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Saturday May 14th, 2022 morning edition

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The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting in Connecticut a hoax appear poised to resume soon.

VICTORIA, Texas -- The Sandy Hook families' lawsuits against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting a hoax appear poised to resume soon, based on agreements revealed Friday in the bankruptcy cases of some of Jones' companies.

The bankruptcy filings of Infowars, Prison Planet TV and IW Health last month delayed the lawsuits filed in Texas and Connecticut.

Jones has already lost the defamation lawsuits, and the filings came a week before a jury in Texas was set to begin considering how much money Jones should pay the families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The state cases would then continue against Jones and his largest money-making company, Free Speech Systems, neither of which filed for bankruptcy.

The Sandy Hook families have questioned the legitimacy of the filings, saying they were meant only to delay the defamation lawsuits — claims Jones' lawyers deny.

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 children and six educators. »

Grading firm Wata is facing a lawsuit for allegedly ‘manipulating the retro game market’

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A class-action lawsuit has been brought against game grading firm Wata, which plaintiffs accuse of unfair business practices and “manipulating the retro video game market”.

Every game mentioned above was graded by Wata, a company that gives games a numerical grade depending on their quality.

Although game grading companies already existed before Wata, following its inception in 2018 Wata quickly became considered the authority. »

California Gov. Newsom unveils historic $97.5 billion budget surplus

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is entering the next budget year with a record-smashing surplus of nearly $100 billion, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

Newsom unveiled a revised budget plan of just over $300 billion for the next fiscal year, the highest in state history and fueled by surging tax revenues.

The state has collected $55 billion more in taxes than officials expected in January, leaving it with an estimated $97.5 billion surplus. »

As Finland is all set to apply for NATO membership, Russia has threatened Finland

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Moscow- Russia has said that it will be forced to take “retaliatory steps” over its neighbour Finland’s move to join NATO.

Russia’s deputy UN representative Dmitry Polyansky said that Sweden and Finland would become the next possible targets for Russia if they became NATO members.

Finland will formally announce its decision on Sunday after they will discuss the NATO membership in the parliament and other senior political figures. »

Saudi man charged after Maserati driven down Rome's Spanish Steps

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That apparently went unheeded by a man who this week drove his rented Maserati down the city's Spanish Steps and now faces charges for allegedly causing damage to the landmark, according to police in the Italian capital.

Video footage of the incident released by police shows the Maserati being driven into the pedestrian zone above the steps overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Spanish Steps have served as the backdrop for scenes in countless films, most notably "Roman Holiday," the 1953 movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. »