Nuked: The Senate's rule change restricting filibusters smooths the path to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for President Obama's picks to fill three vacancies. Democrats resorted to the "nuclear option" to curb the minority's power to filibuster. "It's time to change the U.S. Senate before this body becomes obsolete," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. The Washington Post reports: "Senate’s filibuster rule change should help Obama achieve key second-term priorities."
Awarded: A jury in San Jose, Calif., has awarded Apple $290 million in damages against rival Samsung over iPad and iPhone patent infringement claims, The Recorder reports. The award at the closely watched retrial brings the total owed to $930 million. Coverage here in Bloomberg and here in Reuters.
Seized: The District of Columbia now owns a strip club, The Washington Post reports. "The District's Office of Tax and Revenue has seized the Stadium Club, a steakhouse and gentleman's club popular with professional athletes and hip-hop artists and the home for a reality show called "Strip Club Queens," in order to pay off the debts of owner James Redding," according to the report.
Resigned: "Utah’s embattled attorney general, John Swallow, resigned Thursday amid persistent questions about whether he had committed widespread ethics violations, saying the legal fight had become too costly," The New York Times reports.
Trapped: The New York Times reports today: "Service Members Left Vulnerable to Payday Loans." From the report: "Nearly seven years since the Military Lending Act came into effect, government authorities say the law has gaps that threaten to leave hundreds of thousands of service members across the country vulnerable to potentially predatory loans — from credit pitched by retailers to pay for electronics or furniture, to auto-title loans to payday-style loans."
Denied: A federal judge in Trenton has rejected a sitting mayor's effort to suppress wiretap evidence in the corruption case against him. “I’ve got a lot on my mind right now,” Trenton Mayor Tony Mack said.
Mistrial: The Los Angeles Times reports: "A mistrial has been declared in the trial of an Irvine attorney accused of helping his wife set up a drug bust in a scheme to seek revenge against a PTA volunteer."