By JON PARTON & MEGAN MINEIRO
In a Twitter blast Friday morning, President Donald Trump said he called off military strikes against Iran because the 150 estimated civilian deaths would not be a proportionate response to a U.S. surveillance drone being shot down.
By JOE HARRIS
Missouri officially denied Planned Parenthood’s license on Friday, but a St. Louis judge kept a preliminary injunction in place allowing the state’s only remaining abortion clinic to stay open for now.
By JACK RODGERS
Undocumented immigrants are barred from possessing guns, but how about an immigrant who doesn’t appreciate that flunking out of school on a student visa made his status illegal?
By MEGAN MINEIRO
With a 7-2 vote Friday, the Supreme Court vacated a death-penalty conviction in a case where a Mississippi prosecutor had a track record of eliminating black jurors.
By TIM RYAN
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nominations of 17 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including a Ninth Circuit pick who faced questions about his ties to California.
By NICHOLAS IOVINO
The Ninth Circuit allowed the Trump administration’s so-called “abortion gag rule” for Title X-funded health clinics to take effect Thursday, a move critics say will limit low-income women’s access to reproductive health care.
By HELEN CHRISTOPHI
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday did not indicate whether it would freeze a court-ordered block on $1 billion in funding the Trump administration allegedly misappropriated to build a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border, torpedoing arguments from both sides of the aisle.
By BRANDI BUCHMAN
Facing a chorus of expert testimony about the the danger in the government’s head-in-the-sand approach to Russian election meddling, House Republicans were rebuffed at every turn Thursday as they raged about conspiracy theories and border security.
So many gray whales are dying off the United States’ West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace.
By ROBERT KAHN
I’m glad that Mexicans come to the United States. I wish we had more of them. I like them. I find them honest, cheerful, hard-working boon companions, amiable and patriotic. I don’t know what I — or you — would do without them.
By JACK RODGERS
Town officials who traipsed on a Pennsylvania woman’s land, hunting for unmarked graves, could be on the hook for federal damages, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.
By ADAM KLASFELD
Antitrust regulators are close to settling charges over the $26.5 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, a lawyer said Friday, as four more states prepare to join a related challenge.
By NICK CAHILL
On the backs of tuition hikes and taxpayers, the California State University system has recovered nicely from the Great Recession. Gone are semesters of mandatory teacher furloughs, staff cuts and campus demonstrations during the late 2000s that often resulted in students getting arrested for protesting tuition fees and raises for administrators.
By NATHAN SOLIS
A tech giant’s influence on free speech, a defamation lawsuit against a Twitter cow and Donald Trump’s Twitter account were at the center of the First Amendment Roundup hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association on Thursday.
By LISA KLEIN
An Illinois judge ruled Friday that he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigative how the Cook County state’s attorney handled the criminal case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate crime.
By BIANCA BRUNO
By MARTIN MACIAS JR.
Cities will grow exponentially in decades to come, and while wildlife conservation has seldom factored into city planning, a pair of studies found Thursday that urban centers can play a key role in the preservation of the monarch butterfly.
By CAIN BURDEAU
The governor of the Bank of England is backing Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, the Libra, saying it could unlock billions of dollars in new financing and spur development in Great Britain and beyond.
By JOE KELLY
In a 4-3 decision along party lines, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday upheld the GOP-controlled Legislature’s lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general.
By DANIEL JACKSON
Speaking Thursday afternoon in Montgomery, former judge Roy Moore, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, announced that he will once again run in 2020 for a seat in the U.S. Senate after losing a special election two years ago when several women accused him of decades-old sexual misconduct.
By NICHOLAS IOVINO
The government has no duty to correct inaccurate or misleading information, including in a report that allegedly overstates the threat posed by Muslim immigrants, a federal judge said in court Thursday.
By KEVIN KOENINGER
Siding with the Washington Post, a Sixth Circuit panel ruled Thursday that the Drug Enforcement Agency cannot file court records about the distribution of prescription opioids under seal.
By BRANDI BUCHMAN
Walmart has agreed to fork over roughly $138 million in criminal penalties to settle claims by the Justice Department that one of its subsidiaries in Brazil paid a “sorceress” over $500,000 in bribes to make permitting problems go away.
By JON PARTON
Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown authorized state police on Thursday to bring back Republican lawmakers after they fled the Capitol to block a vote on a climate bill that is set to lower the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
A witness called to testify against a fellow Navy SEAL charged with murder has admitted that he killed the victim — a wounded Islamic State fighter — in an act of mercy, a bombshell that didn’t deter the military from its case.
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Despite scores of people travelling from all over California to express strident opposition to a bill designed to tighten vaccination requirements, the California Assembly Health Committee advanced Senate Bill 276 on Thursday.
The Supreme Court was unanimous Friday in finding it would violate due process for North Carolina to tax a trust set up in New York for the benefit of a woman living in North Carolina.
A court in Ecuador freed a Swedish programmer close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday after more than two months in jail on suspicion of hacking.
Police in northern England say they have arrested 44 people in connection with allegations of child sex abuse between 1995 and 2002.
At a hearing where the chief of U.S. Border Patrol defended the need for military involvement in addressing the immigration crisis, members of Congress pushed back Thursday on that partnership’s mounting costs and still unseen payoff.
A Boston veterinary hospital got quite a surprise recently when a family brought in their bulldog after he stopped eating.
MARTIN MACIAS JR.
A federal judge indicated Thursday he will advance conservation groups’ claims that a proposed 43-mile groundwater pipeline in a Southern California desert was approved abruptly and without proper environmental review by a federal agency.
Long before he stepped down as National Rifle Association chief, Oliver North cemented his reputation for overthrowing governments in the Iran-Contra scandal. Now the NRA has taken the retired U.S. marine to court over another “failed coup attempt,” saying North conspired with a PR firm to topple the gun group’s leadership.
Storms were blamed for two deaths and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across the southern United States and as far north as New Jersey.
The European Union insisted Friday that it will not reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the U.K. government whoever succeeds Theresa May as British prime minister.
Several hundred protesters, mainly students, gathered Friday outside Hong Kong government offices, some blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare and others occupying the lobby of a government tax office.
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash — mostly bags — in the animals’ stomachs, which can condemn them to a slow and painful death.
Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .
As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.
He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand. He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.