A Michigan judge has brought a federal complaint against the sheriff of Ingham County and his deputy, saying they subjected her to an illegal investigation to get back at her for letting a reporter access footage of an attempted courtroom shanking. 

     House Republicans railed against a Justice Department consent decree with the New Orleans Police Department Tuesday, claiming that it violates federal immigration law.

     Touring Ohio on Tuesday after Hillary Clinton emerged a clear winner at her first debate with Donald Trump, a raspy-voiced President Bill Clinton greeted supporters in Toledo as part of a National Voter Registration Day event.

     A federal judge refused Monday to dismiss a class action accusing the U.S. government of systematically overcharging for access to court records through its system PACER, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. 

     A survivor of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting called for an audit of funds intended for victims, even as disbursements of those funds began Tuesday. 

     Wells Fargo's $185-million settlement for opening millions of unauthorized accounts to meet aggressive sales goals fails to adequately compensate victims, bank customers say in a federal class action. 

     An Ivy League university discriminated against a student because of his race and gender in its independent investigation of a sexual assault, an unnamed student claims in federal court. 

     Hundreds of Vietnamese fishermen have filed claims seeking compensation from a Taiwanese steel company that acknowledged its toxic chemicals caused a massive fish kill, a local priest helping the fishermen said Tuesday.

     Staples failed to pay employees straight and overtime wages, and meal and rest breaks, among other labor-law violations, a class claims.


     Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court. 

     Merrill Lynch was fined $12.5 million for ineffective trading controls that let erroneous orders be sent and caused mini-flash market crashes, the SEC said. 

     The Ninth Circuit affirmed a restitution order concerning goods bought at a Target store in Colorado, and Nordstrom stores in California, with fraudulent credit cards, even though the Target charges were not explicitly included as part of the plea. 

     Questions of federalism, executive overreach and the role of the judiciary dominated Tuesday's oral arguments about the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the president's landmark effort to combat climate change.

     On debate night, Donald Trump and his surrogates revived a parade of myths about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices: that they worked, reduced crime, and then got eliminated by one biased judge.

     An official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a study showing that Earth is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and it is on pace to become the hottest it's been in more than 2 million years.

     New York's top prosecutor brought charges Tuesday against the off-duty Brooklyn police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man this past Independence Day — an apparent case of road rage caught on video.

     California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday approved a series of bills aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking and exempting minors from prostitution penalties.

     Upon hearing that his appointee had engineered a traffic jam for political reasons, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared happy about it, the governor's former ally testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie's White House ambitions.

     Two Pennsylvania hospitals cannot merge until the Federal Trade Commission reviews the deal for antitrust concerns, the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday. 

     American Express doesn't violate antitrust laws by banning merchants from asking consumers to use lower-fee cards, even though the policy effectively raises prices on all consumers, the Second Circuit ruled. 

     The woman who accused NBA star Derrick Rose and two other men of raping her showed the court evidence the case is being criminally investigated and wants the judge to reconsider his ruling that she should not remain anonymous during her civil trial. 

     Virginia senators should not have been held in contempt for refusing to turn over documents relating to voter redistricting maps, the state's highest court ruled. 

     Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain will assume senior status on New Year's eve after 30 years on the appeals court bench, and continue hearing a reduced caseload in the Portland Federal Courthouse.

     In a lawsuit against Oregon, a little girl's guardian claims the Department of Human Services certified a man as a foster father and placed her with him even though he told DHS that he was "a sex addict" with "obsessions and compulsions with pornography and strip clubs." 

     A federal judge dismissed an investor's class action accusing a computer security firm of lying about preventing a Russian hacking group's attack, to bolster its flagging stock price. 

     The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh stiffed an interior design company for more than $2 million for services rendered at his off-season home in Texas, the company claims in court. 

     A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop. No one was injured in the incident.

     A 25-year-old Anaheim man who tried to travel to the Mideast to join the Islamic State group received a sentence Monday of 30 years in federal prison.

     Broadcom and Avago Technologies claim Amazon.com violates 10 tech patents, in Federal Court. 

     A writer claims Costco sold him a floor model of a laptop computer as new, without telling him it had been set to periodically erase all its files, and he lost 17 chapters of a book, in a $20,000 demand in Clatsop County Court.  

     The Second Circuit upheld a judgment Tuesday against a French media company accused of lying to investors about its financial status and artificially inflating its stock prices. 

     Former LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca says he will not get a fair trial on charges he obstructed an investigation into jailhouse abuses because a federal judge is already convinced of his guilt and media coverage has prejudiced him.

     The 11th Circuit on Monday revived two sexual offenders' challenges to residency restrictions in Miami-Dade County that they contend are the strictest in the nation and patently unconstitutional. 

     The 2015 prison murder of inmate-turned-civil rights activist Hugo Pinell has spawned a wrongful death lawsuit by Pinell's daughter, who seeks answers as to why her father was let into the prison yard at all after 43 years in solitary confinement. 

     In a bid to spring their client from jail, attorneys for "affluenza" killer Ethan Couch said Tuesday that Couch could sue a criminal court judge for sentencing him to nearly two years in county jail.

     Two snap polls on the heels of Monday's presidential-candidate debate in New York found that voters nationally believe Democrat Hillary Clinton handily won her first face-to-face showdown with Republican Donald Trump. Preliminary numbers from Nielson suggest 80.9 million tuned in for the fun.

     Illinois voters will not be able to register at the polls in November thanks to preliminary injunction granted by a federal judge Tuesday.

     A firearm industry group and four gun retailers claim in court that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey overstepped her authority by issuing a vaguely worded ban on assault weapons and copycat guns. 

     Resisting a federal judge's orders to let a transgender boy use the boys' restroom, a Wisconsin school district is taking its appeal to the Seventh Circuit. 

     A federal judge refused to dismiss Oracle's claims that Terix Computer and its top executives fraudulently transferred assets to sidestep a $57 million copyright settlement. 

     Two years after shocking revelations about 70,000 rape kits that went unprocessed across the country for decades, the United States committed another $38 million on Monday to expand testing.

     The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that oil-services giant Weatherford International will pay $140 million to settle claims that it inflated earnings in financial statements. 

     Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

     The European Commission bumped up its antitrust investigation of the International Skating Union Tuesday, with a preliminary finding that its ban of speed skaters who participate in outside events amounts to unfair competition.

      Top CNS stories for today including snap polls showing Clinton won the first presidential candidate debate, the Bridgegate jury hearing that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was pleased when told an aide engineered the traffic tie-up, a judge in Illinois blocks same-day voter registration in the state, and more.

     Environmentalists say revisions to the petition process for listing endangered species is designed to intimidate citizen petitioners with cumbersome requirements.

     Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and a state senator have settled their ugly dispute over state Sen. Royce West's claim that Bryant trashed a rental home and Bryant's countersuit accusing West and his law firm of stealing $500,000 from him.

     Texas police who found 8 kilos of cocaine during a random search of a Greyhound bus "created a checkpoint that trespassed on the Constitution" so the drugs cannot be used as evidence, a federal judge ruled. 

     The Justice Department said Monday it will offer more than $100 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to improve public safety, help victims and strengthen tribal institutions.

     A Norfolk, Virginia developer pleaded guilty to corruption charges for bribing City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot, who is currently awaiting trial on related charges. 

     Views from around the world on Monday's first U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

     The World Trade Organization dramatically slashed its forecast for trade growth this year by about a third to its lowest rate since 2009, when the global economy was mired in recession in the wake of the financial crisis.

     As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.