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US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly $1B in wildfire costs (apnews.com)

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly $1 billion in costs related to the 2020 wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement....

Supreme Court casts doubt on GOP-led states' efforts to regulate social media platforms (apnews.com)

The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age....

Macron refuses to rule out putting troops on ground in Ukraine in call to galvanise Europe (www.theguardian.com)

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Macron warned: “There is a change in Russia’s stance. It is striving to take on further territory and it has its eyes not just on Ukraine but on many other countries as well, so Russia is presenting a greater danger.”...

Idaho lawmakers move to protect IVF as backlash grows against Alabama decision (www.aol.com)

Idaho lawmakers from both parties are moving to protect in vitro fertilization procedures in the state after an Alabama court ruled earlier this month that embryos produced through IVF should be treated legally as children, McClatchy and the Idaho Statesman have learned....

Bill filed in Kentucky House would ease near-total abortion ban by adding rape and incest exceptions (apnews.com)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at easing Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban by creating limited exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest was introduced Monday in the GOP-dominated House, as lawmakers wrangle with an issue at the forefront of last year’s campaign for governor....

United Daughters of the Confederacy would lose Virginia tax breaks, if Youngkin signs off (apnews.com)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that would end tax benefits for the United Daughters of the Confederacy — the Richmond-based women’s group that helped erect many of the country’s Confederate monuments — is on its way to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who hasn’t said whether he supports it....

UAW president Shawn Fain on labor's comeback: "This is what happens when workers get power", says 'billionaires should not exist' (www.cbsnews.com)

“I don’t think billionaires should exist,” he said. “No one needs that much money. I think it’s inhumane. Pick any city, walk around, you know, you see people starving, people without basic necessities. There’s no excuse for that. And it’s not because people are lazy or don’t want to work. The billionaires that...

Boeing's safety culture falls short despite the company's efforts to fix it, according to experts (apnews.com)

When it comes to safety culture at Boeing, there is a “disconnect” between senior management and workers, and employees responsible for checking the company’s planes question whether they can raise issues without fear of retaliation, according to a panel of outside experts....

West Virginia Senate passes bill that would remove marital exemption for sexual abuse (www.wandtv.com)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Married people in West Virginia could be charged with certain acts of sexual abuse against their spouses for the first time under a bill passed by the state Senate. The bill pushed by former prosecuting attorney Republican Sen. Ryan Weld would remove marriage as a defense to first- and third-degree...

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