What We're Following: Friday Afternoon, 8/28

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Good afternoon. Here’s more news:

NSA: A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the federal government in Klayman v. Obama, one of the major legal challenges to the agency’s surveillance programs. The decision vacates a ruling against the the program—revealed by Snowden in 2013—that collected phone metadata. Update: More here.

Vatican: Jozef Wesolowski, the first person to be tried by a Vatican criminal court on child-sex-abuse charges has died of apparently natural causes while awaiting trial. He was the Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic until 2013, when he was recalled amid allegations he sexually abused minors in Santo Domingo, and was defrocked.

Ashley Madison: The social network for philanderers, as my colleague Rob artfully put it, said its CEO, Noel Biderman, was stepping down. It comes after hackers published sensitive data of 32 million members, including login credentials and credit-card information.