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Week In Review

By Victoria Vitale

Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:


Music Publishers Sue Twitter, Accusing It of Copyright Infringement

A group of 17 music publishers sued the social media company and said it was seeking as much as $250 million in damages.

Riley Keough to Pay Priscilla Presley to End Family Trust Dispute

Keough had been locked in a court fight with her grandmother over control of the family trust, but under a settlement Keough will be its sole trustee and Presley will receive around one million dollars.

Nine Women Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault in Nevada

The entertainer, who was released from prison in 2021 after a conviction was overturned, now faces lawsuits in states where the statutes of limitations have changed.

A Pier Deal Is Full of Developer Perks, but Is It Good for the City?

Generous incentives will secure a project that keeps New York’s motion picture industry competitive, officials say. Critics call the price too steep.

Paul McCartney Says A.I. Helped Complete ‘Last’ Beatles Song

The song was made using a demo with John Lennon’s voice and will be released later this year, McCartney said.

Judge Delays Decision on Hong Kong’s Request to Ban Protest Song Online

The government, seeking a broad order to stop the internet distribution of “Glory to Hong Kong,” will return to court next month to address a judge’s questions.


David Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ Reaches Deal With Broadway Musicians

After the musicians’ union raised objections to the show’s plans to use recorded music instead of a live band, the show agreed to use 12 musicians.

A Missouri School District Could Ban ‘Maus’, Citing Concerns About Whether it is ‘Explicit Sexual Material’

A Missouri school board is preparing to vote on whether to ban Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust graphic memoir “Maus” — even though no parent in the district has challenged it.

U.S. Orchestras Gradually Diversify but Are Slow to Hire Black Musicians

The number of Asian and Latino players has risen over the past decade, according to a new report; however, Black musicians are still scarce, especially at large orchestras.

German Panel Says Kandinsky Painting Should Go Back to Jewish Heirs

The decisions of the government panel, which handles claims about art lost or looted in the Nazi-era, are not legally binding, but are nearly always followed.

Comedian’s Malaysia Joke Prompts Threats and a Diplomatic Incident

Jocelyn Chia’s line about the 2014 missing airliner was part of a Comedy Cellar set in April. Yet when video was posted, outrage poured in.

Tunisians Mourn a Hard-Fought Freedom Rapidly Slipping Away

When reflecting on their Arab Spring revolution, Tunisians often say that freedom of expression was the only concrete achievement. As the country slides back toward autocracy, that, too, is being quickly eroded.


Justice Department to probe PGA Tour deal with Saudi-funded LIV Golf

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has informed the PGA Tour that it will review the organization’s proposed merger with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, NBC News reported.

IRS Says Donations Made to Nonprofit NIL Collectives Are Not Tax Exempt

In news that could rock the world of name, image and likeness, the Internal Revenue Service suggests that nonprofit NIL collectives offering tax deductions could be breaking the law.

Ja Morant’s Gun Videos Clash With N.B.A.’s Gun Safety Advocacy

Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies star, was suspended for 25 games for recklessly waving a gun in a video shared on social media in May. It was the second time he had done so.

The N.C.A.A. Wants More Money From TV. Maxing That Out Could Prove Tricky.

Many college sports championships, including the marquee women’s basketball tournament, have been sold as a bundle. The prospect of selling separately raises questions for dozens of sports.

Indian Politician and Former Wrestling Chief Is Charged With Harassment

The charges against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh follow months of protest by prominent female wrestlers, who complained that the authorities had turned a deaf ear to their allegations.


F.T.C. Sues to Stop Microsoft’s Activision Deal From Closing

The agency had sued to halt the blockbuster deal last year. Its latest move in federal court would prevent the acquisition from being completed.

Binance Spars With U.S. Regulators Over Asset Freeze

A judge urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach a compromise with Binance that would allow the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange to continue operating in the United States.

Generative A.I. Can Add $4.4 Trillion in Value to Global Economy, Study Says

The report from McKinsey comes as a debate rages over the potential economic effects of A.I.-powered chatbots on labor and the economy.

Judge to Allow Trump’s New Comments in Carroll Defamation Suit

During an interview on CNN, Trump called Carroll a “wack job” and said that her claim of a decades-old assault was “fake.”

House Passes Resolution Calling on Russia to Free U.S. Prisoners

The House unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Russian government to release Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in March, and provide unfettered consular access to him in the meantime.

