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Top eight stories for today including the CEO of TikTok testified before House lawmakers; The parents of a Michigan school shooter must face involuntary manslaughter charges; The Phoenix City Council balked at an action that may have prevented hundreds of mobile home residents from being evicted, and more.


House rebuke of TikTok CEO is a bipartisan affair

A video of a firing handgun punctuated a hearing Thursday morning with the CEO of TikTok as some lawmakers pushed for a national ban against the social media platform.

TikTok CEO Shou Chew arrives on Capitol Hill before testifying at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, 2023. (Benjamin S. Weiss/Courthouse News Service)

Afghanistan withdrawal subpoenas dropping next week if State Dept stays mum

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is ready to issue a legal order, he warned America's top diplomat Thursday, to obtain documents concerning the U.S. military’s 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Civilians prepare to board a plane during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Parents of toddler killed on cruise ship argue for new chance to sue Royal Caribbean

The parents of an 18-month-old girl who died after falling through an open cruise ship window took their fight against Royal Caribbean to the 11th Circuit on Thursday, after a Florida federal judge ruled in favor of the cruise line in a negligence lawsuit.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship. (Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

11th Circuit hears case against Robinhood over ‘meme stock’ trading restrictions

The 11th Circuit heard arguments Thursday in a multidistrict fiduciary duty case against stock trading app Robinhood over its decision to restrict purchases of so-called "meme stocks" on its platform for one week in January 2021.

Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Robinhood and other online trading platforms are moving to restrict trading in GameStop and other stocks that have soared recently due to rabid buying by smaller investors. GameStop stock has rocketed from below $20 to more than $400 this month as a volunteer army of investors on social media challenged big institutions who has placed market bets that the stock would fall. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Parents of Michigan school shooter must stand trial on manslaughter charges

The parents of a Michigan high school student who fatally shot four classmates learned their immediate fate Thursday when a state appeals court determined that involuntary manslaughter charges against them can stand.

Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, a teenager accused of killing four students in a shooting at Oxford High School, appear in court in Rochester Hills, Mich., on Feb. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Eviction looms for Phoenix mobile home residents

The Phoenix City Council balked at an action that may have prevented hundreds of mobile home residents from being evicted in the coming months. 

Residents from three mobile home parks set to close in the coming months organized outside the Phoenix City Council building before spending nearly five hours asking the council to save their homes. (Joe Duhownik/Courthouse News)

Manhattan DA incinerates demand by Trump loyalists for info on probe

Donald Trump's indictment would be the first time in history that a current or former U.S. president has faced criminal charges, but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg coolly rejected a maneuver by lawmakers on Thursday for access to his investigation.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg at a news conference on Feb. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


Mexico water crisis in spotlight on World Water Day

Mexico is running out of water, and authorities appear to be doing little to plug the leak. Activists have proposed a new federal law to manage the country’s water supply.

A restaurant named for its attraction of floating on top of the water — when there is water in Nuevo León's La Boca reservoir — sits on the dry lakebed in July 2022, when drought conditions brought the lake down to just nine percent capacity. (Cody Copeland/Courthouse News)
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