A federal judge has made a tentative ruling that would let the U.S. government pursue its $5 billion civil lawsuit accusing Standard & Poor's of defrauding investors by inflating credit ratings prior to the financial crisis.
Egypt's interim leadership laid out a fast-track timetable to elect a new president and parliament by early next year, in a move that is almost certain to deepen the anger of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's supporters, but could ease Western concerns about the future of democracy in the key Arab nation. Under the plan put forward by the interim president, two panels would be appointed to make amendments to the Islamist-backed constitution passed under Morsi's government.
More details could be released soon about the murder investigation involving former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as search warrants in the case may be unsealed. A judge has granted a motion by news organizations to lift an impoundment of the material.