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Top eight stories for today including Russia's invading forces in Ukraine are making only limited gains despite possessing superior military might; Chapter two in the Theranos legal saga kicks off this week in Silicon Valley; Researchers developed a method for identifying and potentially removing invasive Asian giant hornets, and more.

National

Trump is spending on 2024 like he’s already announced, spurring suit

Democratic super PAC American Bridge filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Monday, claiming former President Donald Trump is violating campaign finance law by spending money on a bid for the White House that he hasn't yet formally announced.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, organized by the political action committee Save America. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Fraud trial of Sunny Balwani, former exec at Theranos, set to kick off

Chapter two in the Theranos legal saga kicks off this week in Silicon Valley, approximately two months after Elizabeth Holmes, the now-disgraced former founder and CEO of the blood-testing company was found guilty on four counts of fraud. This time, her business partner and former boyfriend Sunny Balwani, will stand trial on multiple fraud charges with opening arguments set to begin as early as Tuesday.  

Elizabeth Holmes, center, walks into federal court in San Jose, Calif., Monday. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Regional

Check for $2.9 million sent by California Judicial Council to Courthouse News

A check from the California Judicial Council for $2.9 million arrived at the Courthouse News offices Friday paying for attorney fees spent in a decade-long battle over public access.

Attorney fees from the Judicial Council of California, the end of the yearslong First Amendment battle Courthouse News Service v. Planet.

International

Russia makes limited gains in its brutal invasion of Ukraine

Nineteen days after ordering an invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces continued to be bogged down in fierce fighting with Ukrainian troops on Monday.

Ukrainian soldiers and firefighters search a destroyed building after a bombing attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Netherlands, Australia bring another case against Russia over downing of MH17

The Netherlands and Australia have launched a case at the United Nations' aviation organization over liability for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 after talks with Moscow fell apart. 

Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victim's body in a body bag as pro-Russian fighters stand guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, in July 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, file)

EU preps far-reaching regulation of digital platforms

European Union lawmakers and regulators are closing in on a sweeping plan to regulate digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube that will both force transparency in how their algorithms operate and make it easier to have offensive content removed.  

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)

Science

Researchers develop traps to remove invasive giant hornets

Researchers developed a method for identifying and potentially removing invasive Asian giant hornets using the sex pheromones of the insects.

In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet with a tracking device affixed to it sits on an apple in a tree where it was placed, near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, that an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into the forest. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Opinion

The secret Cowboy daughter

The secret child of a famous person says she was not represented as a toddler. Also, the Pie Queen may be all right.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks on the field before an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Cowboys on Dec. 19, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin, File)

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