News Roundup

News Roundup (2026)

California Judge Signs Off On New Gender, Name for Elon Musk’s Daughter

Elon Musk’s daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson, filed a petition to change her name and gender, which was recently given a stamp of approval from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rafael Ongkeko. So reports The Seattle Times.

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Vermont Law School Rebrands On Back of $8M Donation

Vermont Law School is getting a makeover, and as such will change its name and academic offerings. So reports VTDigger.

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Google Engineer: AI Bot Wants Attorney, Personhood  

Suspended Google engineer Blake Lemoine said the LaMDA “sentient” AI bot has decided to retain legal counsel. So reports The New York Post.

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Chelsea Handler Sues Lingerie Company After Modeling Contract Terminated

Chelsea Handler is taking legal action against the ThirdLove lingerie company after accusing the company of improperly canceling her modeling contract. So reports Us Weekly.

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SCOTUS Reverses Roe v. Wade, States Expected to Act

The U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn the precedent set in Roe v. Wade guaranteeing access to abortions in the U.S. So reports NBC News.

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Kevin Spacey Back in Spotlight After Sex Crime Charges in the U.K.  

Embattled actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual misconduct by prosecutors in the U.K. So reports Reuters.

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NYS High Court Rules Bronx Zoo-confined Elephant Not a Legal Person

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled Happy, an elephant living in the Bronx Zoo, is not a person. So reports CBS News.

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Costco Facing Lawsuit Over Nebraska Facility Chicken Treatment  

Costco is in hot water over its alleged treatment and breeding of its chickens. The lawsuit states plaintiffs have accused the popular membership club of “violating its fiduciary duty to shareholders by not acting lawfully” with respect to the $4.99 rotisserie chickens sold there. So reports Business Insider.

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Google Settles Gender Discrimination Suit, Third-party Analyst to Review Pay Practices  

Google has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 15,000 female employees. So reports MarketWatch.

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NC Proposal to Strengthen Protections for Lawyers Facing Complaints  

New legislation proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly would change the way grievances against lawyers in the state are adjudicated. So reports WRAL-TV.

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