White House Demands Probe of FBI 'Irregularities'


The White House said Monday afternoon the Justice Department has asked the inspector general to expand an ongoing investigation to  include any irregularities with the FBI or Justice Department’s activities regarding the Trump campaign.

Employee-Arbitration Demands Upheld by High Court


In its latest buttressing of corporate arbitration, the U.S. Supreme Court was sharply divided Monday in saying employees do not have a right to class action relief.

Justices Punt Decision on Land Dispute With Tribe


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday perpetuated a years-long fight between a couple and a Native American tribe over a single acre of land in Washington state, finding the Evergreen State’s high court must decide whether common law bars sovereign immunity for the tribe when real estate is involved.

Also: Justices Take Up Murder Case Involving Tribal Land

Lollipop Battle: Dum Dums Takes Aim at Tootsie Packaging

This exhibit attached to Spangler Candy Company’s lawsuit against Tootsie Roll Industries shows two designs for Charms Mini Pops bags compared to Spangler’s Dum Dums packaging.

What’s in the color of a lollipop bag? Quite a lot, according to the maker of Dum Dums.

First Interstellar 'Immigrant' Discovered Orbiting Jupiter

A newly discovered asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit “immigrated” from another solar system and is orbiting in the opposite direction of nearly everything else in our solar system, according to new astronomical research.


A Good Bet


The U.S. Supreme Court has finally solved the judicial financial crisis. In case you missed it, the court last week said states can legalize gambling. Is there a sport more compelling than litigation?

Facebook Faces Backlash at RightsCon in Toronto


Capping off a three-day summit on human rights, Facebook received a stern warning not to package its Russian manipulation crisis as a first-world problem.

Study: Suicide Rates for Black Kids Double That of Whites


Before they reach adolescence, black children are twice as likely to commit suicide as white children between the ages of 5 and 12, according to a new study.

DNA 'Hackathon' Looks for Cure of Man's Rare Cancer


Bill Paseman has two choices for treating his rare and deadly kidney cancer: do nothing or let 200 scientists from around the world analyze his DNA to uncover clues for promising new treatments.

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Manafort Renews Call to Suppress Evidence


Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday renewed their call that evidence found in Manafort’s home and storage unit be suppressed and that a federal judge reconsider the legal theory used by special counsel Robert Mueller to expose the findings.

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Suit Over Pop Artist Asks: Where Is the 'LOVE'?


Describing a $30 million forgery scheme, the longtime patron of pop artist Robert Indiana claims in a federal complaint that an art publisher is exploiting the elderly creator of the iconic “LOVE” sculpture.

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FILE - This Sept. 4, 2017, file photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson, Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore. A teenager who started the major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. (Tristan Fortsch/KATU-TV via AP, File)

Boy, 15, Fined $36.6 Million for Starting Oregon Wildfire


Judge Tosses Illinois Senator's Free-Speech Suit Against GOP


A federal judge dismissed Illinois State Senator Sam McCann’s claims that he was booted from the Senate Republican Caucus and denied resources including staff assistance in retaliation for saying he will run for governor as a third-party candidate.

Florida Prison Ban on News Magazine Upheld by 11th Circuit

Razor wire protects a perimeter of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C. A South Carolina prisons spokesman says several inmates are dead and others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside the maximum security prison. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

The publisher of Prison Legal News blasted the 11th Circuit for finding that impoundments of the monthly magazine at Florida jailhouses do not violate the First Amendment.

Wisconsin Retailer Accuses Labor Board of Overreach


Wisconsin-based home improvement giant Menards sued the National Labor Relations Board, claiming it is unlawfully trying to control the company’s relationship with independent contractors.

Judge OKs Class Notice Plan in Facebook Privacy Suit


A federal judge on Monday refused to delay notifying up to 6 million Facebook users about a $30 billion privacy suit against the social network unless it can prove completing the task in nine days would be “literally impossible.”

Texas Judge Rules for Workers Hurt in Weekend Blast


Ten workers injured Saturday in a fiery explosion at a suburban Houston plastics plant won a temporary restraining order Monday forcing the plant owner not to tamper with a valve suspected of setting off the blast.

