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Bergdahl Calls Fair Trial Impossible Under Trump

President Donald Trump’s repeated condemnation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “dirty, rotten traitor” makes it impossible for the soldier to receive a fair trial on desertion and misbehavior charges, Bergdahl’s attorney told his Army court.

U.S. ECONOMY

Trump Withdraws U.S. From Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

President Donald Trump on Monday formally withdrew the United States from the behemoth Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, an agreement he repeatedly assailed during his presidential campaign. The president also signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring, and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

Former Congresswoman Picked to Lead Air Force

President Donald Trump on  Monday announced former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson as his choice for secretary of the Air Force.

Teen Says Cheerleaders Took Cruel Shower Pics

A cheerleader claims in a lawsuit against her high school that administrators wouldn’t let her transfer schools unless she promised not to sue after her teammates took nude pictures of her in a shower, passed them around and posted them on SnapChat.

7th Circuit Intervenes in HIV Deportation Case

A Honduran man will get a second shot at asylum after a divided Seventh Circuit ruled he cannot be forced to hide his HIV-positive status to protect himself from homophobia if he’s deported.

Case of D.C. Party Bust Heads to High Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case where revelers found themselves in police custody after saying a mysterious woman named “Peaches” sanctioned their bachelor party in a vacant house.

Trans Cases Flood Courts Ahead of Inauguration

In the months leading up to President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, transgender Americans have flooded courts with petitions to change their name and gender on legal documents – fearing those rights could be challenged under a new administration.

Entergy Sues Feds Over Nuclear Fuel Waste

Entergy Louisiana LLC sued the U.S. Department of Energy, claiming the federal government failed to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high level nuclear waste from the utility’s River Bend Nuclear Generating Station.

Legal Hotshots Blast Trump’s Foreign Cash Ties:
‘a Creeping, Insidious Threat to the Republic’

Citing his “vast, complicated and secret” business interests, prominent attorneys said in a federal complaint Monday that newly minted President Donald Trump’s foreign entanglements could pose a “creeping, insidious threat to the republic.”

Connecticut Golf Course Sued Over Quicksand

A golfer who had to be rescued from a pit of quicksand in Connecticut wants a court to make the Candlewood Valley Country Club pay damages.

At Least 1 Million Protest Trump Around Country

Protesters take to the streets in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. (Photo by Kelsey Jukam, CNS)

More than a million people filled the streets of hundreds of U.S. cities on Saturday, protesting a new administration they fear will roll back civil rights.

41 Remain in Gitmo as Trump Era Dawns

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Transferring four men on his last day in office, President Barack Obama failed to fulfill the promise from the first day of his tenure to close Guantanamo Bay’s prison. He left 41 men for his successor, Donald Trump.

Wine Seller Disputes Michigan Shipping Ban

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Three wine-loving Michiganders and an Indiana wine retailer filed a federal lawsuit Friday against Michigan officials, challenging a law that prohibits out-of-state retailers from sending wine to Wolverine State consumers.

CEO Under Fire in Whistleblower Retaliation Trial

On the second full day of a whistleblower retaliation trial, the CEO of a biotech company was asked why he typed up and backdated a negative job review for the general counsel he had fired the month before.

Agencies Partner to Save Imperiled Monarch Butterfly

Two federal agencies have made conservation of the monarch butterfly a national priority and will focus their efforts on the pollinator’s migration route through the Midwest.

Disaster Declared for
West Coast Fisheries

Nine West Coast salmon and crab fisheries have been declared a disaster, allowing fishing communities to seek relief from the federal government.

Hatchimals:
From Boom to Bust

A federal class action claims that Hatchimals, the nationwide toy craze that hatches from an egg, don’t always hatch, producing unhappiness in families that the filing attorney says can range from “extreme disappointment to tragic.”

OPINION

A Spiritual Era

We may be living in a new era of spirituality. With the state of the world these days – assuming the world is still around when and if you’re able to read this – we’re going to have to find ways to calm ourselves down.

Apple Slaps Qualcomm With $1B Antitrust Suit

Two days after being sued by the Federal Trade Commission, chipmaker Qualcomm was hit with another antitrust complaint from one of its biggest customers – Apple.

ID Theft or No, Breach Supports Class Action

The Third Circuit revived a federal class action by customers of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield whose personal information was compromised from the theft of two laptops from the insurer’s New Jersey offices.

Gay Couple’s Adoption Tossed So They Can Marry

A Pennsylvania man who adopted his same-sex partner can undo the adoption to marry him, the state’s superior court ruled.

Calif. Judges Wowed by Tool to Assess Criminal Defendants' Risks

At its meeting Thursday, California’s Judicial Council heard presentations on reducing recidivism, evidence-based methods on assessing pretrial risk, and how keeping kids in school can keep them out of jail.