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Poll Shows Broad Disapproval for Trump Handling of Virus, Race Relations

With a little over 100 days left until Election Day, a majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of race relations, the novel coronavirus and reopening the economy as hospitals across the country see a surge of patients infected with Covid-19.

by NATHAN SOLIS

Wisconsin Justices Overturn Governor's Budget Vetoes

The conservative-majority Wisconsin Supreme Court jettisoned three of the Democratic governor’s budget vetoes on Friday, delivering a second blow to the governor’s executive authority in as many days.

by JOE KELLY

Not Afraid of the Virus and Reporting for (Jury) Duty

The American juror has emerged from quarantine with something of a makeover.

by THOMAS F. HARRISON

Judge at Heart of Monuments Takedown Fight Linked to College Op-Ed Blasting Desegregation

Workers take down a statue of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in downtown Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Brad Kutner)

Four decades ago, a young man wrote an opinion piece critical of school desegregation and instant voter registration for his college newspaper. That op-ed resurfaced Friday, and Virginians discovered the author is now a Richmond judge who in recent weeks blocked the removal of Confederate monuments during the nationwide re-examination of symbols still tied to the institution of slavery.

by BRAD KUTNER

Tyler Technologies Sues Oregon's Biggest County Over Bill for Case-Management Software

After the entire court system of Oregon moved its public records online with software from a private vendor, the county government in Portland hired the same company, Tyler Technologies, to upgrade its criminal case management system. But that initiative hit a $1 million snag that stalled the project and has now sparked a federal lawsuit.

by KARINA BROWN

New Friday Night Justice Department Shake-Up Installs Barr Deputy in Brooklyn

In a mirror image drama of a shake-up that occurred three weeks earlier, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the sudden replacement of a powerful federal prosecutor in New York with an associate of Attorney General Bill Barr.

by ADAM KLASFELD
The Eastern District of New York's Chief Judge Roslynn Mauskopf swears in Seth DuCharme to replace Richard Donoghue. (Photo courtesy of EDNY)

California

Jury Finds Russian National Guilty of High-Profile Hacks

A 12-person federal jury found a trail of digital bread crumbs led to Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin as the hacker responsible for three data breaches in 2012 at LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring and the theft of more than 100 million user credentials.

by MARIA DINZEO

In Defiance of Sheriff, LA Coroner Releases Autopsy Report of Man Shot by Police

A security guard killed by Los Angeles County officers last month was shot five times in the back according to the LA County Coroner’s autopsy report released Friday. 

by NATHAN SOLIS

Across the Nation

U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar speaks at a recent campaign stop in San Antonio. (Photo via MJ Hegar for Texas)

Bitter In-Fighting Caps Democratic Senate Runoff in Texas

In a runoff election that veered into personal attacks in the closing weeks, Democratic voters on Tuesday will decide between a retired Air Force pilot and a longtime state senator, both of whom think they’re the right candidate to defeat Republican Senator John Cornyn in November.

by ERIK DE LA GARZA

Embattled Indiana Attorney General Loses His Party's Nomination

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, whose law license was recently suspended for a month over groping accusations, lost the Republican Party’s nomination for his job Friday as delegates narrowly chose a former congressman instead.

by DAVID WELLS
Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone, right, arrives at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump Commutes Sentence of Ally Roger Stone

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, erasing the 40-month sentence he received in February after being convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering.  

by TIM RYAN

Judge Postpones Federal Execution of White Supremacist

by ROX LAIRD

Ninth Circuit Considers Undoing Block of Federal Asylum Ban

by BIANCA BRUNO

Columns

ROBERT KAHN

A National Disgrace

Pardon me, my fellow Americans, but are we really no better than this? Starting the tenth inning of Major League Baseball games with an unearned man on second base?

Political Winds

Trump Visits Virus Hotspot in Florida as Cases Soar

The president received a briefing on Caribbean counternarcotics operations, making only brief mention of the pandemic, and will later attend a private campaign fundraiser in the crucial battleground state.

by ALEX PICKETT

Republicans Vow Appeal to Gather in Covid-Hit Houston

by CAMERON LANGFORD

Watchdog Says Agency Played Politics in Sharpiegate Fallout

by ALEXANDRA JONES

Economy

Pandemic

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. Racial disparities have narrowed across the United States criminal justice system since 2000, though blacks remain significantly more likely to be impacted than whites, according to a study released Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to Release 8,000 Inmates as Covid Tears Through Prison System

California moved to release of 8,000 prisoners as criticism mounts over the state’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak in its prison system.

by MATTHEW RENDA

The American Dream

Homeownership Rates Falling Fastest for Black Houstonians

Once a city with ample opportunity for upward mobility, Houston’s welcome mat is fraying with home prices rising beyond the reach of the working class. And the American Dream is slipping fastest from the hands of Black Houstonians.

by CAMERON LANGFORD

Science & Research

FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, sprinklers run as a farmworker walks through a broccoli field in Salinas, Calif. On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in February. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Climate Change Forcing Farmers to Choose Between Low Yields or Income Instability

Farmers are facing a tough decision in the face of climate change: Deal with low yields from the crops they depend on, or plant drought-resistant strains that leave them prone to income instability.

by DUSTIN MANDUFFIE

Comet Streaking Past Earth, Providing Spectacular Show

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Religious Affairs

Turkey Formally Makes Hagia Sophia a Mosque

People visit the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s 6th century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that made it a museum.

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