U.S. erred in declining protections for remote grizzly bears: judge

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – U.S. wildlife managers erred when they declined to list as endangered a small population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana, a federal judge has ruled in what conservationists on Wednesday hailed as a huge victory.

Canadian accused in Yahoo hack pleads not guilty in U.S. court

TORONTO (Reuters) – In his first U.S. court appearance on Wednesday, Canadian Karim Baratov pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped Russian agents in a high-profile cyber attack on Yahoo email accounts, his lawyer said.

Arizona ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional, U.S. judge says

(Reuters) – A federal judge has overturned an Arizona ban on ethnic studies courses aimed at Hispanic students, saying it was motivated by racial discrimination and violated pupils’ constitutional rights.

Washington football coach cannot pray after games: U.S. appeals court

(Reuters) – A high school football coach in Washington state has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to let him kneel and pray on the field immediately after games in sight of students and parents.

Cuba ‘incidents’ caused brain injury, nerve damage to diplomats: CBS News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system, CBS News said on Wednesday, citing medical records it reviewed.

White House has prepared pardon documents for ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio: CNN

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The White House has prepared paperwork for U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio, a controversial former Arizona sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Massachusetts accuses PHEAA of unfair student loan servicing practices

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ attorney general on Wednesday sued one of the largest federal student loan servicers in the United States, accusing it of undermining a program that forgives borrowers’ debts if they work in public service for 10 years.

American Express to pay $96 million over discriminatory card terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Express will end up paying $96 million to credit card customers in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories for charging higher interest rates and engaging in other discriminatory practices, federal regulators said on Wednesday.