Senator Franken: After the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Sen. Norm Coleman's challenges to the 2008 election results in that state, Coleman conceded and cleared the way, at long last, for former comedian Al Franken to join the Senate and give Democrats a potentially filibuster-proof 60 votes, the New York Times reports in its lead story.
no txting in va, pls: The Washington Post reports that a new law takes effect today in Virginia banning the sending or reading of text messages or emails while driving. A similar ban with stiffer fines takes effect Oct. 1 in Maryland, and D.C. already has a law on the books.
Huge IP Verdict in Texas: A jury in Texas hit Abbott Labs with a $1.67 billion damages verdict in a dispute with Johnson & Johnson over Abbott's drug Humira. In a story here, our sibling publication The Recorder analyzes why it happened.