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A Los Angeles federal judge signed off Monday on a settlement of the copyright case involving "Happy Birthday" — billed as the most recognized song in the English language — and ordered that the ditty be placed in the public domain for use at no charge.
Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music agreed to end its claim of ownership and refund $14 million to end the long-running dispute over royalty rights to the tune. The money will be distributed among those who paid licensing fees to use the song during the previous five decades.
"This is a huge victory for the public, and for the artists who want to use 'Happy Birthday to You' in their videos and music," said plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Schacht.
Chipotle is introducing a temporary loyalty program intended to get customers back into its stores following a series of food scares.
The Mexican food chain already has given away millions of burritos through coupons for entrees to try to fill up empty locations after an E. coli outbreak and norovirus cases last year sent sales plunging. In the first three months of this year, Chipotle's sales at established locations were down about 30 percent.
An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.
The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence.
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Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city. The Havana Police Department warned drivers of a massive mayfly swarm on its Facebook page Monday morning, posting two photos that showed the bridge over the Illinois River and a local squad car blanketed by the bugs. At one point the mound of insects piled 6 inches high, according to the post, making for slick and dangerous roadways for vehicles trying to make their way through the mess.
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In a decisive victory for supporters of abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down tough restrictions on abortions in Texas that have more than halved the number of clinics in the state that provide the procedure.
The opinion on one of the most divisive issues in the country came at the end of the current term with only eight justices taking part.
Texas requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same building standards as walk-in surgical centers and doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The challenge to the Texas regulations was one of the most important abortion cases in 25 years.
Since the law imposing the new regulations was passed in 2013, the number of clinics has dropped from 42 to 19 and could fall further to 10.
With a month to go until the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton's campaign is weighing a slate of potential running mates, conducting interviews with candidates and in many cases requesting personal financial and medical information.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked swing state lawmaker who was a finalist on Barack Obama's vice presidential shortlist in 2008, has emerged as an early frontrunner for the job. The top tier list includes: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Housing Secretary Julian Castro, NBC News reported.
Geography and demographics are important - particularly as Democrats eye the possibility of taking control of the Senate, where they covet having a majority in place for the next administration's crucial first 100 days. On the second tier list of possible picks, there are some outside-the-box prospects as well as more widely-circulated names like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
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One of America's oldest commercial industries, fishing along the coast of the Northeast still employs hundreds. But every month that goes by, those numbers fall. After centuries of weathering overfishing, pollution, foreign competition and increasing government regulation, the latest challenge is the one that's doing them in: climate change.
Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.
NBC News reports the Democratic report released Monday exonerates Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of attack, and accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy for political gain. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.
It's unclear when the committee will release its main report. It will be written by the Republican members of Congress who control the Benghazi committee, which was created two years ago.
"We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work," the Democratic members of the committee wrote.
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A 10-year-old child kidnapped from a Dallas home Monday afternoon has been found safe, his family and police say.
The child, identified as Nicholas Fierros Jr., was visiting relatives at a home in the 800 block of Buick Avenue when three men dressed completely in black and wearing masks forced their way in at about 12:30 p.m. and demanded money, at gunpoint, police said.
The gunmen restrained one of the child's adult female relatives, while two other relatives, who are minors, hid elsewhere in the home, police said. The gunmen then took Nicholas with them when they fled in an unknown direction.
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A 24-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday with four counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of four family members whose bodies were found outside a home he shared with them, including a 3-month-old nephew.
The charges against Grayden Denham were the result of a grand jury indictment handed down Friday, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said at a news conference.
A former college student who gave birth in her sorority house was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for killing the newborn by throwing her in the trash.
Emile Weaver, 21, was found guilty by a jury last month of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors said Weaver gave birth in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum University on April 22, 2015, then purposefully caused the death of her baby.
Joining Hillary Clinton for a campaign rally in Ohio, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a fighter who "has never backed down."
The two women joined hands and waved to a cheering crowd in Cincinnati on Monday during their first joint appearance.
"I'm here today because I'm with her," said Warren, a leader of the party's progressives who is being considered as a possible running mate for Clinton. She said Democrats should "work our hearts out" to make Clinton president.
Warren offered yet another harsh critique of likely Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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A mother fatally shot an intruder she discovered in one of her children's bedrooms, according to police.
Officials said the 33-year-old woman had returned home with her kids — ages 5 and 10 — when she encountered the man and opened fire on Sunday. Police said the man was a stranger, NBC affiliate KGW reported.
The mom is cooperating with the investigation and was not arrested, authorities said.
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U.S. stocks traded lower Monday as the Dow Jones and S&P extended their post-Brexit sell-off, CNBC reported. The Dow closed down 261 points, roughly 1.5 percent.
European stocks and currencies had earlier continued their slide, with the British pound near $1.32, close to Friday's 30-year low. In afternoon trade, the Dow was off about 300 points before recovering somewhat.
"Day four after the seismic referendum result and the only thing that's crystal clear is that the U.K. is in the midst of one hell of a political crisis," Chris Scicluna, head of economic research at Daiwa Capital Markets, said in a note.
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