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     1.) Reporter Shields Leak Source, but Testimony Has Sting for AG Kane
     After a failed maneuver to throw out the perjury case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the defense rested its case Friday without calling any witnesses.
     2.) NY Judge Rapped for Expunging Conviction
     Precedent that lets federal courts expunge arrest records cannot be used to expunge the fraud conviction of a woman now unable to find work, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.
     3.) 7th Circuit Slams Class Counsel in Walgreens Suit
     Attorneys in a shareholder action against Walgreens have no business asking for $370,000 in fees when they won “nothing of value” for class members and the litigation only served to enrich class counsel, the Seventh Circuit ruled.
     4.) Nearly a Quarter of US Now in Drought
     As California suffers through another summer of wildfires and water restrictions brought on by its historic drought, federal meteorologists said this week that nearly one quarter of the continental United States is now affected by drought.
     5.) Californians Fight Sand Mine on Monterey Bay
     Residents of the Central Coast packed a California Coastal Commission meeting Wednesday to urge the state’s powerful regulator to shut down a sand mine that’s eroding the coast of Monterey Bay.
     6.) Nation of Islam Newspaper Loses on Appeal
     Reversing and remanding, the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, The Final Call, violated a painter’s copyright by selling reproductions of his portrait of Louis Farrakhan without permission
     7.) Dispatches From the Road: Hawaii
     Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief goes head to head with a wild boar on Maui in the latest installment of “Dispatches from the Road.”
     8.) N.C. Legislative Districts Must Be Redrawn in 2018
     A legislative district map twice used to elect members of the North Carolina General Assembly in unconstitutional because several of its districts are racially gerrymandered, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday. But the districts will still be used for this year’s elections.

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