From the Wire
- Judge Will Decide Mississippi's $1B Lawsuit Against UtilityA federal judge will decide a $1 billion-plus lawsuit by the state of Mississippi against its largest private electrical utility.
- Manhattan DA Drops Part of Weinstein CaseManhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that a police detective had coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account one of ...
- Legislative Report Evaluates Local Taxes in MississippiA watchdog group says 68 cities and 14 counties in Mississippi are collecting local taxes on hotel stays and restaurant meals, for purposes such as promoting tourism or development.
- McConnell to AP: Gender Gap Hurts GOP But Kavanaugh HelpsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans have a longstanding gender gap when it comes to American women, but he stood by one key Senate woman, saying "nobody's going to beat" Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition ...
- Supreme Court Considering Case on Detention of ImmigrantsAn immigration case before the Supreme Court pits the government against immigrants it wants to deport following crimes they have committed in the United States.
- Mississippi Police Took Property Without Legal AuthorityMississippi police agencies have been seizing cash, guns and vehicles without legal authority for months after a state law changed and police didn't notice.
- UN Ambassador Haley Resigning; She Gives No ReasonU.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration at the end of the year, she and President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. She gave no reason for her departure after two years, though there has been speculation she will return to ...
- Lawsuit Demands Return of More Than $16M from Ponzi SchemeA lawyer trying to recover money in a collapsed Ponzi scheme is suing three people who sold the investments, demanding they return more than $16 million in sales commissions.
- Jury Convicts Chicago Officer of 2nd-Degree MurderA jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
- Four Louisiana Men Indicted for Prison Bribery in MississippiFour Louisiana men have been indicted on charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff to give them jail-related contracts.
- Governor Gives Medal as Mississippi City Mourns Dead OfficerMississippi's governor awarded a state medal to a slain police officer, as relatives and law enforcement personnel mourned his death.
- Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser He Had Called Credible WitnessPresident Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago.
- Rep. Harper Donating Papers to Mississippi State UniversityA Republican congressman is donating his papers to Mississippi State University as he prepares to wrap up a decade in office.
- Otis RushLegendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager said.
- Yale Classmate Recalls Kavanaugh as Frequent, Heavy DrinkerFBI agents interviewed one of the three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarreled over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before ...