Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, said Zinke and congressional Republicans were taking credit for an Obama-era policy to offer oil and gas leases from all available tracts in the Gulf, rather than separating the western and eastern Gulf areas from the more productive central Gulf region off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
New York Democrat Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) is the leading attorney general in the lawsuit. He says it was filed Tuesday in a federal appeals court in the District of Columbia to force President Donald Trump's administration to take action to ensure upwind states control pollution. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont also are part of the lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from the EPA's denial of a petition some of those states filed in 2013 under the Clean Air Act to get the agency to add nine upwind states to a group that must work together to reduce smog pollution. An EPA spokeswoman says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Six months after accusations of sexual assault and harassment brought the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the company he co-founded filed for bankruptcy, releasing victims from nondisclosure agreements that prevented them from speaking about the producer's alleged crimes. The Weinstein Company filed late Monday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware after failing to find a buyer. The company said it has reached an agreement with a Texas-based private equity firm called Lantern Capital Partners, which has agreed to buy the company's assets. Although Lantern is the first bidder in the bankruptcy process, others could make a higher bid in the court-monitored auction of the company's assets. Lantern was one of several investors that hoped to acquire the company outside of bankruptcy, but the negotiations fell through in February when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit claiming the entire company enabled Weinstein's crimes.
On'Fox News @ Night,' Fox News contributor and legal expert Jonathan Turley discusses Democrats' impeachment threats if Kavanaugh makes it on the Supreme Court. The American Civil Liberties Union is spending $1 million on an advertisement campaign to discourage the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The campaign mostly targets Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, as well as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "America is watching," the ad voice over said. "And as we choose a lifetime seat on our highest court, integrity matters.
Apple is filing lawsuits in response to several reports of fake Apple products. A customer holds an Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter for his iPhone 7 Plus smartphone at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. A three-story brick building in a low-crime Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City was the first U.S. stop on an international route used to ship thousands of potentially dangerous counterfeit Apple electronics to America's consumer market. The knockoff power adapters and chargers, which Apple says could cause electrical shocks, allegedly traveled from a manufacturer in Hong Kong to Amazon.com, with stopping points at the Brooklyn location and New Jersey electronics companies. U.S. investigators said they have seized multiple imports of suspected counterfeits that had been routed to the Brooklyn location.