Cafeteria workers on Capitol Hill will recoup over $1 million in back pay after an investigation by the Labor Department found private contractors were misclassifying employees to pay them less than they should have.

     Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will formally endorse Hillary Clinton's selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate on Wednesday; in the meantime Donald Trump asks Russia to find missing Clinton emails and Fox News' Bill OReilly sparks controversy.

     Oakland voters will decide an initiative to set up a civilian police commission, but activists and some City Council members say the measure doesn't go far enough to address decades of department scandals.

     A constitutional question of whether sealed death certificates of the 9/11 victims can be admitted as evidence took center stage Tuesday in pretrial hearings for the five men accused of plotting the hijackings.

     A woman who successfully sued airlines in the 1970s claiming a lack of notice on overbooking policies now says United Airlines' undisclosed policy of sending checked bags ahead of passengers puts passengers at risk of terror acts. 

     An Iowa appeals court on Wednesday upheld a former lottery employee's conviction for tampering with number-generating computers to rig a $16 million jackpot, but reversed a conviction for trying to cash in. 


     Olympia, Wash. has gone to court against a citizens' initiative that would establish an income tax for Olympia residents who earn more than $200,000 a year, calling the proposal unconstitutional. 

     Two police officers who fired 13 shots and killed a black man after one of their guns discharged are not entitled to immunity, the Sixth Circuit ruled. 


     Arizona Facilities Supply sued Scottsdale Indemnity Co. for refusing to cover the theft of $425,554 worth of medical marijuana, despite AFS' being current on its $96,100 premium payment, in Maricopa County Court. 

     State Street Bank and Trust will pay $382.4 million for misleading mutual funds and other clients by applying hidden markups to foreign currency exchange trades, the SEC said Tuesday: $167.4 million in disgorgement and penalties to the SEC, $155 million in fines, and at least $60 million to ERISA plan clients.

     California accuses several Fitness Evolution outlets and their managing member Sanjiv Kumar Chopra of false advertising and unfair business practices in health studios, including automatic renewals, cancellation fees and seizing money from bank accounts, in Santa Cruz County Court. 

     The United States seized 47 guns, at least 13 of which were stolen, from a gang that, among other things, traded a pound of meth for 40 guns, according to the federal complaint. 

     CVS Health Corp. fails to protect its pharmacy employees to cancer chemotherapy drugs, a pharmacist claims in a class action in Orange County Court. 

     A former employee claims in a class action that real estate investment firm Kennedy-Wilson did not pay her for overtime, give her adequate meal or rest periods, or pay her final wages promptly.

     President Barack Obama will tout Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's readiness to lead Wednesday night, telling delegates and Americans tuning in from home that nothing truly prepares you for managing a global crisis or sending people to war, "but Hillary's been in the room; she's been part of those decisions."

     Vice President Joe Biden entered the Democratic National Convention on Monday night to the theme song from "Rocky" and was greeted with thunderous cheers and "Joe" signs and chants.

     Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea during a Florida news conference Wednesday, beseeching Russian hackers to find a supposed 30,000 missing emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server, adding that if found, their handiwork would reveal "some beauties."

     Refusing to comply with their "unprecedented" subpoenas, attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts and an advocacy group drew battle lines against climate change-denying House Committee on Science chairman in scathing letters.

     A private equity firm has joined the fray in a scandal involving Malaysian's prime minister, claiming Goldman Sachs used its connections with the official to push through a bogus bank merger. 

     A Canadian mining company is not liable for environmental damage potentially caused by toxic chemicals released from its smelter that drifted over the U.S. border into Washington state, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

     The European Space Agency's Sentinel-3 satellite caught this image of a dust storm blowing across the Red Sea on Monday.

     Texas agreed to settle a lawsuit from immigrant parents that will make it easier for their U.S.-born children to receive birth certificates. 

     Louisiana televangelist Jimmy Swaggart's church owes $1.65 million for illegally terminating a broadcasting contract, a Illinois-based media company claims in federal court. 

     A Lebanese man was extradited from Malaysia to Brooklyn on Tuesday to face federal charges of being the ringleader of a high-end money counterfeit plot with ties to his mother country and Iran.

     A federal judge ruled that ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting did not defame the founder of a security software business by claiming the business's "technical capabilities were lacking." 

