Trump Hires Breitbart Exec in Major Campaign Shake-Up

By Dan Mccue

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His presidential campaign continuing to reel from a series of self-inflicted wounds, Donald Trump on Wednesday shook up his staff for the second time since the primaries ended, hiring the executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, and promoting a senior advisor to a new, critical role.

Clinton Blasts Tax-Break Scheming at Ohio Rally

By Erik De La Garza

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Drawing thousands at an Ohio rally, Hillary Clinton had tough words Wednesday for her Republican opponent’s plan to give tax breaks to rich business owners like himself.

San Jose OKs Temporary Fix for Growing Homeless Woes

By Matthew Renda

In an indication of the severity of San Jose’s housing crisis, the City Council agreed to use a 6-acre city parcel to build a village of transitional housing designed to provide immediate relief to the rapidly worsening homeless problem.

Bill to Let Some Felons Vote Clears California Senate

By Nick Cahill

Drawing thousands at an Ohio rally, Hillary Clinton had tough words Wednesday for her Republican opponent’s plan to give tax breaks to rich business owners like himself.

Sources: Manafort Tied to Undisclosed Foreign Lobbying

By Jeff Horowitz, Desmond Butler, AP

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy.

Class Certification Denied for Lawsuit Over Job Statistics

By Lorraine Bailey

A proposed class of students suing Widener University School of Law did not prove that all students relied on supposedly misleading graduate employment statistics in their decision to attend the school, the Third Circuit ruled

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Suing Tinder

John Mellesmoen claims Tinder and its CEO Sean Rad reneged on a promise to reward him for pitching the idea of adding “Super Like” to the dating site, in Superior Court.

No Fair at All

          Rightsizing for Seniors, of Seattle, charged a 92-year-old widow $5,000 to move her possessions from one unit to another in a senior housing complex, she says in King County Court.

California Electricity

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sued Etracom and its primary trader Michael Rosenberg in Federal Court, to confirm a $2.8 million judgment for manipulating electricity prices in 2011.

Politics

    Curry County, Oregon, fired a worker for refusing to do political work for commissioners on county time, and her boss told her “she will need to work on putting herself in situations where she will not witness unethical behavior,” the whistleblower claims in Curry County Court.

Employment Discrimination

     St. Louis-based Kasco harassed, discriminated against and illegally fired a woman because she is an observant Muslim and from Afghanistan, the EEOC claims in Federal Court.

Evaporated Cane Juice

     A federal judge Tuesday denied Lifeway Foods’ request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of misleadlingly labeling sugar as “evaporated cane juice.”

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raising money using a crowd-funding platform as he fights the Los Angeles Times’ bid to have his defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit dismissed.

Irate Dissents Over Teen's Tossed Confession

By Elizabeth Warmerdam

Saying the court has “let a confessed murderer walk,” a judge slammed the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday for voting against an en banc rehearing.

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“I am not Rana,” an innocent man indicted in a Mexican drug cartel conspiracy, and jailed for 36 days, says he told DEA agents who arrested him and insisted he was a drug dealer known as the Frog.

   In a lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, an Iranian refugee claims that a documentary outed him as a homosexual, subjecting him to violence and persecution in the Islamic republic.

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   A baby with intractable epilepsy can be treated with nonpsychoactive cannabis oil, but New Mexico refuses to license enough medical marijuana growers to make the medicine she needs, her mother says in a lawsuit against the state.

   A baby with intractable epilepsy can be treated with nonpsychoactive cannabis oil, but New Mexico refuses to license enough medical marijuana growers to make the medicine she needs, her mother says in a lawsuit against the state.

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Ex-Banker Found Guilty of Insider Trading

By Kevin Lessmiller

   A former Manhattan investment banker was convicted Wednesday of inside trading when a jury found that he shared $1 million in illegal profits after tipping off his father to mergers and acquisitions.

Disgraced Bronx Politico Can't Keep Pension

By Adam Klasfeld

  A jailed former politician’s pension is not safe from forfeiture proceedings over his bribery scheme involving adult day care centers, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Navy Sonar Approved Despite Court Ruling
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     The Navy has received authorization to continue the use of sonar, despite a recent court finding that it is illegal.

Ex-US Prosecutor Upbraided for Ethics Lapses

By Molly Willims

   Federal auditors upbraided a former chief law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for disregarding ethics training by hosting fundraisers at his home for fellow Democrats while he was in office.

