President Joe Biden offered his Russian counterpart a chance to improve relations with the United States as the two sides vowed to open dialogue on several fronts.
Turns out space can get dusty too.
by MADELINE REYES
Firelight transformed how early humans utilized their rocky dwellings.
by JASON SANDEFUR
Court administrators in Oregon are enforcing an access policy identical to one that was enforced in California courts and found in violation of the First Amendment.
The honeymoon may not be over per se, but Americans’ feelings toward the 46th president have tempered some as the administration traverses the rocky partisan shoals of its second 100 days.
The ACLU fought to halt prolonged detention of inmates found incompetent to stand trial.
by DUSTIN MANDUFFIE
by ANDY MONSERUD
by DANIEL CONRAD
by MOLLY QUELL
U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein is remembered as prioritizing humanity throughout his five-decade term, calling out the cruelty of minimum sentences and the drug cases where they abound.
Across the Nation
A federal appeals panel says it is Congress, not the courts, that should decide whether to foist U.S. citizenship on people of a territory thousands of miles away who may not want it.
The Temblor legless lizard and Santa Ana speckled dace have faced threats from climate change, wildfires development and invasive species — protected status could save their rapidly declining populations.
by SAMANTHA HAWKINS
Southern California’s iconic nuclear power plant has remained a fixture along San Diego County coastline even after its closure in 2013.
by NATHAN SOLIS
by JOSH RUSSELL
by CAMERON LANGFORD
In episode 2 of our new podcast, we break down this spring’s dramatic — and right-leaning — Texas legislative session, the federal trial into the failure of a cryogenic tank containing human embryos and eggs, and an upcoming fight over California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines.
by NICK CAHILL
by KELSEY JUKAM
A federal court in New York denied MTA Trading’s request to dismiss a complaint accusing it of breaching a purchase agreement with Energizer by reselling batteries to co-defendant Best Deal. Energizer claims the defendants have been falsely advertising that the batteries they sell online are new, confusing consumers and harming the battery company. A court in Colorado ordered Masterpiece Cakeshop to pay $500 to a transgender woman for refusing to make a birthday cake for her that also reflected her transition from male to female. The court ruled the defendants violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act’s prohibition against “discrimination in a place of public accommodation.” The Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of some of Rhode Island’s claims against Google’s holding company Alphabet pertaining to a Google+ data breach. The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a federally chartered tribal corporation’s suit against California’s attorney general seeking injunctive relief against taxes imposed on inter-tribal sales of cigarettes. The Eighth Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of Iowa Department of Corrections and Iowa State Penitentiary officials on an inmate’s claims they violated his First Amendment right to freely exercise his Hebrew Israelite religion by refusing to supply him with kosher meals during Passover and Sukkot while he was being held in an administrative segregation unit.
From the Walt Girdner Studio
Street peddler at night. From Walt Girdner's Europe collection.
Swing time. From Walt Girdner's America collection.
Bicycle cops on the streets of Paris. From Walt Girdner's Paris collection.
Beasts of burden plowing a field in Africa. From Walt Girdner's color collection.
An Indiana teachers union is suing the state over a new law that requires teachers to complete a three-step process each year in order to keep paying union dues. Two founding members of the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain sued Warner Music in federal court, claiming the label refuses their “second chance” demands to reclaim the copyrights to their work as required under the Copyright Act. A group of Indiana residents sued the state’s Republican governor over his decision to end participation in the enhanced federal unemployment insurance program offered during the pandemic, arguing the move violates state law and will prevent from being able to cover basic living expenses.
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution establishing a national holiday for Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration of the emancipation of more than 250,000 slaves at the close of the Civil War.
Former San Francisco Department of Human Resources manager Rebecca Sherman has been charged with two counts of felony forgery for allegedly falsifying documents that purported to settle a lawsuit with an employee who had filed a complaint.
Science & Technology
Environment & Health
Throngs of tourists from all parts of the globe circle Rome's (arguably) most famous site, the Colosseum. The largest ancient amphitheater ever built --- and the largest still standing --- the impressive structure took just eight years to build, from 72 until 80 A.D. The colosseum could hold up to 80,000 spectators who enjoyed everything from gladiator battles, animal hunts, plays and executions. (Courthouse News photo / William Dotinga)
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