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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer listens during an event in Boston in February. On Tuesday, a high court argument was interrupted by the sound of a ring chime, and Breyer was the culprit.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cellphone

Cellphones and other electronic devices are not permitted inside the courtroom where Supreme Court justices hear cases.

Even lawyers arguing cases before the justices are forbidden from bringing in their cellphones.

Before entering the courtroom, visitors must leave their phones in lockers and pass through metal detectors.

During Tuesday morning's arguments in the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the ring of a cellphone could be heard.

A mountain lion, although not this one, has been confirmed as the "shadow of an animal" that made off with a Pescadero, Calif., homeowner's dog.

Confirmed: Mountain Lion Took Pescadero, Calif., Dog While Owner Slept

A trace of mountain lion DNA found mixed with dog blood confirms that's what took a Pescadero, Calif., homeowner's pet, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the Two-Way reported, a woman told a 911 operator that she was sleeping with her child and her 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, which began barking aggressively at about 3 a.m.

Raj Panjabi knows what health care can be like in a developing country. As a boy in Liberia he never had his eyes checked. When he came to the U.S. at age 9, he found out he had 20/80 vision.

What This Doctor Is Going To Do With His $1 Million TED Prize

It sounds like a fairy tale. A benefactor gives you a million dollars to make a wish come true.

Only it can't be a selfish wish. The TED annual award goes each year to an "exceptional individual with a creative and bold vision to solve a timely, pressing problem." (TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "ideas worth spreading" and sponsors the TED talks aird on NPR's TED Radio Hour.)

President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument in December. Here, the namesake "bears ears" are pictured from Cedar Mesa, in the southeast Utah high desert.

Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday that could end up shrinking — or even nullifying — some large federal national monuments on protected public lands, as established since the Clinton administration.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, walk toward Marine One at the White House on March 3. A watchdog group says that Kushner should recuse himself from certain duties since he is President Trump's son-in-law and has potentially conflicting business ties.

Watchdog Group Sees Conflicts In Jared Kushner's Vast Wealth, Responsibilities

A liberal watchdog group says Jared Kushner, who is both President Trump's son-in-law and an adviser with far-reaching duties, should recuse himself from working on a sweeping array of tax, financial and foreign policy issues.

U.S. Secret Service agents stand on the tarmac as Air Force One lands in West Palm Beach, Fla., in February.

Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service

President Trump has chosen Randolph "Tex" Alles to lead the U.S. Secret Service, turning to an outsider to head the beleaguered agency tasked with protecting the president and his family.

A retired Marine Corps general, Alles is currently acting deputy commissioner of customs and border protection. He is the first Secret Service director in recent history not to come from within the ranks — a step many congressional critics have said is necessary to remake the service's culture.

Cherokee Nation Sues Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens Over Tribal Opioid Crisis

The Cherokee Nation is suing top drug distributors and pharmacies — including Wal-Mart — alleging they profited greatly by "flooding" communities in Oklahoma with prescription painkillers, leading to the deaths of hundreds of tribal members.

Protester Moina Shaiq holds a sign at a rally outside City Hall in San Francisco. On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary communities.

Federal Court In San Francisco Blocks Trump's Threat Against Sanctuary Cities

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with immigration authorities, commonly known as sanctuary cities.

Mexicans No Longer Make Up Majority Of Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

For the first time in more than a decade, Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally, according to new estimates by the Pew Research Center.

New TV Shows And Movies? They'll Stay In The Writer's Mind If There's A Strike

TV and film writers resumed contract negotiations Tuesday with Hollywood producers with a powerful bargaining tool. Late Monday, the Writers Guild of America said members had overwhelmingly authorized a strike if an agreement is not reached by May 1. That's when the current contract runs out.

More than 90 percent of eligible writers voted to authorize a strike, even though the last strike a decade ago cost some writers their jobs and shut down TV and movie production.

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