Sacked Secretary Sues Nebraska, Claiming Age Bias by Governor


At 65, Kathleen Graham was the longest serving administrative and executive assistant in the history of the Nebraska governor’s office when her last boss said her position was being eliminated because of budget cuts. However, Graham says in a lawsuit filed late Friday the budgetary excuse offered by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts is both flimsy and in violation of employment law.

Indicted Westchester Mayor Loses Prosecution Challenge


Indicted in his home county on fraud charges, the mayor of Mount Vernon cannot challenge his prosecution in New York City, a judge ruled Monday.



Trump Signs Action Against Venezuela After 'Sham' Election


High Court to Probe Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining


The Supreme Court took up a case Monday where Virginia has barred mining companies from exploiting the country’s largest known uranium deposit.

Pussycat Dolls Sue Daily Mail for ‘Prostitution’ Story


The all-female music group The Pussycat Dolls is suing London-based Daily Mail for defamation after it ran stories in October 2017 describing the group as “a prostitution ring” and saying its members were “hooked on drugs.”

Olympic Swimmer Accuses Former Coach of Sexual Abuse

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Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith Monday sued USA Swimming and her former coach on Monday, claiming the coach groomed her for sexual abuse beginning when she was 13.

LA City Council Passes $9.9 Billion Budget for 2018-2019


The Los Angeles City Council approved a $9.9 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year on Monday, boosting contributions to the city’s cash reserves and funding for housing projects for the homeless.

Deere Worker Can't Sue Over Discipline at Chinese Plant


An Iowa man who was disciplined for having sexual relationships with two Chinese employees while working abroad for agricultural giant Deere & Co. cannot sue the company under state law, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Woman Says Skin Color Led to Removal From Southwest Flight


A Florida woman claims in court she was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight after a white passenger seated next to her claimed to be allergic to black people.

Justices to Clarify Attorney Fee Rules in Benefits Cases


The Supreme Court on Monday said it will resolve an appellate court split on the question of caps on attorney’s fees in Social Security benefits cases.

Ex-Officer Who Shot Naked Man Says He Was Attacked


A white former Atlanta-area police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran said he was being attacked when he fired on the man.


In this image made from video, two wild horses stand in an open field, Sunday, May 20, 2018, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Australian State Proposes Protecting Wild Horses


Indian Power Plant Dispute Taken Up by US Supreme Court


Blocked at every turn from suing over a coal-fired power plant built in Gujarat, India, a group of fisherman persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case Monday.

Masked Gunmen Open Fire on French Youth in Marseille


A group of masked gunmen in three cars opened fired with Kalashnikovs and handguns on a group of young people in the French city of Marseille Monday, reportedly injuring one man.

Social Media Under Microscope in Emotive Irish Abortion Vote

In this photo taken on May 17, 2018, a pro life supporter canvassing for a No vote on the streets of Dublin, Ireland. In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate rages in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged _ and more shadowy _ as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters ahead of Friday's referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: “Her choice: vote yes.” Anti-abortion placards warn against a “license to kill.”

In N Korea Nuke Site Closure, Spectacle Trumps Substance


Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

United Kingdom Will Not
Block Comcast-Sky Deal


Britain’s government says it does not intend to refer U.S. media conglomerate Comcast’s $30.7 billion (22 billion pound) takeover offer for London-based Sky to competition authorities, saying the proposed merger doesn’t raise concerns on public interest grounds.

South African Man Found Guilty of Ax Murders of Family

Henri van Breda, left, talks to one of his legal adviser, Piet Botha, right, in the HIgh Court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, May 21, 2018 as he awaits the verdict in his murder, and attempted murder trial. Van Breda is accused of murdering his father, mother and brother and the attempted murder of his sister. (AP Photo/Nasied Manie)

A South African man has been found guilty of murdering three members of his immediate family on Monday, more than three years after the gruesome attack in an upscale housing estate that shocked the nation.

In Brief

Walt Girdner:

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.

Tall and lanky as a teenager, Walt would often run the three miles to school.  He later became a high school champion in the quarter-mile and half-mile, and he would anchor the 440-relay. For his speed and endurance, he was offered a track scholarship to Stanford University and recruited for the 1944 US Olympic Team before World War II erupted and cancelled the games.  He graduated in 1943 with a degree in psychology.