Objections from judges prompted the Judicial Council's legislation committee to delay a vote Thursday on a proposal to give it the authority to decide which courts should get new judgeships.


     The production company behind "American Idol" and "So you Think You Can Dance" has filed for bankruptcy protection to shield it from at least $500 million in unpaid debt.

     If Hillary Clinton wants to become president more than she wants to be the star of her own show, she'll run with Bernie Sanders as her vice president.
     Bernie is the only Democrat who could capture the votes of millions of Donald Trump's supporters -- and young Democrats.
     That would crush the Republicans, no matter who The Donald runs with.
     It would swing the election, and possibly the Congress.
     Do Democrats really want to win?
     And if not, why not?
     And speaking of vice presidents, who in his right mind would want to be Trump's vice president?
     A man or woman who really wants to be a public servant — and elected officials, even the president, are, pardon me for stating what is no longer obvious, elected to serve the public.
     My favorite president at the moment is John Quincy Adams, our only president who ran for a seat in the House of Representatives after he left office. (He won.)
     When criticized for this, J.Q. said it was no shame for a president to serve in a lower office, "even as a selectman of his town."
     John Quincy was our only president who died on the House floor. More or less.
     In 1846, while the House was discussing how to honor military officers who had made war on Mexico, Adams, who'd opposed the war, stood up and shouted, "No!"
     He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and collapsed, and died two days later.
     Can you imagine any former president today running for a seat in the House?
     Or for a selectboard?
     Of course not.
     Jimmy Carter, maybe. Barack Obama, maybe.
     But not Hillary. Not Trump. Because they have to be the star.
     Hillary is willing to throw the election to a neo-fascist know-nothing who will destroy the worthy causes for which Hillary has fought for 40 years — rather than share the stage with a man who could hand her on a platter the prize she has sought all her life.
     That's stupid. Typical Democrat.
     Trump — well, let's see who he picks for veep. But when he does so, I ask, can you imagine Trump running for vice president?
     Do you think he really wants to serve us?
     Or does he just want us to stroke him?
     Read Roman history, my friends. Read about Caligula, and Nero, and Elagabalus.
     Contrast and compare.
     This will count on the final exam.
     Inchoate anger stalks our land.
     It's scary — to brown folks, to black folks, to young people, to tens of millions of white folks — to anyone who reads history.
     Bernie is the only guy who can channel these millions of people's rage — to Hillary.
     He's the only Democrat who can turn out the vote.
     And turnout — not anything else — will win or lose this election.
     People are right to be angry.
     Our government is corrupted by money from top to bottom, and that includes the Supreme Court.
     I never liked Clarence Thomas, though I give him credit for this: When I learned that he'd accepted a gift of $800 worth of snow tires, while he sat on the Supreme Court, he taught me how cheaply our government can be bought.
     I like Donald Trump more than I like Clarence Thomas.
     Let's say I hate him less.
     Because Trump steps right out and shows how vile he is, and has fun doing it. While Justice Thomas hides in bitter silence, and seems to hate the system that made him what he is.
     Get out there and vote.

     Employment costs paid to civilian workers in the United States rose at a slightly faster pace in the first quarter of 2016 than at the end of last year. 

     French officials have unveiled a humanoid diving robot that they hope will give a big artificial hand to the practice of underwater archaeology.

     A lawmaker making headway on his plan to study "drugged driving" joked that Michigan will be a leader in an area where other states picked a legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana "out of their ass."


     Dinosaur families migrated away from Europe even after continents drifted apart following the separation of the supercontinent Pangea, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Biogeography.

     The Federal Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency-use authorization of the first commercial test for the Zika virus.


     Southern California regulators must put the brakes on an ExxonMobil refinery that emits 50 tons of hydrogen cyanide in Los Angeles each year, the Refinery Safety Network says in court.

     A college freshman suffered horrific burns to her feet when the University of New Hampshire evacuated her dorm because of a burst pipe, she claims in court. 


     The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Thursday approved its final 2016 business plan despite criticism that it abandons half the state by giving Northern California priority.

     White GOP state lawmakers in Alabama blocked the Birmingham City Council from raising the minimum wage for its mostly black population, a lawsuit claims. 

     A New Yorker filed suit against a Catholic Church on Long Island that he says keeps his abuser in active ministry, despite mounting complaints. 

     Indianapolis and the Indiana County in which it is located are challenging a federal decision to suspend their participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. 

     A Portsmouth, Va. city Council member says the city violated his free speech rights by fining him for a Facebook post about a confidential meeting. 

     A former Florida Atlantic University professor and unapologetic conspiracy theorist claims in court that he was unlawfully fired because of his ideas. 

     A track star sued the University of Nebraska, saying she was forced to leave school after reporting abuse by her athlete boyfriend. 

