A Texas federal judge ruled Friday night that the Affordable Care Act is invalid due to last year’s tax cuts removing the individual mandate tax penalty, handing Republican critics their largest victory yet against the controversial law.
By JOE KELLY
Outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed three bills Friday giving more power to the Republican-controlled Legislature and weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.
By ADAM KLASFELD
Some seven months before Michael Cohen’s three-year prison sentence, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted out a report accusing President Donald Trump’s former “fixer” of committing bank fraud. Now that Cohen has admitted to that charge in court – and making illegal hush money payments to Daniels – Avenatti exuded his characteristic confidence in a telephone interview sharing his next set of predictions.
By JAMIE ROSS
Positioning the governor to appoint a second successor to the late Senator John McCain, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona announced Friday he will resign at the end of the year.
By ERIKA WILLIAMS
Amid an ongoing investigation surrounding the still undecided 9th Congressional District race, the focus in North Carolina has shifted to whether the apparent Republican winner knew about fraudulent activity that may have been connected to his campaign.
By KAYLA GOGGIN
Attorneys for Alabama asked an 11th Circuit panel Friday to overturn a federal judge’s refusal to dismiss an NAACP lawsuit claiming the state’s method of electing judges is unfair to black voters.
By JOSH RUSSELL
Civil rights attorneys applauded a federal judge Friday for refusing to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the U.S. government of subjecting passengers on a domestic Delta Airlines to an illegal search.
By NICHOLAS IOVINO
The U.S. Department of Education is relying on a “funny argument” to defend its rollback of an Obama-era rule that would require online schools to warn incoming students about the quality of their programs, a federal judge said in court Friday.
By MARIA DINZEO
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown had some harsh words for world leaders at the United Nations Climate Conference in Poland, which wrapped up Friday.
By ROBERT KAHN
Sorry about all the typos. Fortunately, I start work each day at 3 a.m. I know what you’re thinking: “What’s fortunate about that?” It’s because it allowed me to edit and update this news page on Monday before WordPress “improved” the program with which the page is posted: A Day That Will Live in Infamy.
By MATTHEW RENDA
In no uncertain terms, members of the California Coastal Commissioner put property owners in a wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles on notice that their days of blocking the public from accessing an 8-mile stretch of pristine coast will soon be over.
By NICK RUMMELL
The library at Princeton University boasts some of the rarest and most obscure religious manuscripts in the world. And according to a federal complaint filed Thursday by the Eastern Orthodox Church, it also houses four holy texts from the Byzantine era that were looted from a small monastery during World War I.
By EMILEE LARKIN
Shedding new light on old research about how young pregnancy can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, the National Institute of Health reported Friday that such benefits do not appear to kick in for several decades.
By ERIKA WILLIAMS
Quoting Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” the Fourth Circuit spoke for the trees Thursday by scrapping a key federal permit for a planned section of a natural gas pipeline crossing 21 miles of national forest in Virginia, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.
By NICHOLAS IOVINO
A lawsuit claiming the Trump administration used a false motive to justify adding a census question that could weaken the political power of Democratic strongholds must go to trial next month, a federal judge ruled Friday.
By BARBARA LEONARD
Four years after it questioned the basis for an asset freeze against Hamas, the European General Court reversed course Friday, saying American decisions hold no sway but that EU lawmakers were entitled to rely on the findings of a U.K. official.
By CATHY VALENTI
The largest provider of reproductive health services in Idaho filed a federal lawsuit against the state Friday, claiming that Idaho’s physician-only law banning advanced practice clinicians from performing abortion services presents an undue burden on women seeking abortions and is “out of step with the State’s treatment of comparable health services and medically unjustified.”
By ALEXANDRA JONES
A month to the day that six television networks settled similar charges, Nexstar Media Group struck a deal Thursday to resolve antitrust concerns by U.S. regulators.
By DON DeBENEDICTIS
A federal jury Thursday convicted the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering for more than a decade. The verdict allows prosecutors to try to seize ownership of the club’s trademarked patch that members wear on their vests.
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A federal judge on Thursday dismissed libel claims against Paramount Pictures brought by a former financial executive who argued the Leonardo DiCaprio-led movie “Wolf of Wall Street” falsely portrayed him as a “criminal, a drug user and a degenerate.”
The Houston Police Department won’t have the manpower to investigate home burglaries and car wrecks if the cash-strapped city is forced to lay off hundreds of officers to help finance a voter-approved pay raise for firefighters, the police chief testified Friday.
Gutting a federal class action accusing Alameda County and a private contractor of charging inmates on pretrial detention exorbitant daily fees for ankle monitors, a federal judge on Friday dropped the county from the case and advanced just one racketeering claim.
Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than $16.3 million between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.
The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in federal custody last week after crossing the U.S. border into New Mexico.
Fighting protests over the president’s 2016 financial disclosures, a lawyer for the Justice Department used just five minutes of his allotted time Friday to request that the D.C. Circuit affirm dismissal of the case.
On the heels of Maria Butina’s admission that she was spying for Russia when she enrolled in a U.S. grad school, defense attorneys agreed Friday to withdraw their subpoena of American University.
Fighting for the visas his clients were denied in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a lawyer for four Yemenis and Iranians faced grim odds at the D.C. Circuit on Friday.
The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.
British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a rescue mission for her ailing Brexit deal Friday, after the European Union rebuffed her request to sweeten the divorce agreement so she can win over hostile lawmakers at home.
The insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, for $2.26 billion in damages, a Berlin court said Friday.
A Sri Lankan lawmaker says disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis.
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.