Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge rejecting a U.S. Army captain’s claim that President Obama is waging an illegal war against the Islamic State group; the Orange County District Attorney is ejected from a capital murder case; no damages for a New Jersey teacher who caused a stir talking about her family’s penchant for holiday blackface, and more.

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1.) Suspect Dead in Ohio State Attack

Originally reported as an active-shooter situation, police now say a suspect killed at Ohio State University attacked several people with a large knife Monday morning, sending at least nine to the hospital.

2.) Court Rejects Challenge to War Against Islamic State

A federal judge threw out civil claims by a U.S. Army captain who accused President Barack Obama of waging an illegal war against the Islamic State group.

3.) Recall of Dangerous Ikea Dressers Incites Journos

After focusing considerable attention to a rash of toddler deaths connected to unsteady Ikea dressers, the Philadelphia Inquirer claims in a federal complaint that regulatory stonewalling is frustrating their coverage.

4.) Orange County DA Ejected From Capital Murder Case

Sharply criticizing prosecutors and sheriff’s officers for misusing jailhouse informants and withholding evidence, a California appellate court unanimously agreed last week to kick the Orange County District Attorney’s Office off the worst mass-murder case in county history.

5.) Shooting Claims Against Campus Officer Revived

A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday revived claims that a University of Arizona police officer used excessive force when he fired four shots at a woman holding a knife near campus, finding that a reasonable jury could find in the woman’s favor.

6.)  Judge Orders Cargo Pilots to Go Back to Work

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to ABX Air Inc. and ordered 250 cargo pilots to end a strike that began two days before Thanksgiving.

7.) Maker of Paint Remover to Face Safety Scrutiny

Paint remover Goof Off could be too dangerous to be sold to ordinary consumers even when used as instructed, the Seventh Circuit ruled, reviving claims that static electricity ignited the product.

8.) No Damages for Teacher Over Black-Face Lesson

Christmas has come early in New Jersey after a federal judge tossed out free-speech claims by a teacher who caused a stir by talking about her Dutch family’s penchant for holiday black face.