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Jus­tice Gins­burg in hos­pi­tal af­ter frac­tur­ing 3 ribs in fall

Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg frac­tured three ribs in a fall in her of­fice at the court and is in the hos­pi­tal, the court said Thurs­day.

The court’s old­est jus­tice, 85, fell Wed­nes­day evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court po­lice to take her to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton early Thurs­day af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight, court spokes­woman Kathy Ar­berg said.

Mis­souri duck boat cap­tain in­dicted in deaths of 17

Four months af­ter a duck boat sank in Mis­souri, killing 17 peo­ple, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced Thurs­day that the cap­tain of the ves­sel was in­dicted on crim­i­nal charges.

Ken­neth Scott McKee, 51, was op­er­at­ing Stretch Duck 7 when the am­phibi­ous ves­sel sank July 19 in Bran­son, Mis­souri, with 31 peo­ple on board dur­ing a thun­der­storm. For each of the 17 killed, a fed­eral grand jury in­dicted McKee on counts of mis­con­duct, neg­li­gence or inat­ten­tion to duty by a ship’s of­fi­cer, re­sult­ing in death.

Thou­sands flee from fast-mov­ing North­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire

A fast-grow­ing wild­fire forced tens of thou­sands of res­i­dents from their North­ern Cal­i­for­nia homes Thurs­day.

The Camp Fire has scorched al­most 8 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacra­mento, ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire. The fire burned about 80 acres per minute, ac­cord­ing to UCLA cli­mate sci­en­tist Daniel Swain. That’s equal to about 60 foot­ball fields per minute.

For­mer NY at­tor­ney gen­eral won’t face sex abuse charges

The spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor in­ves­ti­gat­ing for­mer New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man said Thurs­day that she couldn’t bring crim­i­nal charges over al­le­ga­tions he phys­i­cally abused women he dated, in part, be­cause state law doesn’t ex­plic­itly out­law such be­hav­ior.

In clos­ing the six-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Nas­sau County District At­tor­ney Made­line Sin­gas im­plored law­mak­ers to pass leg­is­la­tion to crim­i­nal­ize slap­ping, shov­ing and other vi­o­lence com­mit­ted for sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

FAA is­sues emer­gency di­rec­tive af­ter jet crash in In­done­sia

The U.S. Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued an emer­gency di­rec­tive on how to han­dle er­ro­neous data from a sen­sor that in­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect mal­func­tioned on a new Boe­ing jet that plunged into the sea in In­done­sia, killing all 189 peo­ple on board.

The di­rec­tive gives reg­u­la­tory weight to Boe­ing’s safety bul­letin that it sent to op­er­a­tors of Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes based on find­ings from the In­done­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash of a Lion Air jet Oct. 29.

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