Teenager Nicholas Sandmann's family is suing The Washington Post, saying it targeted the Covington Catholic High School student and defamed him for political purposes when it reported on a January encounter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial between Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednsesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, thus limiting their ability to use fines to raise revenue.

The court's decision was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her second day back at the court. Ginsburg missed in-person arguments at the court for the first time in her quarter century on the Supreme Court bench after undergoing surgery for lung cancer late last year.

A Bug’s Death

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Insects vastly outnumber humans on Earth. And humans are far more dependent on insects than vice versa.

Which is why it’s bad news that insects are dying rapidly, to the point that mass extinction is on the mind of some researchers.

In 2017, Kim Nelson had just moved her family back to her hometown in South Carolina. Boxes were still scattered around the apartment and while her two young daughters played, Nelson scrolled through a newspaper article on her phone. It said religious exemptions for vaccines had jumped nearly 70 percent in recent years in the Greenville area – the part of the state she had just moved to.

After pulling planes and canceling hundreds of flights, Southwest Airlines is offering an apology to travelers — and blaming the union that represents aircraft maintenance technicians.

Last week, the Dallas-based airline took more than 40 of some 750 aircraft out of service at four Southwest locations, spurring flight delays and cancellations. As a result, the company declared an operational emergency.

Michigan State University says the public doesn’t need to worry about the 6,000 documents the school’s withholding from investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

More Michiganders are getting post-high school degrees and professional certificates.     

But it’s still not enough.

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a legal dispute over who should have access to Lake Michigan beaches in Indiana. Seven years ago, two Long Beach property owners filed a lawsuit arguing the public didn’t have a right to use the shoreline in front of their homes. 

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On day three of a hearing meant to get to the bottom of an absentee ballot scheme in the as-yet undecided U.S. House race in North Carolina's Ninth District, all eyes are on Republican Mark Harris, and what he knew and when.

The State Board of Elections investigation is centered on a political operative, McCrae Dowless, who was hired by Harris to get out the vote in the eastern part of district, which runs from outskirts of Charlotte along the southern edge of the state.

When Nazis Took Manhattan

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On the evening of Feb. 20, 1939, the marquee of New York's Madison Square Garden was lit up with the evening's main event: a "Pro-America Rally." The organizers had chosen the date in celebration of George Washington's birthday and had procured a 30-foot-tall banner of America's first president for the stage. More than 20,000 men and women streamed inside and took their seats. The view they had was stunning: Washington was hung between American flags — and swastikas.

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A conversation about this year's One Book One Michiana title.

Morning Edition Host Michael Linville speaks with Jennifer Henecke of The Saints Joseph County Public Library about this year's One Book One Michiana event.

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