Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts

Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram postsRoger Stone, a former political adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, was ordered on Tuesday to appear in court this week over Instagram posts that chastised and appeared to threaten the judge presiding over his criminal trial. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone would need to show cause at a hearing on Thursday as to why the posts did not violate a gag order in the case or the conditions of his release. Stone, who is free on a $250,000 bond and is free to travel to certain U.S. cities without the court's permission, has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.



West Virginia teachers strike again, this time over charter schools

West Virginia teachers strike again, this time over charter schoolsSchools in 54 out of 55 counties were closed on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Education, which oversees more than 700 public schools that serve about 277,000 students. The strike followed state Senate passage of a bill that would allow the creation of up to seven charter schools, a move that proved controversial even within the West Virginia legislature, where both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, called the proposal "a monstrous mistake," telling West Virginia's MetroNews network that he would veto the Senate version if it got to his desk.



U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat

U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycatChief Justice John Roberts, in a brief order, denied Indivior's request to put on hold a lower court's ruling that had opened the door to cheaper generic versions of Suboxone while the company prepares an appeal to the high court. The United States faces an opioid abuse epidemic that President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency. Suboxone Film, which absorbs into the body by dissolving under a patient's tongue or along the cheek, can be used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.



U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs defamation suit against Cosby

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs defamation suit against CosbyThe justices turned away an appeal by Kathrine McKee, an actress and former Las Vegas showgirl, of a lower court ruling in Massachusetts that threw out her lawsuit. In doing so, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a separate opinion calling for the court to reconsider a major 1964 Supreme Court precedent that made it harder for public figures to bring defamation claims. Thomas called the 1964 ruling in the case called New York Times v. Sullivan and other related precedents "policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law." Thomas' views appear aligned with President Donald Trump.



U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman's appeal in spending scandal

U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman's appeal in spending scandalThe justices declined to hear Schock's appeal of a lower court's refusal to throw out an indictment against the 37-year-old former lawmaker from Illinois after he argued the charges violated U.S. constitutional protections for members of Congress.





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