Heirs Sue Bavaria for Return of Nazi-Looted Art

Nazis called art collector Alfred Flechtheim the “art Jew” in the “Jewish world conspiracy” that was defiling the “German people’s soul,” but that didn’t stop them from looting his paintings when he fled for his life, his heirs claim in a lawsuit against Bavaria.

California Threatens to Use Eminent Domain in Beach Access Fight

A sharp escalation in the battle between the state of California and a Silicon Valley billionaire occurred this week, after the State Lands Commission ordered a formal study exploring the use of eminent domain at Martens Beach near Half Moon Bay.

Ex-L.A. Sheriff Called Ringleader of Conspiracy

The trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca began Wednesday with a federal prosecutor calling him the “heartbeat” of a conspiracy to obstruct an FBI investigation of brutality in the jail system.

President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food CEO and minimum wage-hike opponent Andy Puzder to lead the Department of Labor, multiple news outlets reported Thursday. The Trump transition office has not commented.

Use of Personal Email Debated in California Public Records Case

California’s high court grappled Wednesday with just how much privacy a public employee can expect when using a personal phone or email account to discuss work matters, in the city of San Jose’s challenge of whether the California Public Records Act should apply to unofficial texts and emails that pertain to the people’s business.

Energy Firm Must Pay for Unused Wind Power

An energy company must honor its agreement to pay for wind power a farm generates even if it is not transmitted due to power grid overload, the Seventh Circuit ruled.

Illinois Bible Schools Seek to Issue Degrees

Illinois Bible colleges tried Thursday to convince the Seventh Circuit that the state has no business evaluating the merit of programs that prepare students for Christian ministry.

Foie Gras Practices Turn Stomachs in 9th

Although gourmands across California rejoiced after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on foie gras, the controversial delicacy may again disappear from California’s ritziest restaurants after the Ninth Circuit indicated Wednesday that its production is cruel.

Filmmakers Sue to Turn Down Same-Sex Couples

The married owners of a video production company claim Minnesota violated their religious freedom by imposing significant penalties if they decline wedding service to same-sex couples.

Ex-Nicaraguan Soccer President Pleads Guilty

One of the seven former FIFA officials arrested in May 2015 on bribery charges has pleaded guilty for his role in the growing soccer racketeering scandal.

Suspects Nabbed in Armored-Car Robbery Plot

Four suspected members of a Houston armored-car robbery crew who were arrested Wednesday in an FBI sting, during which their ringleader was killed, made their first appearances Thursday in federal court.

California Dems Eager to Flex Supermajority Muscle

California Democrats are back in complete control of the Legislature after voters on Election Day granted the party the holy grail of state politics – a supermajority in both chambers.

John Glenn, First American in Orbit, Dies

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Funding Bill Passes, With Waiver for Trump Pick

The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion, short-term funding bill Thursday that will keep the government open through April.

‘Moral’ Electoral College Members Demand Right to Bump Trump

Two presidential electors have asked Colorado to allow them to vote for someone other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the Dec. 19 Electoral College vote, in hope of garnering 37 votes from across the country to invalidate Trump’s election.