A project from Northwestern University's Knight Lab, a collaboration between Medill & McCormick.
"TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet, like the one we used for the Timeline above. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality."
A free public archive of US court documents. It's designed to lower your costs for accessing the documents electronically. If you're reporting developing stories, you'd probably still have to pay for access to the documents through the federal court system's PACER -- if you're working on breaking news.