Typhoon: Hundreds of people are dead and tens of thousands are homeless after a typhoon hit the Phillipines. The Wall Street Journal reports that the storm caused widespread electrical outages. Economic damages could run in the tens of millions.
Conflict: As Rhode Island fights to reduce pensions, it raises the question of whether a judge can rule impartially on the subject when they have a stake in preserving the status quo. The New York Times reports.
SCOTUS: The Supreme Court handed a victory to property rights advocates when it ruled unanimously that controlled flooding of land by the government may be a taking requiring compensation. Our own Marcia Coyle reports. (subscription required)
Yelp: The recipient of a negative Yelp review has sued his former client, a Virginia woman, for defamation. The Fairfax resident was displeased with recent home renovations and took to the internet. The Washington Post reports that it is one of a growing number of internet defamation suits across the country.
Crime Fodder: Thieves have been stealing hay bales, caused in part by the draught. NPR reports on one resourceful Oklahoma sheriff who recounted how he used GPS technology to bait and track a thief. "Well, can I just take it back and not go to jail?" "I said no."