military officials accused of conspiring to hack and release information damaging to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller Seeks Up to 24 Years in Prison in Manafort Virginia Case

By MARTIN MACIAS JR.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort should spend between 19 and 24 years in prison for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges, prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday.

New Court Transcripts Reveal Manafort Lies to Special Counsel

By JON PARTON

Partially redacted transcripts from Paul Manafort’s hearing in Washington, D.C. Wednesday were released Friday, showing the federal judge’s doubt of many of Manafort’s claims, including his relationship with his Russian partner.

Trump Declares Emergency for Wall

By TIM RYAN

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday, a move that will let him pour $8 billion into construction of a wall along the southern border.

Trump Emergency Declaration Faces Fights in the Courts

Judge Blasts Census Citizenship Question

By MARIA DINZEO

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday announcement that it will decide whether the 2020 census can ask a citizenship question, a federal judge in San Francisco blasted what he called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ disingenuous reasoning for including it.

High Court Picks Up Battle Over Census Citizenship Question

Rising Seas Already Costing Coastal Businesses Millions

By NATHAN SOLIS

Coastal flooding from high tides and storm surges has drastically increased over the last 30 years due to climate change and a new study published Friday finds some communities are already paying the price.

10th Circuit Upholds Right to Free the Nipple in Colorado

By AMANDA PAMPURO

Women can bare their nipples in Fort Collins, Colorado without fear of prosecution, the Tenth Circuit affirmed on Friday.

Justice Department Sued for Targeting Online Lotto Sales

By ZACK HUFFMAN

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and his state’s lottery commission sued the Department of Justice on Friday over a recent regulatory change that would bar the sale of lottery tickets online.

LA Neighborhoods Gain Ground in War on Oil Wells

By NATHAN SOLIS

Ashley Hernandez often woke up with a bloody nose as a child. Her parents thought it was heat related, but she also had the same constant headaches and breathing problems as other students at her school in the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington.

Case of Diseased Organic Dairy Cows Moves Forward

By MATTHEW RENDA

A lawsuit may shed light on the scurrilous underbelly of organic dairy enterprises, with a federal judge advancing a case by a dairy farm claiming a cattle breeder in Tennessee poisoned its herd with disease.

Judge Likely to Order Release of LAPD Records

By MARTIN MACIAS JR.

A California judge indicated Friday that he will likely decline a Los Angeles police union’s request to shield police misconduct records subject to unsealing under a new state law.

Lawsuit Recounts One Ferrari's Long and Winding Road

By KEVIN KOENINGER

Pinin Farina designed just five Ferrari 375 Plus race cars to compete in the 1954 World Sports Car Championship. Many decades years later, one that had been left inexplicably to rust away in an open lot outside Cincinnati wound up stolen, exported to Belgium, restored and finally sold at auction in 2014 for more than £10 million.

Fired Illinois Man Fatally Shoots 5 Workers

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The frantic calls started pouring in at 1:24 p.m. A gunman was shooting people inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.

Far-Right Party Set to Rise as Spain Calls Elections

By CAIN BURDEAU

With his left-wing coalition government fractured over Catalonia’s drive for independence, Spain’s Socialist prime minister was forced Friday to call for a new general election in April.

Spain Launches New Push to Exhume Dictator Franco's Remains

Pakistan, India Set to Wrestle Over Spy Suspect

By MOLLY QUELL

India and Pakistan return to the International Court of Justice on Monday in their fight over the rights of a man Pakistan convicted and sentenced to death on espionage charges.

Ex-US Cardinal McCarrick Defrocked for Sex Abuse

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.

Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Benefits

By NICK RUMMELL
A memorial lies in the footprint of one of the World Trade Center's twin towers, destroyed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (William Dotinga/CNS)

As the 20-year milestone of 9/11 fast approaches, so too does the bottom of the coffers for funds for survivors and first responders killed or sickened during the terrorist attacks, fund officials are warning.

Feds Can't Withhold Grants From Sanctuary Cities

By EMILEE LARKIN

Rejecting an appeal by the Trump administration, the Third Circuit ruled Friday that the government punish so-called sanctuary cities by withhold federal grant money.

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ICE Stops Force Feeding Detainees on Hunger Strike

ERIK DE LA GARZA

Suspect in Police Shootout Tells Court He's a Prophet

NATHAN SOLIS

A man facing a murder charge over a deadly shootout with police in front of a neighborhood market last summer said in court Friday that he was a “prophet” sent by Jesus and smeared a brown substance on a glass partition, but a prosecutor said it was all an act to further delay court proceedings.

Houston Bondsmen Fight to Restore Bail for Misdemeanors

JAMES PALMER

A group of bail bond companies claim Harris County criminal court judges and the Harris County sheriff unconstitutionally changed bond requirements for individuals arrested on misdemeanor charges, threatening their business.

Lawsuit Means Chicago Obama Library Plan No Sure Thing

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

Kaepernick, Eric Reid Settle Collusion Claims With NFL

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Santa Clara, Calif. Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached settlements on their collusion lawsuits against the NFL, the league said Friday, Feb. 19, 2019.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion cases against the NFL.

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Fires rages during the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Benghazi Suspect Urges Judge to Dismiss Charges

BRITAIN EAKIN

Judge Tosses $900M Suit Over Greenpeace Pipeline Protests

LEVI LASS

A federal judge in North Dakota dismissed a $900 million racketeering and defamation lawsuit against environmental group Greenpeace by the company that built a nearly 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline across four states.

ICE Issues New Guidance on Petitions for Child Brides

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S., after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides had been approved.

Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Loses Challenge to Border Wall

ALEXANDRA JONES

Coinciding with drastic measures by the White House to build a wall on the southern border, a federal judge threw out a court challenge by a butterfly-conservation center whose 100-acre facility on the Rio Grande in South Texas stands in the way.

Fed Reports Small January Drop in US Industrial Output

BARBARA LEONARD
FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo a United Auto Workers assemblyman works on a 2018 Ford F-150 truck being assembled at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for December. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Hurt by an 8.8 percent plunge in the manufacturing of car and auto parts, American industrial production sank 0.6 percent in January, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

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A female polar bear watches the camera after its first examination by the animal doctors at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, on Feb. 14, 2019. The still-unnamed cub was born Dec. 1, 2018, at the zoo. (Steffen Freiling/Berlin Zoo)

Berlin Zoo Greets Female Baby Polar Bear in First Checkup

BARBARA LEONARD

UN Finds Spike in Sexual Violence in South Sudan

ADAM KLASFELD

For four months late last year in the so-called Unity State in South Sudan, soldiers raped women and girls more than daily, overwhelmingly in gangs. Some of the victims were children. No areas were safe. Authorities took little action.

Hackers Flock to Hunt for Cracks in Swiss E-Voting System

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A Swiss voter casts his vote leaves at a makeshift polling station as Swiss voters went to the polls to decide on a proposal to cap immigration to the Alpine republic, in the center of Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland’s groundbreaking online voting system — and potentially earn tens of thousands of dollars if they succeed.

EU Auto Group Observes Dip in Car Sales for January

BARBARA LEONARD

A downturn in Spain and Italy last month caused sales of new passenger cars across Europe to drop by 4.6 percent, a carmakers’ association for the region reported Friday.

Main Suspect in Sweden Royal Jewels Heist Confesses

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The main suspect in the theft of royal funeral artifacts from a Swedish cathedral confessed Friday to stealing them after his DNA was found on the items that were pulled out last week from a garbage bin north of Stockholm.

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.