Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
Judge hurries U.S. naturalization as pregnant woman gets contractions
A judge in California had to speed up the naturalization of a pregnant immigrant on Thursday when the woman, anxious to become a U.S. citizen because of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, started experiencing contractions. The 31-year-old Armenian-American woman, who was scheduled to give birth to her second child next week by cesarean section, said she started to feel contractions after a walk to a Los Angeles convention center where the judge was naturalizing about 3,200 immigrants.
Former Republican lawmaker leaning toward Trump challenge
Joe Walsh, a conservative former U.S. congressman turned talk show host, said on Thursday he was leaning toward a Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump, calling him a liar and a bully who is unfit for office. The long-shot bid for the party's nomination by Walsh, 57, who served one two-year term in Congress, is unlikely to make a dent in the president's popularity among Republicans, which has remained consistently strong.
Two men arrested in California and Wisconsin for alleged workplace threats
Two men in California and Wisconsin who had large firearms caches have been arrested in separate incidents for threatening attacks on their workplaces, authorities in the two states said, following a spate of recent mass shooting threats and three deadly attacks since July. In Southern California, Long Beach police said they arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, on Tuesday, a day after he threatened to attack the hotel where he worked because he was upset over an employment-related issue.
Wells Fargo pays $6.5 million to Navajo Nation over 'predatory' practices
Wells Fargo & Co will pay the Navajo Nation $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit over "predatory and unlawful practices" by the bank, the Native American tribe said on Thursday. The Navajo Nation sued Wells Fargo in federal and tribal courts in 2017, alleging the San Francisco-based bank had opened unauthorized accounts for vulnerable tribe members as part of the potentially millions of fake accounts opened by bank employees nationwide.
USTA under-reported millions, owes back rent: NYC comptroller
The New York City Comptroller said on Thursday that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) had under-reported millions in gross revenue, days before the start of the U.S. Open, the organization's marquee event and final Grand Slam of the year. The USTA's National Tennis Center owes the city more than $300,000 in rent after it "under-reported at least $31 million in revenue between 2014 and 2017", the comptroller's office said.
Four people wounded in Los Angeles Skid Row shooting, female suspect at large
An armed woman opened fire in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, wounding four people and triggering a hunt for the suspect, police said. The shooting occurred shortly after noon, but Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman officer Rosario Cervantes said circumstances surrounding the gun violence were not immediately known.
Homes, college evacuated as wildfire erupts in Northern California
A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday on the outskirts of a National Forest in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of a community college, a major highway and some residents, officials said. The Mountain Fire, which erupted about noon PDT just north of the town of Bella Vista in Shasta County, had raced across some 600 acres (240 hectares) within a few hours, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its incident website.
U.S. judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Puerto Rico pension law
A lawsuit filed by Puerto Rico's financial oversight board over a new pension and healthcare funding law will move forward after a federal judge on Thursday denied the U.S. commonwealth's motion to dismiss the case. The litigation, which marked the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the board and the government over spending priorities, targets a law that transfers hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal pension and healthcare costs to the bankrupt Puerto Rico government.
Harvey Weinstein to be arraigned again ahead of criminal trial
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday morning on an indictment in connection with his upcoming criminal trial, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney said on Thursday. The contents of the indictment could not immediately be determined. The spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to comment on the substance of the indictment.
As economic warning signs flash, Trump, Democratic rivals recalibrate messages
After two years touting a booming economy as his own doing, U.S. President Donald Trump is test driving a new message on the economy: Any chance of a recession is not his fault. But Democrats, who are shifting their message too, seem to be saying "not so fast." Trump has moved from touting positive economic indicators since his 2016 election to now trying to blame someone else for a possible economic slowdown, while his advisers and officials are scrambling to insist there is nothing to worry about.