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Friday, April 19, 2024

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Middle East tensions escalated further after U.S. officials said Israel attacked Iran. World leaders called for deescalation amid fears of a widening war.

by Cain Burdeau

Speaker Mike Johnson’s $95 billion aid package cleared a procedural hurdle in the lower chamber thanks in large part to Democratic support.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

Multiple potential jurors were excused on Friday after they said they had anxiety and self-doubt about serving for the high-profile trial.

by Josh Russell

Mainers embrace and dread the yearly onslaught of mud.

by Clarke Canfield

How and when the Supreme Court resolves Donald Trump’s presidential immunity claim will determine whether voters know if Trump is criminally culpable for election subversion efforts in 2020 before voting in 2024.

by Kelsey Reichmann


Ever been in a situation where you knew you were right and everyone else was wrong? It happened to me once, and I ain’t ashamed. Except maybe about the bell bottoms.

by Robert Kahn

Closing Arguments

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Wayne LaPierre speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

After a jury ruled in February that the former longtime CEO improperly spent NRA funds, self-described reformers are hoping for a shake-up at the controversial nonprofit. Can the group shed its far-right image — and do rank-and-file members even want to?

by Erik Uebelacker

Thursday’s incident showcases growing tensions in the Middle East as Israel continues its war in Gaza.

by Nolan Stout

A line of cars on a rocky mountain road.

The pair of South Caucasus countries have each filed complaints against the other, stemming from a flare-up in violence over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

by Molly Quell


Without the First Amendment, media, entertainment, arts and technology would look very different. But without copyright, there would be no incentive for a writer to get that manuscript published or a musician to get their song out there for the world to hear.

Courts & the Law

Law enforcement authorities said they found no immediate link between the public self-immolation and Donald Trump.

by Josh Russell

The judge denied the United States’ attempt to delay a 2015 climate change lawsuit while recommending that the Ninth Circuit also deny the feds’ arguments for dismissal.

by Alanna Mayham

The case stems from the termination of seven Starbucks employees at a store in Memphis as they were trying to unionize.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Ahead of trial, Meta, ByteDance and other social media giants have attempted to once again toss claims that they designed apps to target children.

by Natalie Hanson

CVS was aware of complaints and knew that its actions were a violation of a federally protected right, Senior U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled.

by Michael Gennaro

An attorney for reality TV stars Julie and Todd Chrisley argued that prosecutors conspired with an IRS officer to misrepresent the amount of unpaid taxes owed by the couple, leading jurors to unfairly convict them of bank fraud and tax evasion.

by Kayla Goggin

The two accused county supervisors say no interference occurred because the secretary of state completed the statewide election certification by the deadline.

by Joe Duhownik

A three-judge panel heard arguments from a group of Chinese immigrants living in Florida who want to buy homes. They claim the law unconstitutionally discriminates against them based on their national origin.

by Megan Butler

Screenshot of July 2023 Chino Valley Unified School District board meeting.

The Sacramento County judge had ruled in favor of the attorney general in a tentative ruling.

by Alan Riquelmy

Around the Nation

Following the biggest selloff of the year, Wall Street continued to suffer losses as sticky inflation and increasingly hawkish talk from the Federal Reserve frustrated investors.

by Nick Rummell

Counties with the highest unemployment rate include Colusa, Imperial and Tulare, while San Mateo County had the lowest.

by Alan Riquelmy

The judge agreed with Disney that the profits of the 2017 movie were attributable to many other factors beyond just the visual effects software it was found to have infringed.

by Edvard Pettersson

The regulation sidesteps the thorny issue of transgender athletes and discards Trump-era policies on sexual assault complaints.

by Nolan Stout

Greater access to medication abortion and protecting access to emergency reproductive care headlined President Joe Biden’s response to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Supreme Court put both policies on its docket this term.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Chicago City Hall conservatives faced a rout as the dual progressive spending measures easily passed through city council.

by Dave Byrnes

The U.S. Interior Department updated regulations dating back to 1977 to account for the dramatically changing conditions impacting wildlife and resources for Native communities.

by Edvard Petterson


by Daniel Conrad

The D.C. Circuit upheld the felony convictions of Jesse Benton, former Ron Paul campaign lead, who contributed $25,000 to the Trump campaign on behalf of a Russian businessman who had actually paid him $100,000 to attend a fundraiser.

Four California members of the "Three Percenters" militia have been sentenced to up to 33 months in prison for their participation in the riots at the U.S. Capitol following the 2022 elections. The four were convicted of felony obstruction and misdemeanor entering restricted building charges.

The Seventh Circuit denied a class of trans kids and their families’ motion for reconsideration of the appeals court’s decision allowing a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, which was signed into law last April. The one-page ruling does not explain the court’s reasoning; four of the judges voted to rehear the matter en banc.

A Texas appeals court upheld the trial court’s decision to grant attorney Sidney Powell’s no-evidence motion for summary judgment in a disciplinary proceeding, in which the Commission for Lawyer Discipline claimed Powell had violated rules of conduct by allegedly filing two exhibits without their dates in a Georgia election lawsuit. The commission’s arguments are meritless, the appellate panel ruled.

The Seventh Circuit ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections may not outright ban parents convicted of sex offenses from speaking on the phone to their children while they are on supervised release. The government may implement call monitoring to minimize the risk of abuse as an alternative to the ban.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Hunter Biden filed an interlocutory appeal with the Ninth Circuit on Friday, arguing a federal judge improperly rejected his bid to dismiss tax evasion charges because a plea agreement barred the special counsel from charging him.

Airline passengers and former travel agents seek to stop Alaska Airlines from acquiring Hawaiian Airlines Inc., saying the deal creates a monopoly, shrinks competition in multiple passenger airline markets and threatens Hawaii's economy.

Popular Lunchables meal kits contain lead, cadmium and phthalates, two mothers say in a class action that accuses Kraft Heinz of deceiving customers. A recent report showed that Lunchables — often consumed by children — contained over 60% of the maximum allowed levels of the toxic chemicals that can cause brain damage and other health issues.

Nassau County sued the state of New York over the shift of elections from odd to even years, claiming that doing so shaves a year off the terms of officials elected after enactment.

Those who are arrested in Travis County aren't provided a counsel for initial bail hearings, one such arrestee says in a class action that accuses the county of creating a "two-tier" system that favors those who can afford to hire an attorney.

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