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Top 8 today

Top eight stories for today including Meta asked the EU’s highest court to overrule a decision by Germany’s competition watchdog that found Facebook violated data privacy rules; Environmental organizations sued the EPA over pollution blamed for a spike in Florida manatee deaths; Experts say Chief Justice John Roberts’ influence over the Supreme Court is waning, and more.

National

With Roe on the rocks, the Roberts court exists in name only

While the Supreme Court is poised to easily overrule Roe v. Wade without even the full force of its conservative supermajority, experts say the expected silence from Chief Justice John Roberts in that decision speaks volumes about his waning influence during nearly two decades of power. 

Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here on Jan. 29, 2020, departing the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Musk vows to allow Trump to return to Twitter

Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would restore former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account should his attempts to buy the social media company succeed, he told the Financial Times Tuesday. 

Then-President Donald Trump's Twitter feed is seen on a computer screen in 2017. (J. David Ake/AP)

Americans show more support for Ukraine as conflict drags on

A growing number of Americans support aid packages to Ukraine as the Eastern European nation continues its effort to repel Russia’s invasion, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center that also found most respondents are concerned about escalating conflict in the region.

A Ukrainian serviceman inspects a site after an airstrike by Russian forces in Bahmut, Ukraine, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

DC Circuit revives challenge to plasma-donation visa ban

The U.S. government must face a lawsuit from a group of plasma companies over a regulatory change that threatens their supply chain. 

This April 15, 2020 photo provided by New York Blood Center Enterprises shows vials of blood from donors for testing at the Blood Bank of Delmarva Christiana Donor Center in suburban Newark, Delaware. (New York Blood Center Enterprises via AP)

Regional

Feds sued over pollution blamed for spike in manatee deaths

Following a record-breaking year for manatee deaths, three environmental organizations sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, alleging the federal agency has not done enough to prevent pollution in one of Florida’s most important estuaries.

A manatee swims at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, Fla. (Keith Ramos/USFWS via Courthouse News)

Klamath Tribes sue feds over endangered sucker fish

Two species of endangered sucker fish could face extinction this year because the federal government let farmers take irrigation water from Upper Klamath Lake instead of leaving enough water in the lake for the fish born this year to survive, the Klamath Tribes claim.

The view of Upper Klamath Lake from The Sunrise Place, as two bald eagles fly nearby. (Karina Brown/Courthouse News)

Retailers on edge over new supply-chain woes amid port labor talks

The start of contract talks this week between terminal operators at West Coast ports and the powerful longshore union has retailers fretting that a standoff at the negotiation table will lead to new disruptions in getting merchandise on the shelves.

Dockworkers moving cargo at a container terminal. (Courtesy Port of Los Angeles)

International

Meta challenges authority of German regulator at top EU court

Facebook’s parent company Meta is asking the European Union’s highest court to overrule a decision by Germany’s competition watchdog that found Facebook abused its position as the largest social network in the country to violate data protection regulations. 

The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone on Oct. 4, 2021. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
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