Weekly News Update

weekly-news * News came that the state’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and dashing the hopes of health advocates. [NY Times]

*Cellphones and smartphones generally cannot be searched by police without a warrant during arrests, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a major victory for privacy rights. [USA Today]

*As Bridgegate has faded from the view of network comedian monologues and 24-hour MSNBC coverage, Chris Christie has slowly emerged again as the political force he once was. But Christie is not home free yet. [The Daily Beast]

*The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a long-secret memo in which the Obama administration lays out its legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen overseas. [NPR]

*A new advocacy group is helping parents prepare a challenge to New York’s teacher tenure and seniority laws, contending that they violate children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms. [Wall Street Journal]

*Facebook user data was sought last year by the New York County District Attorney’s office and a court directed it to produce virtually all records and communications for 381 accounts. The social networking giant is now asking the court for the return or destruction of the data as well as a ruling on whether the bulk warrants violated the Fourth Amendment. [Computer World]

*In a case with far-reaching implications for the entertainment and technology business, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a television streaming service, had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals on miniature antennas and delivering them to subscribers for a fee. [NY Times]

*The City Council has approved the creation of a program that would provide undocumented New Yorkers with municipal identification cards, allowing them new access to a range of public and private services. [Capital New York]

*Though the New York region is home to more than 75% of the nation’s 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has but a single interpreter on call. [Wall Street Journal]