Only in California

A dehydrated, disoriented hiker who was rescued by L.A. sheriff’s officers claims in a federal complaint that, as he was “sharing his story about his spirituality and the spiritual meaning behind the subject hike,” one officer was “not too keen on (plaintiff’s) verbose and talkative demeanor,” and punched him in the face, breaking his jaw.

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Scott Pruitt’s Reign

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce documents demanded by the Sierra Club regarding 25 employees appointed by President Donald Trump or former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who have a history of close ties with industries regulated by EPA, industry advocacy groups, or anti-environmental politicians or political groups — relationships that raise grave concerns about conflicts of interests and the ability of polluting industries to disproportionately influence EPA policy.

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Climate Change

Children suing the United States for failing to address climate change asked the Ninth Circuit to lift the stay in their case because “with every passing day, through defendants’ ongoing systemic actions in creating, perpetuating, and promoting a national fossil fuel energy system, defendants continue to destabilize the climate system.”

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