Biden to retire three oil leases, including one in Alaska
The Biden administration quietly retired three offshore gas leases, fulfilling a campaign promise and invigorating environmentalists but drawing criticism from factions who say the administration is not doing enough to reduce soaring gas prices.
Judge asks Google, developers to be ‘willow trees, not redwoods’ ahead of antitrust trial
A federal judge urged Google to defer its requirement that all Android apps start using Google’s payment system for in-app purchases or face banishment from the Google Play Store.
Americans cite inflation as top problem facing the country
A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that inflation is the most concerning issue facing the U.S. public, as a declining share of Americans say the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment and racism are big problems.
Louisiana lawmakers take up bill to make abortion a homicide crime
The Republican-controlled Louisiana House of Representatives debated a bill Thursday afternoon that would make women who end pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecution and would ban certain birth control and fertility options.
Judge rejects lawsuit over California housing density bill
A California judge on Thursday rejected a petition by the nonprofit organization AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Southern California city of Redondo Beach to block a new state law that makes it easier for cities to upzone certain neighborhoods.
Restaurants urge Ninth Circuit to revive challenge to Berkeley natural gas ban
Arguing before a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday, an attorney for a California restaurant trade organization doubled down on claims Berkeley’s novel ban on natural gas hookups in new construction is a roundabout way to ban gas-powered appliances in furtherance of the liberal city’s environmental goals.
War crimes trials to begin in Ukraine, Finland moves toward NATO
Eleven weeks after Russia invaded its neighbor, Ukraine is moving toward putting the first Russian soldiers accused of war crimes on trial, a move that will bring into clearer focus allegations of war atrocities.
Mexico’s chief justice pledges action over abuse of pretrial detention
Mexican Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar met with over 200 female inmates, many of whom have spent years in prison without being convicted of a crime.