Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump on Friday reversing a historic normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations and did so at a theater named for the leader of a disastrous plot to overthrow Fidel Castro; a Minnesota jury on Friday acquitted St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter for the fatal traffic-stop shooting of Philando Castile last summer;Oregon will be the first state to allow residents to mark a third, “not specified” gender option on state identification cards, and more.

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President Donald Trump announces changes to Obama-era Cuba policy on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

1.) In National news President Donald Trump on Friday reversed an historic normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations and did so at a theater named for the leader of a disastrous plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.

2.) President Donald Trump finally conceded Friday that he is the subject of a federal investigation, testily claiming in a tweet that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.

3.) A Minnesota jury on Friday acquitted St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter for the fatal traffic-stop shooting of Philando Castile last summer, the aftermath of which was streamed lived on Facebook.

4.) In Regional news, the central California tiger salamander finally has a required recovery plan 13 years after designation as a threatened species.

6.) Unable to pass the White Marlin Open Tournament’s polygraph scrutiny about his winning catch, a Florida fisherman suffered federal court defeat in his efforts to collect the $2.8 million prize.
7.) In a decision praised by transgender rights activists, Oregon will be the first state to allow residents to mark a third, “not specified” gender option on state identification cards.
8.) In International news, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking the forfeiture and recovery of almost $540 million in assets tied to a money-laundering scheme that allegedly misappropriated funds set aside for the benefit of the Malaysian people.
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