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Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

 The Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America.

Investigators: Airplane striking pelican caused deadly crash in Deer Park in 2018

The crash killed the pilot, 25-year-old JooChan "Austen" Lee, a student at Moody Bible Institute who was making his first test flight, according to records released by investigators. Also killed was the instructional pilot, Diego Senn, and fellow student Andrew Trouten, both 30. The aircraft, a Cessna 172, went down in a field about 20 miles northwest of Felts Field, where it left on a clear summer morning more than two years ago. 

Texas AG whistleblowers sue for wrongful firing, retaliation

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican's former senior deputies claims.

Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions

 Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that offers relief to other colleges that consider race in admissions, but also sets the stage for a potential review by an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier

Britain’s High Court on Friday dismissed a libel claim by a Russian businessman against the author of a report on U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Judge grounds U.S. Air Force urban training plans in Idaho

BOISE – The U.S. Air Force violated environmental laws by not adequately studying how noise from military jets coordinating exercises with plain-clothed soldiers on the ground in Idaho could harm humans and wildlife, a judge has ruled.

Trooper’s mic records talk of beating, choking Black man

In graphic, matter-of-fact chatter picked up on his body-camera mic, a Louisiana State trooper implicated in the death of a Black man can be heard talking of beating and choking him before “all of a sudden he just went limp.”

Wisconsin justices weigh removal of 130K from voter rolls

The Wisconsin Supreme Court weighed Tuesday whether to go along with conservatives who argue that 130,000 voters should be removed from the rolls in the hotly contested presidential battleground state, while the Democratic attorney general defended not purging them.

Lawsuit asks court to force Facebook to ban militia posts

Facebook can't be trusted to enforce its ban on violent rhetoric in the run-up to the November elections, as is evident by its refusal to remove a group's call to arms to protect businesses in Kenosha last month before a night of unrest in which two protesters were shot and killed, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Cities sue Census Bureau over ending 2020 head count early

More than a half-dozen cities, counties and civil right groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, saying there was no justification for its decision to cut the 2020 census short by a month, and it will lead to the undercounting of minority communities and an inaccurate head count of every U.S. resident.

Lawsuit against Trump, postal chief seeks proper funding

Several individuals including candidates for public office sued President Donald Trump and the U.S. Postal Service and its new postmaster general in New York on Monday to ensure adequate funding for postal operations.

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday said he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California judge rules Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

A judge on Monday ordered ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, a shift that would guarantee benefits like overtime, sick leave and expense reimbursement for workers who make up much of the freewheeling gig economy.