A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has upheld a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Shelby County, Alabama, had sued to get out from under requirements that it send all of its election changes to the federal government for pre- approval to protect the interest of minority voters. A judge threw out the lawsuit saying that Congress had acted within its power under the Constitution.
After 15 albums and 31 years in the music business, the band REM is breaking up. In a farewell to fans, frontman Michael Stipe wrote on the band's website that a wise man once said "the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave."
Google critics accuse the company of playing favorites with its search results. Google executives have always denied this, but the accusations haven't gone away. Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions about the company's business practices.