With the start of classes barely six weeks away, University of Arizona administrators still don’t know what the return to campus for fall semester will look like – or if it will happen at all.


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.




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?

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.


Hedge fund Chatham Asset Management plans to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy out of bankruptcy, ending 163 years of family control.


Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases.



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.


Across the Nation

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.


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.


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.  


Science and Research

The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there.




Religious Affairs

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.


In Brief


Florida sued Jacksonville, the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign in Duval County Court, claiming their plans to hold the Republican Convention in a Jacksonville arena during the Covid-19 pandemic will be “a nuisance injurious to the health, welfare and property rights … of the community of Jacksonville.”

Addressing a federal judge’s concerns over the adequacy of a $550 million settlement of privacy claims against Facebook, plaintiffs in the case said the risks of litigation and concerns the law on biometric data will be gutted mean the settlement is the best outcome.

A class action in Orange County Court, Calif., claims R.J. Reynolds Tobacco discriminates against Black and homosexual employees by, among other things, “advising employees, such as the plaintiff, that they work for a ‘conservative company’ based in North Carolina and that the gay lifestyle is ‘offensive’ not only to plaintiff’s teammates but also management and those in leadership position.”

Diné [Navajo] Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in federal court, claiming its authorization and issuance of oil and gas leases on 30 parcels covering nearly 41,000 acres violates the National Environmental Policy Act and Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

The United States sued J.R. Simplot Co. and Simplot Phosphates for years of environmental violations at its fertilizer plant near Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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Rome in rain

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The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of First Amendment and Equal Protection claims against University of California officials brought by a woman whose plans to attend a speech by far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley were thwarted by protests. The woman’s battery claim against one of the protesters, however, was improperly dismissed.  

The Second Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of the CIA in a Freedom of Information Act suit brought by The New York Times, which sought an acknowledgement from the agency that it was aware of the existence of records relating to a covert program of arming and training Syrian rebels. 

In a class action antitrust dispute, a federal court in California preliminarily approved a $232 million settlement between purchasers of capacitors and tech companies Panasonic, AVX, Holy Stone, Kemet, Shinyei, Shizui, ELNA and Taits. 

The Weather Channel’s parent company’s breach of contract suit against The Nielsen Company is unlikely to succeed on its merits, a federal court in Illinois ruled, denying a motion for a preliminary injunction. The parent company, CF Entertainment, believes it only needs to pay Nielsen $41,667 a month for ratings services instead of the $475,000 a month it has been paying. 

A federal court dismissed a case against the Texas Secretary of State brought by a voter and the state’s Democratic Party, which challenged a state election law governing the order in which candidates appear on the ballot. The plaintiffs had asked the court to require the state to use a ballot order system that would have given major party candidates an “equal opportunity to be listed first on the ballot.”


The U.K. Parliament building at sunset. (William Dotinga / CNS)