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Top eight stories for today including lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced alarm about the potential dangers of AI; Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1 billion to settle a lawsuit from shareholders over the bank’s fake account scandal; A coalition of Scandinavian journalists has uncovered a Russian disinformation campaign, and more.


Senate grills leader at ChatGPT outfit on risks of AI proliferation

For some members of Congress, the growth of artificial intelligence technology presents policymakers with a unique opportunity to learn from what they see as the failure to properly regulate social media.

Sam Altman, CEO of AI technology company OpenAI, testifies before Congress during a hearing on May 16, 2023. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Congressional leaders optimistic after second debt ceiling meeting

The four top congressional leaders expressed confidence Tuesday that a debt limit deal can be reached after their second meeting with President Joe Biden and as the clock continues to click toward a projected national debt default.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speak with reporters outside of the White House on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. (Nolan Stout/Courthouse News)

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Shareholders reap $1 billion settlement in Wells Fargo fraud fallout

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1 billion to settle a lawsuit from shareholders who said the fake account scandal of 2020 belied the commitment it had made years earlier to clean up its business practices. 

FILE - This July 14, 2014 file photo shows Wells Fargo offices in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Woman convicted of bank fraud paid her debt to society. Now she wants a gun

The burden is on the government when law-abiding citizens are deprived of firearms, a Utah woman told a 10th Circuit panel Tuesday, asking that her right to bear arms be reinstated more than a decade after she pleaded guilty to check fraud.

The Byron White Federal Courthouse in Denver, home of the 10th Circuit. (Amanda Pampuro/Courthouse News)


Analyst: Revised California budget proposal won’t solve fiscal woes

Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget for California, while fixing part of the growing fiscal shortfall, still has a spending problem.  

Gavin Newsom presents his amended proposal for California's 2023 budget. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Salacious $10M suit accuses Giuliani of sex harassment, drunken abuse

A constantly drunk and Viagra-bolstered Rudy Giuliani demanded sexual gratification from a female employee “at any moment,” his former public relations consultant says in a $10 million civil suit that alleges Giuliani stiffed her on what was supposed to be a million-dollar annual salary.

This screenshot of a One America News Network interview with Rudy Giuliani is included in a defamation complaint filed by Dominion Voting Systems. (Image via Courthouse News)

Judge strikes down bulk of NJ law prohibiting guns at ‘sensitive places’

A New Jersey law that bars firearms from schools, beaches and other areas deemed sensitive was gutted on Tuesday by a Republican-appointed federal judge.  

Displayed is a Glock 17 pistol fitted a with a cable style gun lock in Philadelphia on May 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


Nordic media coalition uncovers Russian disinformation campaign

The Russian intelligence service GRU has been in the spotlight in Denmark recently ever since the documentary “The Shadow War” and a series of journalistic investigations revealed how Moscow has carried out disinformation campaigns in Nordic countries and mobilized for a hybrid war.

The Faroe Islands have a wild and rough nature. Like most of the island's small towns, Tjørnuvik, seen here, is located on its own close to the seaside. (Mie Olsen/Courthouse News)
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