Undecided Voters Key to Georgia Governor Race


Early, in-person voting began Monday in Georgia where Republican Brian Kemp, currently Georgia’s secretary of state, and Democrat Stacey Abrams are vying to succeed Nathan Deal as the next governor.

Century-Old Direct Democracy Now a 'Pay-to-Play' System in Calif.


Ahead of Election Day, airwaves and mailboxes across California overflow with expensive campaign advertisements. On top of choosing elected officials, California voters – not lawmakers – will once again decide things like constitutional amendments, $50 billion tax hikes and obscure labor union disputes.

Accused Russian Spy Presses Feds for Arrest Docs, Other Records

Mariia Butina in Moscow, in a photo she posted to Facebook in October 2013.

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina on Sunday filed a letter requesting the government turn over criminal records, arrest reports and details on witnesses prosecutors might use to build their case against her.

‘Treason’ Allegation Marks Debate in Arizona US Senate Race


Republican candidate Martha McSally called her Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema a supporter of “treason” Monday night in the only debate between the two for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Defrauded Students Win Class Certification in Lawsuit Against Devos


More than 100,000 students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges can team up to sue Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era rules that provided full debt forgiveness, a federal judge ruled Monday.


Can the Center Hold? Bavarian Elections Leave EU Politics Even More Uncertain


Bavarian voters did what they were expected to do Sunday: They dealt German’s ruling “grand coalition” of conservatives and Social Democrats a resounding defeat at the polls. It’s a defeat that casts doubt on the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s political lodestar.

Italy Targets Town That Welcomes Asylum-Seekers


Excessive Fines


So what exactly is an excessive fine? Is it an exact amount or does it differ depending on who has to pay it? The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution says excessive fines shall not be imposed. What does that mean?

Climate Change Could Put Crimp in Global Beer Supply


The global supply of beer could be the next victim of climate change, according to a study published Monday in Nature Plants.

DeLorean Barred From 'Back to the Future' Money


A federal judge on Friday dismissed a royalties lawsuit brought by the widow of the inventor of the DeLorean, the car made famous as the time machine in the “Back to the Future” movies, finding her claims are barred by a 2015 settlement agreement.

This photo provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment shows Christopher Lloyd, left, as Dr. Emmett Brown, and Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the 1985 film, "Back to the Future." A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the "Back to the Future" movies. Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal Pictures for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. But a judge ruled Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties. (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment via AP)

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Affirmative Action on Trial in Harvard Admissions Case


An affirmative action case against Harvard University finally went to trial Monday, four years after a lawsuit was filed claiming the nation’s oldest college discriminates against prospective Asian-American students by considering race in the admissions process.

Judge Dumps Stormy-Trump Defamation Suit


A federal judge on Monday tossed adult film star Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, and also awarded the president attorney’s fees.

Athletes' Quest for NCAA Pay Stumbles on Appeal


A Ninth Circuit panel hinted Monday it won’t revive a proposed class action on claims the NCAA has an employment relationship with college football players and must pay them for time spent on the field.

Americans Fear Influence of Social Media Bots: Poll


If you’ve participated in elections in the last two years and stayed engaged politically through social media, you’ve likely come across a pesky automation tool that two-thirds of Americans believe is maliciously used to generate political influence.

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A can of Dutch Boy Lead Paint. (Photo by Thester11 via Wikipedia Commons)

Justices Reject Appeal on Lead Paint Abatement Rules


Senate Intelligence Staffer Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

FILE - In this  June 13, 2018, file photo,  James Wolfe former director of security with the Senate Intelligence Committee leaves the federal courthouse, in Washington. James Wolfe appeared in federal court in Washington on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, and pleaded guilty to a single charge in the three-count indictment against him. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Former Senate intelligence Staffer James Wolfe pleaded guilty Monday to one count of lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters during a classified leak investigation.

Florida Justices Nix Outgoing Governor's Bid to Pick Judges


The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state’s next governor and not current Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court.

High Court Takes Up Cable Show Free-Speech Case

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a Second Circuit ruling involving the application of the First Amendment to the private operator of a public-access television channel.


FILE- In this July 8, 2017, file photo people walk into a Sears store slated for closing that is next to a mall that is being torn down in Overland Park, Kan. Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. The company once dominated the American landscape, but whether a smaller Sears can be viable remains in question. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Sears Declares Bankruptcy, Store Closures


Judge Frees Ex-Trump Aide Gates From GPS Monitoring


A federal judge agreed Monday to free former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates from GPS monitoring and a nightly curfew.

Retail Sales Up Tepid 0.1 Percent in September


Consumer spending rose by a weak 0.1 percent in September, following an equally tepid 0.1 percent increase in August, the Commerce Department said Monday.

High Winds Across California Spur Power Outages, Fire Fears

Authorities access the damage after a woman was killed after a large eucalyptus tree toppled and smashed onto a car she was inside of in the driveway of her home in Tustin, Calif. during the heavy Santa Ana winds on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Potentially powerful winds combined with dry weather are raising the threat of wildfires in California. (Mindy Schauer /The Orange County Register via AP)

Strong Santa Ana winds knocked out electricity for about 80,000 residents in Southern California on Monday, while high winds in the north part of the state forced utilities to pre-emptively shut off power to prevent possible wildfires.

'El Chapo' Lawyer Scolded Over Text Message About Witness

In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City. Mexico's government extradited Guzman on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, to the U.S. to face drug-trafficking and other charges. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Just weeks before the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the presiding judge issued a warning to his lawyer Friday for sending a text message to the attorney for a cooperating witness in the case.


Visitors enter the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.  Saudi journalist writer Jamal Khashoggi, is thought to have vanished after he walked into the consulate on Oct. 2, leading to worldwide speculation over his disappearance. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Reports: Saudis Say Dissident Journalist Was Killed by Accident


Flash Floods Kill at Least 13 People in Southwest France

A man rides past a damaged car in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning streams into raging torrents that authorities said killed several people and seriously injured at least five others. (AP Photo/Fred Lancelot)

Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. People had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped the equivalent of several months of rain in just a few hours.

Hopes for Brexit Deal Foiled
by Irish Border Issue


Days ahead of a summit once seen as the moment Britain and the European Union would have to reach a Brexit deal, both sides are still staring at each other over the question of the Irish border, refusing to blink.

Ecuador Tells Assange to Curb Speech, Look After His Cat


Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday.

Romanian Govt Move Against Prosecutors Draws Criticism


Romania’s government passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have a greater number of years of professional activity — a move that prosecutors say would hamper current investigations and force some anti-corruption prosecutors from their jobs.

In Brief

Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922. He was one of five children. His father took a job as a pastor in Alameda where the family moved and relocated to the Bay Area of California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression in the Bay Area was difficult. Walt struggled to make extra money to help out the family by taking on many different jobs.  Such jobs varied from working the corn fields and selling corn, to bucking hay bales and pulling double shifts at the cannery.

As a young man, he developed an interest in art and imagery.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed that young people are better at interpreting imagery than adults for their imaginations are more agile and unencumbered.