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Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Attempts to pause hostilities in Gaza came as Israel fired the opening salvos in what could become a devastating offensive against the southern city of Rafah.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are assisting in the investigation into widespread cell phone outages that affected tens of thousands of people Thursday.

by Nolan Stout

Proposition 1 would require counties to spend such funding in different ways while also reducing local funds and adding new sanctions. That’s a key reason why one county is opposing the measure.

by Alan Riquelmy

Workers in the agricultural sector worry that a high tax would hurt their competitiveness in the EU and cost thousands of jobs.

by Mie Olsen

The landing was one mission in NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative, through which the space agency is embracing the privatization of space exploration.

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The drought afflicting the western Mediterranean is particularly bad in Catalonia, where restrictions on swimming pools, car washing and irrigation are in place.

by Cain Burdeau

“We’ve come a long way,” one expert said. “There’s a lot of benefit sitting in the last six weeks of precipitation."

by Natalie Hanson

A bright orange ring around a blue gas cloud in space.

It has long been theorized that Earth's most famous supernova left behind a black hole or neutron star.

by David Wells

EU by the Numbers

EU inflation has gradually eased since peaking at 11.5% in October 2022.

by Amanda Pampuro

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Courts & the Law

Two members of the Supreme Court appear to be using alternative security services, putting their off-the-bench activities outside of the public view.

by Kelsey Reichmann

In his preliminary order, U.S. District Judge Andrew Schopler found the law likely violates the Commerce Clause.

by Sam Ribakoff

The prosecutor called the defense's theory that the two young boys were hit by another car first "physically, mathematically impossible."

by Hillel Aron

Rioter pushing a police officer's riot shield in the midst of a crowd of rioters and officers.

“You’re obviously someone who likes to stir things up and get a reaction out of people," a federal judge said after Brian Mock asked for more time behind bars than his defense attorney suggested.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Mexico sued five Arizona-based gun stores in 2022, accusing them of aiding the trafficking of military-style weapons across the southern border.

by Joe Duhownik

A Sinaloa cartel-linked former Honduran mayor testified under a cooperation deal that Juan Orlando Hernández allowed and accommodated truckloads of cocaine through Honduras in exchange for millions of dollars in campaign contributions from drug cartels.

by Josh Russell

Alexander Smirnov was arrested anew after a magistrate judge on Tuesday had let him out of jail on his own recognizance.

by Edvard Pettersson

The North Carolina Supreme Court is rehearing a landmark education case for the fifth time, after GOP leaders' push to avoid paying for additional resources at underfunded public schools.

by Sydney Haulenbeek

In response to a state Supreme Court decision protecting frozen embryos from so-called wrongful death, legislators have come out in defense of the procedure.

by Gabriel Tynes

Virginia is a national outlier, accounting for over 90% of documented dog attacks in a six-year period.

by Joe Dodson

Around the Nation

The high court’s order prevents a pause on the largest sexual abuse compensation fund in the history of the United States.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Planned Parenthood's lawsuit is the second the Wisconsin Supreme Court is being asked to consider over a 1849 statute.

by Joe Kelly

Tim Burke is accused of leaking unaired footage from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show.

by Erik Uebelacker

Environmentalists say the feds' plan to restore two areas burned in fires in 2020 and 2021 will put nearby wildlife and threatened species at serious risk.

by Natalie Hanson

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, who campaigned on removing cops from schools, gave the board the green light to terminate its $10.3 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

by Caitlyn Rosen

A full Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii's 1993 ban on use of butterfly knives and agreed to take on an appeal of another decision that said the knife falls under the Second Amendment.

by Candace Cheung

While politicians and parents vie for more control over school curriculum, most teachers say they're being completely left out of the conversation.

by Amanda Pampuro

The disgraced singer is currently serving two combined prison sentences for convictions in Chicago and New York.

by Dave Byrnes

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

The Ninth Circuit upheld a California federal court’s approval of a $90 million settlement between Meta Platforms and a class of its users, who say Meta tracked their online activities without consent. The court properly applied the percentage-of-the-fund method in approving the proposed attorney fees of $26.1 million.

The National Labor Relations Board found in favor of a Home Depot employee who was fired for refusing to remove the hand-drawn phrase “Black Lives Matter” from his work apron. The National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ right to conduct “concerted activities” for the purpose of “mutual aid or protection,” and because his wearing the BLM logo was a “logical outgrowth” of prior employee protests about race discrimination at the business and racial discrimination constituted mutual protection, his behavior was protected under the law.

A federal court in Louisiana granted summary judgment to the Small Business Administration and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on an oil field service company’s lawsuit brought against them under the CARES Act. The company was ineligible for the over $2.5 million it received as a pandemic business loan, the SBA owes it a maximum loan forgiveness amount of just under $700,000, and the company’s interpretation of the law would allow “double dipping,” i.e. allowing businesses and their contractors to count the same amounts twice in their loans.

A federal court in Washington, D.C., approved a $14 million class settlement between SunTrust Bank and Black financial advisors who say they were assigned to branches with less opportunity, and were held back from working on lucrative client accounts, due to their race.

A federal court in Nashville found in favor of the company that manages the estate of late composer Jay Livingston, who wrote Silver Bells among other mid-20th century hits. The court dismissed a declaratory judgment action against the company over the validity of certain copyright termination notices; the suing descendant of Livingston failed to state a claim that the termination notices were defective or invalid.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Former U.S. Representative George Santos says Jimmy Kimmel tricked him into recording personalized videos that the late-night host then aired in violation of copyright, including one where Santos congratulated a woman named Brenda for "successfully cloning your beloved schnauzer, Adolf," and another praising a man for eating 6 pounds of loose ground beef in 30 minutes.

Joshua Holt, an American missionary who was kidnapped and held hostage in Venezuela for two years, says in a Florida lawsuit that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro conspired with cartels to hold him and his family hostage while accusing him of being a CIA plant. Holt says he and his wife were tortured and the ordeal caused the death of his mother.

Social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat created a youth mental health crisis, according to the city of New York in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County court.

Top hotel chains including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and Loews are engaging in price fixing by sharing data about room occupancy and rates among themselves, plaintiffs say in a class action. They argue that Smith Travel Research's information sharing is anti-competitive, violates the Sherman Act and unfairly drives up prices.

An aircraft manufacturer is responsible for a defective helicopter that crashed off the coast of Kauai and killed four Navy sailors after an attachment bolt became disconnected during the flight, their families say in a pair of lawsuits.

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