Court fees: The Louisiana Commission on Justice System Funding met Monday to discuss a cost overhaul of Louisiana’s court system, with many fines, fees and charges potentially being reduced or eliminated as early as next year, The Center Square reports. Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, says the commission plans to publish a report in February that will serve as the basis for potential legislation in the 2022 regular session. Read the full story.
What happened?: Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms are back online after a massive global outage plunged the services and the businesses and people who rely on them into chaos for hours yesterday. Facebook says “the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change” and that there is “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result” of the outage. Read the full story.
Climate change: Three scientists won the Nobel Prize for physics today for work that found order in seeming disorder, helping to explain and predict complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change. Syukuro Manabe, originally from Japan, and Klaus Hasselmann of Germany were cited for their work in “the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.” The second half of the prize went to Giorgio Parisi of Italy for explaining disorder in physical systems, ranging from those as small as the insides of atoms to the planet-sized. Read the full story.