     The European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over to central western Namibia, an area surrounding the Namib Naukluft Park, in this image taken on 28 January 2016.

     A Muslim mother's civil rights complaint against guards at Salinas Valley State Prison will move forward after a federal judge denied their motion to dismiss. 

     Twenty-six people were arrested in a month-long undercover operation against downtown drug dealers that netted grand jury indictments against 31 suspects, San Diego officials said Thursday.

     TD Bank's Penny Arcades coin-counting machines shortchanges deposits, consumers claim in a federal class action, quoting one report's estimate of 15 percent loss. 

     The creator of "Humanity Hates Trump" wants a federal judge to find that its satirical card game does not infringe the trade-dress rights of Cards Against Humanity. 

     Five women filed a federal complaint seeking to stop St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from eliminating its varsity women's tennis program. 

     Eleven homeless people in the Northern California coastal city of Eureka cannot be evicted from a long-established homeless encampment on Monday unless the city complies with as yet undetermined conditions for their alternative shelter, a federal judge ruled from the bench Friday.

     With general elections around the corner, the Supreme Court said Friday it will not yet weigh in on the Texas voter-identification law that remains in effect, though found to discriminate against minorities. 

     Texas prosecutors have two weeks to respond to David Daleiden's motion to dismiss an indictment stemming from covert videos he shot at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston, a judge ruled Friday.

     It's been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis.

     An Iowa school district is not liable for allegedly ignoring reports of two teachers having sex with a high schooler, though both were convicted of doing so, the state's appeals court ruled. 

     A federal class action accuses the New York Times of widespread internal race, age and gender discrimination, favoring younger, white "handsome men." 

     Los Angeles County Superior Court has opened outdoor kiosks that will allow visitors to take care of traffic tickets outside five courthouses.


     Uber will refund customers $1.8 million in airport "tolls" and "fees" that it charged them to go to and from California airports, a federal judge said. 

     A Mexican drug cartel leader celebrated the assassination of a rival in a Dallas suburb by throwing a beer bash and giving away a BMW, the son of a man charged in the killing testified Thursday. 

     Seven former NFL players claim in court that their former law firms are wrongly trying to capitalize on their individual settlements from the league's concussion litigation. 

     A man whose mother was attacked by an escaped prisoner cannot prevail on a wrongful death claim against Kansas because it's protected by immunity, the state's high court ruled. 

     The antibiotic doxycycline and heart medication digoxin have seen astounding price increases over the years, at least 8,000 times and 800 times, respectively, thanks to price-fixing, a class claims against Lannett, Allergan, Impax Laboratories, Mylan, Par Pharmaceuticals, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and West-Ward Pharmaceutical.

 

     Public Citizen Foundation filed a federal complaint to access the CVs or resumes of all members of an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

     Cigna directors and officers face a federal shareholder derivative complaint three months after shares plummeted upon news that the U.S. government sanctioned the company's deficient appeals and grievances procedures. 

     California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he has turned in more than 600,000 signatures for a sweeping gun-control initiative, easily clearing the required 365,880 to qualify for the November ballot.

     A man in Puerto Rico has died of complications stemming from a Zika virus infection, health officials said Friday.

     Stopping short of labeling the airstrike a war crime, the Pentagon singled out 16 members of the U.S. military for discipline in connection to the October bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. 

     At least 20 people were arrested outside a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California, Thursday night after protestors and supporters of the GOP front-runner clashed in a running, three-hour battle.


     Seattle's warrantless searches of garbage to enforce its recycling law is unconstitutional, a judge ruled.


     A consumer class claims Starbucks' cold drinks are almost half ice and the coffee chain misrepresents the fluid ounces of its popular, and profitable, iced coffee and tea beverages.  

     South Korea's Olympic committee unveiled a strategy this week to protect its athletes from the Zika virus at this year's summer games in Rio de Janeiro: mosquito-repellent uniforms.

     California officials will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line.

     Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 1,300-pound trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.

     Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal enacted reforms that will reduce the state's prison population for non-violent offenders and help ease inmates' transitions from prison back into civilian life.

     U.S. consumers saw a slight uptick in their disposable income in March, but largely failed to spend it, the Commerce Department reported Friday. 

     A former bouncer at 151 claims in a federal complaint that the Lower East Side bar subjected him to conditions "so unbearable that no man in plaintiff's shoes should be expected to tolerate." 

     Two Texas counties, Ector and Hunt, joined the dog pile on Volkswagen, suing it for polluting county air, in separate complaints in Travis County Court. 

     Directors of Fitbit and underwriters raised $732 million at $20 a share through errors and omissions, and when the truth emerged the IPO price dropped to less than $12, a class action claims in San Mateo County Court.