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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court removed a temporary guard that was preventing the House Jan. 6 committee from collecting phone records of two fake electors; Police captured a suspect accused of shooting and killing three University of Virginia football players; Google settled claims that it tracked and shared user location data without proper disclosures or the ability to easily opt-out, and more.

National

High court spurns Trump’s fake electors in Jan. 6 probe

The Supreme Court on Monday removed its temporary guard that was preventing members of Congress investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from collecting the phone records of two fake electors from Arizona. 

Kelli Ward holds herself out as a "true elector" and a "doctor" in this video falsely claiming that Donald Trump won the state of Arizona in the 2020 election. Ward chairs the Arizona Republican Party and has a type of graduate degree called a D.O. (Youtube via Courthouse News)

Google reaches $392M settlement over location data

Google joined attorneys general in 40 states on Monday in announcing the settlement of a lawsuit accusing the company of violating consumer protection laws by recording and sharing user location data without comprehensive disclosures or the ability to easily opt-out.

A cursor moves over Google's search engine page on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Eighth Circuit extends block of Biden student debt relief plan

The Eighth Circuit placed a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration's student debt relief plan Monday, the latest development in a case brought by six states that oppose forgiving federal student loan debt.

President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt relief at Delaware State University in Dover on Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dissenting justices balk at order to study juror bias

Justice Clarence Thomas berated the Sixth Circuit in a dissenting opinion on Monday for giving a death row inmate room to challenge his conviction based on a biased juror. 

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Regional

University of Virginia shooting suspect arrested after 12-hour manhunt

After a manhunt that lasted over 12 hours, police have captured a suspect accused of shooting and killing three University of Virginia football players and injuring two other students. 

Police secure the scene of an overnight shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Va., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

California first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom testifies at Harvey Weinstein rape trial

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, told a jury Monday about how she met the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2005 when she was an aspiring actress.

Harvey Weinstein at his sexual assault trial in LA, October 2022 (Mona Edwards)

Federal judge rejects LA County offer in homelessness suit

A federal judge refused to approve a settlement agreement between the LA Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of downtown residents, business interests and service providers, and Los Angeles County over the area’s homelessness crisis.

In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Jeff Page, right, also known as General Jeff, a homelessness activist and leader in the Downtown Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council, walks with U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, middle, and Michele Martinez, special master on the issues of homelessness, after a court hearing at Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Science

Unknown influences halved the lifespan of honey bees, study says

Over the course of 50 years, the lifespan of honey bees in labs decreased by 50%, potentially threatening honey production.

Despite improved standards for keeping honey bees in the lab, UMD research shows caged bees have shorter lifespans than they did 50 years ago, suggesting something other than environmental conditions could be causing higher rates of honey bee colony loss for commercial bee keepers. (Anthony Nearman/UMD)

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