     The parents of a varsity cheerleader seriously injured after being told to sit on the edge of a trailer during a homecoming parade are suing her school and teachers for negligence. 

     The United States criminally charged three Bakersfield residents with conspiring to make and distribute synthetic marijuana, and also seeks forfeiture of $1.3 million in cash and bank accounts, three guns, two silencers, ammunition and other stuff, in Federal Court. 

     Volkswagen's 2013 through 2015 Audi Q5s and 2013 through 2015 Audi Q7s lock without warning and without instruction from the driver, a class action claims in Federal Court. 

     The government can't force Missouri Sen. Paul Weiland to pay for group health insurance for his family that includes required coverage for contraception, which they deem religiously objectionable, a federal judge ruled.  

     Prosecutors and defense attorneys offered dual versions of a "Sunday drive" analogy on Wednesday, before jurors began deciding if Pacific Gas and Electric violated pipeline safety laws and obstructed a federal investigation.

     Those who advocate for reforming the way states draw their district maps say the next few years are critical for their movement, but advocates are divided on what new system to implement and the Democratic Party platform offers no specifics.


     Nearly 35 years after attempting to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr. can live full-time outside a mental hospital, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

     The viral Ice Bucket Challenge celebrated its second anniversary over the weekend with news that money raised by the campaign led to the discovery of a gene that could be critical to developing future treatments for ALS.

     Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped remaining charges against officers awaiting trial for the death of Freddie Gray, ending the case without a single conviction.

     A Florida circuit court judge on Wednesday dismissed a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the July 2014 fatal shooting of a 33-year-old black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle. 


     Arizona's latest illegal attack on immigrants is to reduce their Medicaid benefits to "emergency only," in violation of the Constitution and the Medicaid Act, refugees say in a federal class action. 


     The 10th Circuit ruled that a school police officer and two school employees have qualified immunity in a series of civil lawsuits which arose from the arrest and strip-searching of an Albuquerque middle-schooler. 

     An Arizona woman who was fatally shot by a police officer earlier this year had medical scissors in her hand as she approached the lawman, body camera video shows.

     Larry Darnell Gordon, the prisoner who killed two bailiffs and wounded two other persons at the Berrien County Courthouse on July 11, had a long criminal history, according to court documents.

     A prosecutor said Tuesday that he'll seek the death penalty against an Indianapolis man who he says killed three people in four days in attacks inspired by the horror movie "The Purge."

     Directors are selling Xura (software) too cheaply through an unfair process to Siris Capital Group, for $25 a share or $643 million, shareholders claim in Federal Court. 


     With the Golden State broiling and a pair of destructive wildfires wreaking havoc, state schools chief Tom Torlakson — acting as governor — declared states of emergency in two counties on Tuesday.

     The first aircraft to fly around the world using only the sun's energy touched down in Abu Dhabi Tuesday, completing an unprecedented 25,000-mile journey that began more than a year ago.

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     The European Commission on Wednesday expressed concern for the rule of law in Poland, citing ongoing political turmoil that has spilled into the nation's constitutional court.

     Two Wisconsin girls will stand trial as adults after nearly succeeding in murdering their classmate at age 12, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. 


     SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews its sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover.

     Sixty-nine people were arrested as police cleared demonstrators from the street in front of the Minnesota governor's mansion.


     A Houston doctor who used his prescription pad like an ATM machine, prescribing 1.6 million oxycodone pills in two years, faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him Tuesday of drug conspiracy.

     Alabama's parole board rejected an appeal for release by a woman convicted of putting her 14-month-old daughter into a hot oven in 2002.

     More horrifying details emerged Wednesday about an attack on a French village church even as the country's main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting with President Francois Hollande in Paris.

     The European Union's executive refrained Wednesday from calling for heavy fines against Spain and Portugal for breaching budget rules and sought instead to set "new fiscal paths" for the two countries.

     In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.

     Some 100 men and boys, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, have been protesting Europe's migrant policies for several days. On Wednesday they launched a hunger strike to press their message to European leaders.

     Parents whose daughter died of a drug overdose at a "Hard Fest" rave in August 2015 sued Live Nation Entertainment, Los Angeles County, the L.A. County Fair Association, Staff Pro Inc., and the City of Pomona, in Superior Court.

     A federal class action claiming that Doordash marks up the prices of restaurant food it delivers was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice Tuesday by the filers.