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    1. Google and Youtube Face Lawsuit Over Racial Profiling Accusations

      Google and Youtube Face Lawsuit Over Racial Profiling Accusations

      Several black content creators filed a federal class action Wednesday accusing YouTube and Google of using racial profiling in algorithms and artificial intelligence that filter and censor their video content so it reaches fewer viewers, similar to improper censorship of LGBTQ+ content creators the tech giants said was fixed years ago.

      In the 103-page lawsuit, with 136 pages of attachments, four content creators — Kimberly Carleste Newman, Lisa Cabrera, Catherine Jones and Denotra Nicole Lewis — claim YouTube’s content restrictions “are not the result of an identity and viewpoint-blind review and application of the rules.”

      The women — whose YouTube channels have recorded millions of views — say the same “triggers” used by YouTube to profile its users and their viewpoints came under ...

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    2. Tiger King Joe Exotic Demands New Judge Following Accusations of 'Homophobia'

      Tiger King Joe Exotic Demands New Judge Following Accusations of 'Homophobia'

      “Tiger King” docuseries star Joe Exotic demanded Monday that the federal judge overseeing his $93 million civil lawsuit against the federal government step aside, accusing him of being biased, homophobic and an animal rights supporter.

      Exotic – real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage – says U.S. District Judge Scott Palk in Oklahoma City is the same judge who sentenced him to 22 years in federal prison after his criminal trial last year. Exotic was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder Carole Baskin – a competing tiger sanctuary owner in Florida. He was also convicted of falsifying wildlife records and violating endangered animal laws when he killed and sold tigers.

      Exotic had a cult following on YouTube for several years with ...

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    3. Craft Brewer Trademark War Against MillerCoors Headed to Trial

      Craft Brewer Trademark War Against MillerCoors Headed to Trial

      A David-versus-Goliath beer industry fight will go to trial after a federal judge ruled a jury must decide whether MillerCoors violated San Diego brewer Stone Brewing’s trademark during a marketing campaign makeover.

      U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez found it was a “close call” in deciding whether to grant Stone Brewing’s motion for summary judgment on its trademark infringement claim against the Keystone beer maker, but ultimately found it was a decision for a jury. “Evaluating all the factors and the evidence provided by the parties, the court cannot find plaintiff has, as a matter of law, demonstrated a likelihood of consumer confusion, although it is a close call,” Benitez wrote.

      The judge found a triable issue remains ...

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    4. Jewish Couple Sue American Airlines for Discrimination

      Jewish Couple Sue American Airlines for Discrimination

      An Orthodox Jewish couple says in a federal lawsuit that they were kicked off an American Airlines plane because the pilot claimed, falsely, that they had offensive body odor. The couple says the airline defamed them with false statements to the press that several passengers and crew members had complained that they smelled.

      Yehuda Yosef Adler and his wife Jennie Adler say they had just settled into their seats with their 19-month-old daughter in Miami for a flight home to Detroit when an American Airlines gate agent came up and told Mr. Adler: “Sir, there’s an emergency and you must deplane.”

      The Adlers say they had showered that morning, so they were shocked when they were told the pilot ...

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    5. Ex-Senator Fights Kickback Scheme Conviction at 8th Circuit

      Ex-Senator Fights Kickback Scheme Conviction at 8th Circuit

      ST. LOUIS (CN) – Attorneys for a former Arkansas state senator and his associate argued before the Eighth Circuit on Thursday that their convictions related to a kickback scheme should be dismissed.

      Jonathan Woods was convicted of directing approximately $600,0000 in government grants to nonprofits whose officers paid them kickbacks. Woods, a Republican, joined the Arkansas Senate in 2013 after three terms in the House.

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    6. White House Vaping Ban Targets Popular Flavors

      White House Vaping Ban Targets Popular Flavors

      Popular flavors of electronic cigarette cartridges will vanish from store shelves in 2020, as the Trump administration announced a ban on many of those products Thursday while allowing others to stay on the market.

      Fruit, candy and dessert-like flavors, which are popular with high school students and other underage users, will be removed from the market, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration.

      The new FDA enforcement policy noted that 5 million U.S. middle and high school students admitted to using some form of cartridge-based vaping device last year.

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    7. PG&E Will Save $500M in Bankruptcy Case

      PG&E Will Save $500M in Bankruptcy Case

      SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – In a move that will save Pacific Gas and Electric at least $500 million, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Monday night that a lower federal interest rate applies to all debts in the embattled utility’s bankruptcy case.

      U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali sided with PG&E’s position that the federal judgment interest rate must apply to debts in Chapter 11 cases where the debtor is financially solvent.

