Eight-term California congressman Mike Honda claims his opponent's campaign manager stole confidential information on thousands of donors to tip a tight November race in his boss's favor. 

     The Port Authority official on trial for the Bridgegate cover-up says he wasn't Republican enough for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But the government's star witness told jurors Friday that William Baroni's only goal at the Port Authority, like his own, was to support Christie.

     The City Council of a small city of 27,000 in California's San Francisco Bay Area made a decision this week that may have huge ramifications for the nation's energy infrastructure.

     In reparation for contributing to pollution, Seattle will partner with a private company to restore a salmon habitat at the Duwamish River Superfund site, according to the Justice Department. 

     A federal judge threw out a slew of claims against the city of Berkeley and several police officers over the death of a transgender woman with schizophrenia who died while being arrested in 2013.

     A federal judge appeared inclined to dismiss at least some of the claims made by the family of a 60-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a Santa Clara County Sheriff's officer.

     Maybe I'm more confident about my country than every TV network, radio station and newspaper in the United States, but was it really the top national news story for three days this week that a mentally disturbed person set off a couple of pipe bombs?
     I don't care whether he was "connected with" or "inspired by" al-Qaida or ISIS or not. Or the Girl Scouts. Why did we allow Ahmad R. Schmuck (his real name) — plus The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and everyone else — to throw the entire nation into a tizzy because a wannabe terrorist threatened random strangers by scattering pipe bombs on the street?
     That's not national news. It's not even important.
     Sure, it was a bad thing to do. People could have been killed, though they were not. But hundreds of people do worse things every day, and do kill other people, without becoming national news.
     Have we all gone nuts?
     Have we all rented out our brains to Nielsen Ratings?
     And if we have: What's in it for us?
     Five hundred and thirty people have been shot to death in Chicago this year — two a day — and more than 3,000 wounded: 12 a day. In one city. That's 3,600 more deaths and injuries than Mr. Schmuck inflicted with his pipe bombs.
     Twenty-seven people die every day in the United States in drunk-driving accidents: 7,200 dead people this year. More coming soon — but not to a news station, unless it's near you.
     It would take thousands of Schmuck terrorists — from Syria, from Iraq, from the Republic of Texas — to inflict as much violence upon us as we're inflicting upon ourselves.
     Look, I know the drill. I've been in the news game for more than 30 years. I never used to call it a game, but that's what it's become.
     News editors around the country didn't want to get "beat" on the pipe-bomber story. So they made a big deal out of it because they know the "competition" — the "other guys" — would.
     They turned a hunt into a twisted little ineffectual pervert into national news, for three days.
     The curators of our national news — including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and all of the networks — have become a bunch of willfully neutered sheep.
     Sheep are not courageous. Sheep follow the herd. The only thing a sheep knows is how to be taken care of by his keeper, or get his throat ripped out by wolves.
     A sheep chews what its keeper feeds it, turns it into cud, regurgitates it into his own mouth, then chews it again, swallows it again and burps it up again, as he passes it through his several stomachs.
     That's what the pipe bomber story was. Three days of regurgitated cud. Glory to the moron.
     Listen: Ignorant people who think they can conquer the Western World by murdering people at random — on the streets, in shopping malls, at rock concerts, in airplanes — are no threat to Western civilization. They are morons.
     Medieval thought will never conquer Western science — despite all the seats its followers hold in the U.S. Congress.
     The only way these ideological and sexual perverts can hurt us is if we keep doing what we have been doing for 15 years, and what we did last week: responding to ineffectual shows of force by committing hundreds of billions of dollars to combating puny "threats," which have existed since the beginning of the world, and will exist forever.
     Ahmad Schmuck is a caveman beating two rocks together.
     In response, the most powerful nation in the history of the world spent three days going wee-wee in its shorts, being fed "news" by semi-literate sheep.
     Give me a break, America. As a former resident of New York's Upper West Side, allow me to ask: "Are you kidding me? Get the fuckouta here."

     War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.

     BP is poised to settle a mass tort lawsuit with more than 25,000 people who were exposed to toxic emissions from its southeast Texas refinery. 

     The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

     Newly released police video of a black man's fatal shooting, sought by protesters for days, isn't settling questions about whether the man threatened police with a gun before he was felled by a black officer.

     Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold its Voter ID law, insisting it is needed to prevent voter fraud despite two lower court rulings that found it discriminatory. 

     The Courthouse News Western bureau chief recounts his experiences with the Sonoran Desert in Arizona — including would-be auto thieves and gas stations with no gas — in the latest installment of "Dispatches from the Road."

     Twitter's stock price exploded by more than 20 percent early Friday after CNBC reported said that the company was progressing toward a sale, with Google and Salesforce.com among the interested suitors.

     Vacating a conviction as the product of an illegal stop, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that a black man running from police is not by itself a suspicious activity, since he may simply be avoiding "the recurring indignity of being racially profiled." 

     The family of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man shot dead earlier this week by a Charlotte police officer, has released a cellphone video of the incident that includes the sounds of his wife pleading with police not to shoot him, as they shout commands to "drop the gun."

     City building inspectors had few satisfactory answers Thursday for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who grilled them about how they could allow construction of a glitzy, 58-story high-rise to move forward despite knowing it was sinking at an alarming rate.

     The spectacular explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a prelaunch test on Sept. 1 was the result of a sudden catastrophic breach in a helium pressurization system inside the booster's second-stage liquid oxygen tank, the company said Friday.


     Two Indonesian fishermen say a San Jose tuna boat captain enslaved them and forced them to work 20-hour days until they escaped at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. 

     Tesla Motors sued top Michigan officials in federal court in an effort to sell its electric cars directly to customers in the Wolverine State without using a traditional dealership network. 

     Too overweight to hire, but not enough to claim physical impairment. The Ninth Circuit reached this finding in upholding rejection of Human Rights Act violations. 

     Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has decided to back Donald Trump's White House bid, announcing on Friday he intends to vote for the man he once called "utterly amoral" and a "pathological liar."

     The photojournalist who took the "Donald the pheasant" picture last May that the media had a field day with because it "looks and acts like Donald Trump," has filed a federal copyright lawsuit for wrongful use of his image. 

     A Dallas County trial judge did not exceed her authority by hearing prosecutorial-misconduct accusations from an heir to the Hunt oil fortune during a bitter family dispute, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled. 

     In a victory for Los Angeles residents navigating the court system in languages other than English, the Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the L.A. Superior Court to expand its interpretation and translation services. 

     Residents living near fertilizer giant Mosaic's New Wales, Florida phosphate processing plant claim in a federal class action that a "toxic radioactive wastewater" spill from the facility earlier this month has contaminated their water. 

     In a scathing report Thursday, the state auditor said California's energy regulator appears to be improperly influenced by utilities in its decision-making, and ignores state rules when handing out contracts. 

     A maker of robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injuries went public at $12 a share, but withheld crucial information, and ReWalk's stock is worth half that now, a class claims.

 

     A California man says McDonald's uses its distribution centers to track and distribute the best prizes in its annual "Monopoly" contest so customers don't really have a fair shot at winning the best prizes. 

     Jakuta Diodes claims Ford, Honda, General Motors et al. violate patent on a Device and Method for Diffusing Light, in eight federal complaints. 

     Federal prosecutors Wednesday accused Jose Arturo Acevedo, 35, of Tijuana, of smuggling into the United States 5,857 fentanyl pills, 55 lbs. of methamphetamine, 24 lbs. of cocaine and 12 lbs. of heroin. 

     As the United States marked its first awareness week on the epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse, Congress looked at the market for addiction treatments.

     Former and present Wells Fargo employees in California filed a $2.6 billion class action against the bank, claiming they are the "biggest victims" of the bank's policy of opening accounts without customers' knowledge.

     A University of Utah law professor believes the fraud allegations against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's now-defunct real estate school could constitute impeachable offenses if he is elected Nov. 8. 

     Grappling with long delays and a perception of unfairness in police shooting probes, the city of San Francisco has pledged $1.9 million to launch an independent bureau to investigate police shootings. 

     A British tabloid's report that Anthony Weiner sent sexually charged messages to a 15-year-old girl has sparked investigations from New York to North Carolina, authorities have confirmed.

     The Securities and Exchange Commission brought fraud charges against the peddlers of a Hollywood dream to build the nation's largest movie studio in Georgia, in a tale featuring a cameo by former New York Gov. David Paterson.  