Fox News Tells Tucker Carlson to Stop Posting Videos on Twitter

The network and its former star host have been engaged in an increasingly bitter dispute over Tucker Carlson’s Twitter videos, which Fox says violate his contract.

Three Men Charged in Case That Spotlights Attacks on the Media

The homes of New Hampshire Public Radio journalists were vandalized after they aired a sexual harassment investigation involving a prominent businessman in the state.

Google’s Online Advertising Practices Violate Antitrust Laws, E.U. Says

European Union regulators filed new antitrust charges against Google, which could lead to fines and orders for the company to change its business practices.

Europeans Take a Major Step Toward Regulating A.I.

A draft law in the European Parliament has become the world’s most far-reaching attempt to address the potentially harmful effects of artificial intelligence.

The Guardian Apologizes for Its Handling of Harassment Complaints

The British media company is also changing its internal processes following a New York Times investigation into a former star political columnist.

He Exposed Corruption in Guatemala. Now He’s Been Sentenced to Prison.

The trial of José Rubén Zamora, the founder of a newspaper who was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to up to six years, came as critics say democracy in Guatemala is crumbling.

General News

Supreme Court Upholds Native American Adoption Law

At issue in the case was whether a law aimed at keeping Native American adoptees within tribes is constitutional.

Trump Arraignment: Trump Pleads Not Guilty in Documents Case

Donald J. Trump, the first former president to be charged with federal crimes, was arraigned on 37 counts related to his handling of classified documents.

Trump Indictment Shows Critical Evidence Came From One of His Own Lawyers

M. Evan Corcoran, who was hired to represent the former president after the Justice Department issued a subpoena for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, could be a key witness in the trial.

Trump Ordered Not to Discuss Case With His Aide and Co-Defendant

The restrictions placed on the two men are common for co-defendants in a criminal matter, but they could be particularly challenging to uphold given that Walt Nauta’s job is as Trump’s personal aide.

Judge in Trump Documents Case Has Scant Criminal Trial Experience

Judge Aileen M. Cannon, under scrutiny for past rulings favoring the former president, has presided over only a few criminal cases that went to trial.

They Are Trump’s Aides and Lawyers. Now They Could Be Trial Witnesses.

The former president is surrounded by people who have provided testimony and evidence to federal investigators. He’s not supposed to discuss the case with any of them.

Judge Orders Lawyers in Trump Case to Start Getting Security Clearances

Judge Aileen Cannon gave the defense team until Tuesday to begin the process, underscoring how classified information will be fundamental to the trial.

Hard Right Agrees to Allow House Votes but Threatens Continued Blockade

Republican rebels who blocked action in the House said they would allow votes on Tuesday, but warned that they would wrest control of the floor again unless leaders met their demands.

A Landmark Youth Climate Trial Begins in Montana

Sixteen young people argue that the state is robbing their future by embracing policies that contribute to climate change.

JPMorgan to Pay $290 Million in Settlement With Epstein’s Victims

The proposed deal would settle a suit on behalf of victims who were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, over claims that the bank ignored warnings about him.

Labor Board, Reversing Trump-Era Ruling, Widens Definition of Employee

The National Labor Relations Board, with a Democratic majority, restored a standard that counts more workers as employees rather than contractors.

Airman Who Leaked Files Is Indicted on Charges of Mishandling Secrets

Jack Teixeira, 21, could face up to 60 years in prison after being indicted on six counts of retaining and transmitting classified national defense information.

Jury finds Pittsburgh synagogue shooter guilty on all counts

The gunman who committed the worst antisemitic attack in U.S. history is guilty of all charges he faced, according to the verdict delivered by a federal jury on Friday morning.

Consent Decrees Force Changes to Policing. But Do Reforms Last?

The Minneapolis Police may agree to court-enforced federal oversight. Experts say it can lead to improvements, though defining success can be difficult.

Minneapolis Police Used Illegal, Abusive Practices for Years, Justice Dept. Finds

The city said it would try to negotiate a court-enforced consent decree with the federal government that would require an overhaul of its police force.

The Final Fight for Black Sailors Known as the ‘Philadelphia 15’

Kicked out of the Navy in 1940 for publicly criticizing the racist abuse they suffered on their warship, 15 Black men were posthumously exonerated at the Pentagon on Friday.

Judge Mostly Blocks Indiana Ban on Transition Care for Minors

A federal judge in Indiana largely blocked that state’s ban on transition medical care for youth from taking effect on July 1, the latest in a series of courtroom wins for transgender-rights advocates.

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