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    8. Judge OKs $85M Health Benefits Settlement for Lab Workers

      Judge OKs $85M Health Benefits Settlement for Lab Workers

      A California judge signed off on an $84.5 million settlement between the University of California and a class of former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees in a deal that will secure lifetime health care benefits for roughly 9,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.

      The settlement was 10 years in the making. Former lab workers sued the UC system in August 2010, claiming it broke its promise to provide them with lifetime health care after the lab was turned over to the private entity Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS).

      Though the retirees retained their UC pensions, they lost their UC-sponsored health care to a less comprehensive and more expensive plan from LLNS. As repayment for that loss, $60 million ...

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    9. Wisconsin Governor Denies Pardon for ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject

      Wisconsin Governor Denies Pardon for ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject

      Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Friday denied pardon or a sentence commutation for Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” fame, all but eliminating any possibility that he will be released from prison.

      In a one-page letter addressed to Dassey, the Democratic governor said Dassey is ineligible for a pardon because he has not completed his entire sentence and has not registered as a sex offender as required by Wisconsin law.

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    10. Florida Justices Rule 'Stand Your Ground' Changes Are Not Retroactive

      Florida Justices Rule 'Stand Your Ground' Changes Are Not Retroactive

      Changes made two years ago to Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law that switched the burden of proof cannot be applied retroactively, the state’s high court ruled Thursday.

      The long-anticipated ruling affects several Floridians who face charges after losing their initial “stand your ground” hearings, in which they had to prove they were acting in self-defense when using force.

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    11. DC Circuit Upholds Federal Regulation of E-Cigarettes

      DC Circuit Upholds Federal Regulation of E-Cigarettes

      The D.C. Circuit extinguished a sweeping legal challenge from an e-cigarette company claiming the Food and Drug Administration has violated federal law and the Constitution in how it has chosen to regulate the company’s products.

      The challenge came from the e-cigarette manufacturer Nicopure and the Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition, an e-cigarette industry group. Together they claimed regulatory decisions the FDA made on e-cigarettes were out of step with the Tobacco Control Act, the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act.

      The D.C. Circuit disagreed with their arguments in a 48-page opinion filed Tuesday, noting e-cigarettes are addictive and come with health risks that are still not entirely clear.

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    12. Warren Vows Path to Citizenship for Migrants

      Warren Vows Path to Citizenship for Migrants

      Two former undocumented immigrants who once worked for President Donald Trump and his family warmed up the crowd at a food-service union’s town hall meeting in Las Vegas, where Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren vowed to create a path to citizenship for workers from other countries. 

      Nearly 350 people packed a meeting room just off the Strip for the event hosted by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which will host another event Tuesday with Senator Bernie Sanders and one Wednesday with former Vice President Joe Biden. 

      Nevada went to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but just barely. President Donald Trump garnered 45.98% of that vote, while 47.5% voted for Clinton. That narrow margin makes Nevada a target ...

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    13. Horrible Landfill Stench Wafts Into 3rd Circuit

      Horrible Landfill Stench Wafts Into 3rd Circuit

      There’s a landfill in eastern Pennsylvania whose odor, residents say, extends for 20 square miles. The Third Circuit heard arguments about whether one couple can seek damages on behalf of the entire community.

      Eric Klein, an attorney for the Bethlehem Landfill Co., urged the federal appeals court to affirm dismissal, insisting that the class led by Robin and Dexter Baptiste is too big.

      Last June, the Baptistes filed suit on behalf of 8,400 households that live within a 2.5-mile radius of the 224-acre landfill waste-management site. The landfill estimates the proposed class would include roughly 20,000 individuals.

      When a private nuisance gets this big, Klein said, local authorities should handle the matter. An attorney with the ...

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    14. Abortion Foes Will Face Criminal Charges in Undercover Video Case

      Abortion Foes Will Face Criminal Charges in Undercover Video Case

      Anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt will go to trial on nine counts of criminal eavesdropping and conspiring to invade the privacy of abortion providers at an industry conference in 2014 and at a Pasadena, California, restaurant.

      David Daleiden, an anti-abortion activist charged with invasion of privacy for filming attendees at National Abortion Federation conferences in California.

      San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite ruled that the California Attorney General presented sufficient evidence at a three-week preliminary hearing in September that the pair committed a criminal offense when they where they covertly recorded conversations with abortion providers National Abortion Federation’s 2014 meeting at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

      Under California Penal Code, a conviction on a ...

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    15. NV Court Upholds Shield Law Protections for Digital Outlets

      NV Court Upholds Shield Law Protections for Digital Outlets

      (CN) – The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that operating as a digital-only news outlet is not grounds for disqualification from the Silver State’s robust shield laws.

      While some watching the case closely were hoping for a more sweeping ruling that included the blog involved in the case at hand, the ruling offers comfort for several digital-only news enterprises that the laws governing a journalists right to protect the confidentiality of their sources and unpublished information will be upheld.