     The U.S. men's national soccer team does not need players' permission to use their photos in a tequila ad, the Seventh Circuit ruled. 

     One of the 70,000 Coloradans with hepatitis C has brought a federal class action agaisnt the state because its Medicaid program does not cover breakthrough therapies for the fatal disease. 

     Electronic Arts returned to federal court over its Madden NFL video game, this time asking a federal judge to bar retired NFL players from moving forward with a right of publicity class action.


     A federal judge has ordered Rimini Street, an independent support provider for enterprise software, to pay Oracle $46.2 million in attorneys' fees and costs for copyright infringement. 

     An off-duty cop who was detained after being mistaken for a terrorist was not falsely arrested, the Oklahoma Court of Appeals ruled. 

     Yahoo confirmed Thursday a massive data breach dating back to 2014 that affected as many as 500 million user accounts.

     The Securities and Exchange Commission brought a federal complaint against a septuagenarian hedge-fund manager who it says made more than $4 million trading on inside information. 

     The Securities and Exchange Commission said a New York couple has agreed to pay civil penalties to settle claims they were involved in inside trading of a home-security company's stock. 


     The Federal Trade Commission says scammers on both coasts not only targeted the elderly in a phony "prize" scam, they sold lists of their victims to other scammers who could try it again. 

     The International Monetary Fund is painting a bleak outlook for bailout-dependent Greece, where it expects unemployment to stay in the double digits for more than three decades.

     A federal judge ruled for the State Department on Thursday in a case where an ex-diplomat wanted records after being denied a promotion. 

     These defendants defrauded people of $853,300 in a futures trading scam, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission claims in Federal Court: Kimball Parker and MakeYourFuture LLC, both of Lehi, Utah; and Timothy Baggett, Changes Worldwide LLC, and Changes Trading LLC, all of Lakeland, Fla. 

     The deadline for a political party to achieve state recognition in Arizona is not unfair to the state's Green Party, the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday. 

     Computer manufacturer Lenovo insisted it did not know malware was installed on computers it sold to consumers, and that no one was harmed by the presence of the malicious software during a hearing in federal court Friday.

     Top CNS stories for today including the government's star witness at the Bridgegate trial telling jurors that William Baroni's only goal at the Port Authority, like his own, was supporting Chris Christie, former Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting puts him in the sights of federal investigators, in a shocker, Ted Cruz says he's voting for Trump, San Francisco officials have no answers on why a giant high-rise is sinking, and more.

     The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would bar all future cash payments to Iran, the latest in a string of more than a dozen Iran-related bills introduced since last year. 


     Five American Samoa species, two birds, two tropical snails and an insect-eating bat, are now protected as endangered species.

     The Ninth Circuit vacated a summary judgment award in favor of two asbestos-laden product manufacturers accused of causing a Navy machinist's lung disease and death. 

     The sublime acrobatic ability of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles and other top athletes might stem from a gene that gives them a stronger "sixth sense" of where their bodies are in space.

     Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine made a campaign stop in downtown Houston on Friday to speak to the media union Communications Workers of America, with a simple theme: "Stronger Together."

     Hillary Clinton is heading into the weekend before the first presidential debate with a 7-point lead over Donald Trump, but lingering concerns about trustworthiness suggests the stakes in first televised one-on-one clash between the Democrat and her GOP rival could not be higher.


     The rusty patched bumble bee was proposed for federal protection Thursday due to a drastic 92 percent reduction in its range.

     The outlook for a vast free trade pact between the European Union and the United States was bleak Friday, with EU ministers discussing whether to change their approach after conceding that a deal cannot be sealed before President Barack Obama leaves office.

     Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said Friday he signed a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse charges for civil cases, a move that Catholic leaders say could bankrupt the church in the largely Catholic U.S. territory.

     Russian President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his inner-circle again Friday by giving the parliament speaker's job to his chief domestic strategist, a man who oversaw a vote that further strengthened the dominance of the main Kremlin party.

     The Second Circuit refused Thursday to hold a panel rehearing after last year ordering two New York banks to turn over funds in satisfaction of a $314 million judgment against the Sudan. 

     A former assistant vice president claims Colonial Savings fired her to retaliate for her warnings that it failed to notify 40,000 consumers of material changes to automatic clearinghouse withdrawals, in Federal Court.