The millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Hillary Clinton in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory.

     Washington state's ballot initiative to reduce greenhouse gases by imposing a carbon tax, the first such statewide proposal in the nation, is dividing environmental groups.

     Whatever the result of this year's general election, Los Angeles city leaders on Wednesday sent a clear message to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by calling for a city boycott of the real estate mogul's businesses.

     The federal jury in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will begin deliberations anew on Thursday, after the judge cited "extraordinary circumstances" in dismissing one juror accused of bias.

     The Defense Department on Wednesday suspended its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     The Pennsylvania GOP is challenging a provision of the commonwealth's election law that it says "arbitrarily" restricts poll watchers to serving only in the county in which they live. 

     Already slapped with a jury's $12.2 million tab over his defunct site MP3tunes, founder Michael Robertson must now face fresh claims by music companies that sued him, the Second Circuit ruled. 

     The Nevada attorney general accused four men of making $2 million from illegally towing away people's cars and selling them; click headline to see the defendants in the 21-count felony indictment. 

     California sued My Pillow Inc. and My Pillow Direct for advertising that its pillows ameliorate fibromyalgia, insomnia, sleep apnea and migraines, in Alameda County Court. 

     The Department of Justice said Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies must sell its entire U.S. freight car brake business to proceed with its $1.8 billion acquisition of Faiveley Transport North America, in a federal antitrust complaint. 

     An extension of preferential tariffs for Greek aluminum producer Alouminion - amounting to $19 million - must be considered new state aid requiring notification to the European Commission, the EU high court ruled Wednesday. 

      An Iowa church dropped its lawsuit against the state's civil rights commission for statutes it feared would bar it from enforcing single-sex bathroom rules, determining that not accepting public funding exempts it.  

     Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are on trial for politically engineered lane closures that caused massive traffic in September 2013. As the trial unfolded these past six weeks, however, many others have had to wrangle with damaging witness testimony.

     A grandmother of two sued the Silver City Police Department, claiming it ignored an officer's history of violence, stalking and assault and her daughter's repeated pleas for help, allowing him to kill her daughter. 

     As voters await the presidential election, California Gov. Jerry Brown is focused on a statewide proposition he spent millions of dollars to suppress. If approved, Proposition 53 could stop work on two multibillion-dollar public works plans that Brown considers his legacy projects.

     Arizona civil forfeiture laws encourage police to pursue profit over justice, an elderly Washington couple claim in a lawsuit against Navajo County and five police departments. 

     Cliven Bundy has a new attorney for his trial on 16 federal charges stemming from his armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in April 2014. 

     Despite a political climate rife with xenophobia and calls for assimilation, bilingual education advocates in California enjoy bipartisan support for an initiative that would repeal most of the once-popular law approved by voters decades ago that made English-only instruction standard across the state -- even for English learners.

     Massive glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking at the fastest rates ever recorded, presenting both a challenge and insight for researchers who are monitoring progress of an ice sheet collapse that could raise global sea levels by several feet.

     A nonprofit government watchdog claims in court that the Environmental Protection Agency is wrongly withholding documents related to a draft plan to protect drinking water in the event of a nuclear disaster. 

     Seven Charlotte, North Carolina residents who participated in demonstrations following a September police shooting claim in court that officers carried out a "military grade assault" to break up their demonstration. 

     The Justice Department said Wednesday that it will launch a comprehensive assessment of the Memphis Police Department as part of a reform initiative.

     The Sierra Club and others are challenging an Interior Department's decision to inspect a rural Virginia coal mine without notice to environmentalists before it concluded the amount of selenium leaching from the mine into nearby waters did not exceed acceptable levels. 

     A class blames misrepresentations by Ally Financial, formerly known as GMAC, and its underwriters for the more than 25 percent drop in share value two years after the subprime car-loan business earned $2.4 billion going public.


     The federal government's effort to dismantle a police department dominated by a fundamentalist Mormon sect on the Arizona-Utah border is overreaching and will hurt the communities, the department's chief marshal testified Wednesday.

     ExxonMobil must crack open its accountant's files to comply with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's fraud investigation into the oil giant's knowledge of climate change, a state judge ruled. 

     Lead defense attorney Maddox Kilgore on Thursday called jurors being allowed to view the SUV in which a toddler died a "disaster," and argued his client, Justin Ross Harris, would not be able to receive a fair trial.

     The Indiana Court of Appeals revived state Department of Child Services caseworkers' claims that the agency is understaffed, to the detriment of Hoosier State kids.  

     A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday resurrected claims that a pharmaceutical firm hid concerns from investors that its weight-loss drug caused cancer in rats prior to approval by the FDA. 

     A Baltimore City assistant state's attorney assigned to the juvenile division was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.

     The legal battle over interests in Nina Simone's recordings continues after a Ninth Circuit panel ruled the district court has jurisdiction over the ongoing litigation. 

     Santa Clara County and one of its officers must face wrongful death claims from the family of an elderly woman who was shot and killed by the officer during a domestic dispute. 

     An airport shuttle service dropped its lawsuit claiming the San Francisco International Airport concocted unfair rules to stifle competition after the airport scrapped plans to limit shuttle service. 

     Europe's highest court ruled Wednesday that changes made to France Telecom's pension scheme when the company went public 20 years ago gave it an advantage over its competitors. 

     A Massachusetts physician and his terminally-ill patient are seeking a court order that would decriminalize doctor-assisted suicide. 

     An impassioned plea from Houston's mayor Wednesday for the City Council to approve his plan to reduce the city's $7.7 billion pension debt persuaded a holdout councilman to rubber-stamp the deal.

     A Texas man who shot two whooping cranes can't hunt or fish anywhere in the United States or own a gun for five years, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.  

     The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed.

     A union representing cabin crew in Germany has called a strike at Lufthansa's budget offshoot Eurowings on Thursday in a dispute over pay and conditions.

     Disgruntled gamers say in a federal class action that Sony won't fix defective PlayStation 4 disc drives for free, despite knowing about the defect for months and even extending the warranty for Dutch users. 

     Ron Paul's aides from his 2012 presidential run, who were convicted of election law violations for bribing a state representative, will not get acquittals or new trials, a federal judge ruled. 

     Snapchat's transition to just Snap threatens the business of a similarly named social-networking competitor that just merged with Paltalk, Snap Interactive claims in a federal complaint. 

     Staff Force Inc. hired James Estrella as a temp and sent him to work at D&S Container dba Budget Box, where he was pulled into a die cutter and crushed to death after a week, his survivor claims in Dallas County Court.