      The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that operating as a digital-only news outlet is not grounds for disqualification from the Silver State’s robust shield laws.

      While some watching the case closely were hoping for a more sweeping ruling that included ...

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    16. Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted in Price-Fixing Conspiracy

      Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted in Price-Fixing Conspiracy

      The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry’s top three companies.

      A jury in San Francisco found Christopher Lischewski guilty after a four-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice said. He had pleaded not guilty.

      Prosecutors said Lischewski conspired with others in the industry to eliminate competition by setting prices for canned tuna from November 2010 until December 2013.

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    17. Guiliani Associate Cleared to Comply With Impeachment Subpoena

      Guiliani Associate Cleared to Comply With Impeachment Subpoena

      MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge paved the way on Monday for Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas to comply with a House subpoena for information relevant to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

      “I certainly expect to grant that request,” U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken told Parnas’ attorney Joseph Brody, adding that he hoped prosecutors would turn over the evidence as soon as possible.

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    18. Child-Sex Charge Upheld Against Trump Campaign Aide

      Child-Sex Charge Upheld Against Trump Campaign Aide

      A onetime informal adviser to the Trump campaign who is charged with bringing a 14-year-old Czech boy to the United States for sex failed to persuade a federal judge that the crime is too old to prosecute.

      In a three-count indictment unsealed in July, prosecutors alleged that George Nader brought the boy to Washington in 2000 after being introduced by way of a European pimp. “Night after night,” the indictment alleges, Nader assaulted and exploited the boy while withholding his passport to keep control over him.

      Prosecutors also claim Nader threatened the boy’s mother, telling her she would be jailed if she were to report him.

      Now it is 60-year-old Nader in jail as he awaits his trial on ...

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    19. Ex-Sheriff's Captain Charged With Illegal Drugs, Firearms Trafficking

      Ex-Sheriff's Captain Charged With Illegal Drugs, Firearms Trafficking

      A former San Diego County Sheriff’s Department captain was indicted Friday on charges he allegedly ran an illegal firearms trafficking business in part to cultivate future donors for his anticipated campaign for sheriff of San Diego County.

      Marco Garmo, a former San Diego Sheriff’s captain of the Rancho San Diego Station and 27-year department veteran, was arrested Friday and arraigned on charges related to an illegal firearms trafficking operation he allegedly ran during his tenure as captain of the east San Diego County station for nearly three years.

      He’s also accused of tipping off his cousin, who is the partner in an illegal marijuana dispensary called “Campo Greens,” based on information Garmo received of an impending warrant ...

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    20. Judge Blocks Ban on Asylum for Immigrants Waiting in Mexico

      Judge Blocks Ban on Asylum for Immigrants Waiting in Mexico

      U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant issued a 36-page order barring immigration officials from using the so-called asylum ban to block migrants who were turned back to Mexico under a metering policy and claims ports of entry along the southern border were “full” from making claims for asylum.

      “The putative class members in this case did exactly what the government told them to do: they did not make direct claims for asylum at a [port of entry] and instead returned to Mexico to wait for an opportunity to access the asylum process in the United States,” Bashant wrote.

      “Now, the government is arguing that these class members never attempted to enter, entered, or arrived at a [port of entry] before ...

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    21. Abortion Foes Harmed Planned Parenthood, Jury Awards $2M

      Abortion Foes Harmed Planned Parenthood, Jury Awards $2M

      A federal jury found an anti-abortion cohort led by David Daleiden caused substantial harm to Planned Parenthood by infiltrating abortion industry conferences to secretly tape abortion doctors and staff – and awarded punitive damages of $870,000.

      David Daleiden, an anti-abortion activist charged with invasion of privacy for filming attendees at National Abortion Federation conferences in California.

      Daleiden, who heads the Center for Medical Progress, and his co-defendant Sandra Merritt, posed as human tissue procurers for a fake company called BioMax as part of a hidden-camera investigation into the organization.

      The pair attended abortion industry conferences from 2013 to 2015 – posing as exhibitors named Robert Sarkis and Susan Tennenbaum – where they secretly recorded conversations they later posted online. Daleiden also made ...

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    22. Cable Exec Prods High Court on Racial-Bias Standard

      Cable Exec Prods High Court on Racial-Bias Standard

      A lawyer for a black media mogul shut out by Comcast pushed the Supreme Court on Wednesday to advance their racial-discrimination claims.

      “We’re not trying to create any more Bob Johnsons.” That is what Byron Allen says one Comcast executive told him during negotiations for the cable company to carry some stations under his company Entertainment Studios Networks. Johnson is the owner and founder of Black Entertainment Television.

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