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    A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese. Ferguson said his office needs the records to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests. King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott sided with the archdiocese, which argued that under the state’s law governing charitable trusts, Ferguson did not have authority to enforce the subpoena. The law contains an exemption designed to ensure the state does not meddle in religious practices. Ferguson said he would appeal.

      Officials say the pilot of a helicopter that was responding to a small wildfire in central Idaho before crashing in the Sawtooth National Forest survived and was able to hike to a waiting ambulance. The helicopter was among the aircraft responding Thursday night to a small wildfire burning near Redfish Lake, a popular camping and recreation destination. U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Angela Hawkins says the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident. Authorities issued an emergency closure that will impact a lodge, campgrounds and trails in the Redfish Lake area due to the fire.

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seeking to broaden support outside Washington, D.C., for U.S. military aid to his country. Zelenskyy told the National Governors Association summer meeting in Salt Lake City on Friday that the world’s leaders should see for themselves the carnage wrought since Russia invaded his country more than two years ago. He called for more air defense systems for Ukrainian cities, weapons for troops on the frontline, and humanitarian aid. While governors don’t vote on U.S. military aid to Ukraine, Zelenskyy's visit shows willingness to connect with other leaders in America to plead his country’s case.

          A federal appeals court panel has ruled that Tennessee does not unconstitutionally discriminate against transgender people by not allowing them to change the sex designation on their birth certificates. In a 2-1 ruling on Friday, the majority opinion of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found, “There is no fundamental right to a birth certificate recording gender identity instead of biological sex." The opinion notes that only 11 states currently allow a people to change their birth certificates based solely on a declaration of their gender identity. That is what the plaintiffs are asking for in Tennessee.

            Georgia’s tax collections ran more than $2 billion ahead of projections for the budget year that ended June 30, even though tax revenues fell slightly. That means the state's cash cushion will be larger than expected when the state closes the books on the 2024 budget year in coming months. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and lawmakers decided earlier this year to spend part of the state’s accumulated surplus, previously estimated at $10.7 billion. It also means that Kemp’s administration for the fourth year significantly underestimated how much Georgia would collect in taxes. Thus more money is held in surplus instead of being used to boost spending on government services or cut taxes.

              A judge has thrown out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case, finding that the former New York City mayor had flouted the process with his lack of transparency. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane formalized the decision Friday. Lawyers for Giuliani and his two biggest creditors — two former election workers he was found to have defamed — had agreed that dismissing the case was the best way forward. The dismissal ends Giuliani’s pursuit of bankruptcy protection but doesn’t absolve him of his debts. His creditors can now pursue other legal remedies to recoup at least some of the money they’re owed, such as getting a court order to seize his apartments and other assets.

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