Aaron Hernandez Faces February Trial Start

By Zack Huffman

  The new attorney representing convicted killer Aaron Hernandez scored a delay Tuesday for the start of the former football star’s next murder trial.

Feds Take Aim at African Mining Bribery Plot

By Nick Divito

   A man from Gabon was arrested Tuesday on charges that he raked in $3.5 million by helping bribe African officials for mineral-mining rights.

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   A man from Gabon was arrested Tuesday on charges that he raked in $3.5 million by helping bribe African officials for mineral-mining rights.

Katt Williams

    A woman accused Micah “Katt” Williams of assaulting her — the 10th such lawsuit against the comedian, this one in Federal Court.

Guns

  The California Rifle & Pistol Association sued Attorney General Kamala Harris and the sheriff of Los Angeles County, claiming they deny permits to carry concealed guns too frequently, in Federal Court.

Sounding Alarm, Investor Demands Tesla's Books

By Rose Bouboushian

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Urging a court to let him inspect Tesla’s books, an investor says the electric car manufacturer offers contradictory explanations for missed sales goals, amid “troubling” executive turnover. 

Children's Hospital Calls Out HMO Administrator

By Kevin Koeninger

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    Managed healthcare administrator CareSource refused to approve $3.5 million in life-saving treatments for a hemophiliac baby on the bogus claim that the commonly used drug is “experimental,” a children’s hospital claims in court.  

Shareholders Peeved

By Lorraine Bailey

Johnson Controls’ planned tax inversion via its acquisition of the Irish-based Tyco International will leave U.S. shareholders with a huge tax bill and reduced equity in the new company, investors claim.  

Shareholders Peeved

By Lorraine Bailey

Johnson Controls’ planned tax inversion via its acquisition of the Irish-based Tyco International will leave U.S. shareholders with a huge tax bill and reduced equity in the new company, investors claim.  

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2nd Circ. Pressed to Keep Rikers Rape Case Alive

By Adam Klasfeld

New York City insists that it’s reformed Rikers Island enough to dodge a class action seeking court oversight over systemic rape in the women’s jail, but the Second Circuit sharply questioned that premise at a hearing on Wednesday.

Attorney Wants $10M for Courthouse Brawl

By Don Debenedictis

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A criminal defense attorney claims an investigator for the Orange County District Attorney’s office beat him up during a courthouse confrontation that was inflamed by a scandal over prosecutors’ use of jailhouse informants.

Shareholders Peeved

By Lorraine Bailey

Johnson Controls’ planned tax inversion via its acquisition of the Irish-based Tyco International will leave U.S. shareholders with a huge tax bill and reduced equity in the new company, investors claim.  

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Power plant operator Entergy fired a nuclear security officer with 10 years on the job after a dispute over working overtime, the former U.S. Marine claims in a federal complaint.  

Nonprofit Corporations

Losing its bid for $9.1 million more in its tax refund, the hospital conglomerate Detroit Medical Status failed to persuade the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday that nonprofit corporations should be treated as nonprofits rather than as corporations. 

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The FBI missed a deadline to turn over any records it has on the late boxer Muhammad Ali, the conservative group Judicial Watch says in a federal complaint.

80,000 Evacuated as SoCal Wildfire Rages

By Matt Reynolds

A wildfire raging out of control 60 miles east of Los Angeles doubled in size overnight to 30,000 acres, triggering the emergency evacuation of tens of thousands of people by Wednesday morning.

McDonald's Wage Theft Class Action Advances

By Maria Dinzeo

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A wage-theft class action against McDonald’s will proceed, a federal judge ruled, though McDonald’s Corp. may not exercise enough control over franchise working conditions to be liable for the class’s claims. 

No Right to Counsel Before Breath Test in MA

By Zack Huffman

Suspected drunk drivers in Massachusetts do not have a right to consult with an attorney before taking a breathalyzer test, the state’s highest court ruled.

Politically Embattled Plant Again Protected

By Ramona Young-Grindle

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Slickspot peppergrass appears to have won its latest battle for federal protection, after cattle ranchers challenged the listing in court.

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Nicole Murray v. Lifetime Brands Inc.

   A woman who bought fruit bowls from mikasa.com says the website run by Lifetime Brands made her agree to terms of service that absolved it of any responsibility over the services and products it sells.

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