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Blogging Judge Who Told SCOTUS to 'stfu' over Hobby Lobby Has Second Thoughts

Remember Richard Kopf, the senior United States district judge in Nebraska who was so upset by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case? He was the judge who blogged, “the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.” Jul 7, 2014 6:08 PM PT

California Drought Brings Looters to Tribal Sites

The Los Angeles Times reports that looters of ancient Maidu tribal sites are having a field day, as the California drought leaves water levels plunging to reveal hitherto hidden artifacts. As a result, monitoring areas that hold the artifacts has grown to combat stealing or disturbing the artifacts, which is illegal. Jul 7, 2014 3:42 PM PT

DOJ Lawsuit Against NC Voter ID Law to See Trial in 2015

The Associated Press is reporting that lawsuits brought by the Department of Justice, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and the American Civil Liberties Union against a North Carolina voter ID law will go to trial in 2015. The anti-voter ID law groups accuse the law of being “discriminatory,” with the North Carolina NAACP cynically calling the voter ID law the “voter suppression” law. Jul 7, 2014 11:48 AM PT

Owner to Renovate Motel from Hell

A motel in Fortuna in Northern California that has a reputation for trouble, including numerous cases of disorderly conduct and burglary, is going to be renovated by its owner after being deemed a public nuisance, the Times-Standard reports. The owner of the National 9 Inn, Roshan Patel, has received three notices to fix his motel, according to Community Development Director Liz Shorey. Jul 7, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Officials Want to Reduce Cost of Inmates' Phone Calls

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to change a contract with GTL, a correctional telecommunications services, after deeming that GTL was overcharging consumers and underpaying commissions, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company recently agreed to a $1.1-million settlement. Jul 6, 2014 1:37 PM PT

Author: Machines Will Take Over, Humans Will be Cyborgs by 2100

Businessinsider reports that author Louis Del Monte, who wrote a book titled The Artificial Intelligence Revolution, has some chilling words as he attempts to be prescient: that by the year 2040, machine intelligence will have surpassed mankind’s, and by the year 2100, most of the human race will have become cyborgs. Jul 6, 2014 6:55 AM PT

Berkeley Approves Free Pot for Low-Income Residents

The city council of Berkeley has approved an ordinance stating that the three marijuana dispensaries in the city will probably have to offer pot to low-income members and homeless people at no charge. Jul 6, 2014 5:29 AM PT

Napa Valley Wants to Stop ICANN from Giving ".Wine" and ".Vin" Domains

The use of domain name endings on the Internet has taken a new twist. California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson asked the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN) to ban the use of .wine and .vin domains by people or entities that have no connection to the wine business in order to protect the interests of vineyards around the world. Jul 5, 2014 9:21 AM PT

Woman Loses Limbs after Butt Injections

April Brown, a former cosmetologist, lost both her arms and legs after she let an acquaintance who was offering cheap butt injections fill up her rear end. Brown recalled, “I was in pain, my butt was hard, and I was itching.” Jul 5, 2014 8:00 AM PT

Hackers Implant False Tweet on IDF Site Warning of Nuclear Leak

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed to the Jerusalem Post early Friday morning that its social networking account was hacked Thursday night and that false tweets were implanted on the site. One tweet read: "Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility." Jul 4, 2014 6:00 PM PT

U.N. Slams Australia's Tough New Border Laws

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.N., always on the lookout to chastise or punish Western nations for protecting themselves, is criticizing Australia for its tough laws regarding immigration into its own country. Jul 4, 2014 6:00 PM PT

Prosecution: Man Accused of Murder Sexted 6 Different Women with Son Locked in Car

Justin Ross Harris, father of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, is on trial for the murder of his son, who was left for seven hours in Harris's Hyundai Tucson. Over the objections of defense attorneys, the prosecution showed evidence that while Cooper was dying in the car, his father was sexting with six different women and sending them pictures of an erect penis. Jul 4, 2014 3:46 PM PT

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