Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including a purported terror attack in central London leaving four dead and 20 seriously wounded; the Supreme Court ruling copyright laws do protect zig-zags and other designs on cheerleading uniforms; Senate Democrats skewer Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on allegiances; the high court bolsters the rights of learning-disabled public school students, and more.

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1.) Four Dead, 20 Seriously Injured After Attack Near British Parliament

Four people have died and 20 people suffered injuries Wednesday, after a lone attacker struck them with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, near the British Parliament building, and then commenced to stab onlookers and at least one police officer.

 2.) High Court Shakes Its Pom-Poms for Uniform Makers

Adding a new kind of chevron to its precedent, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday copyright laws do protect zig-zags and other designs on cheerleading uniforms.

 3.) Senate Dems Skewer Judge Gorsuch on Allegiances

Emotional exchanges on abortion, equal-protection rights and executive authority dominated Wednesday as the Senate concludes its lengthy confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

 4.) Justices Bolster Rights of Learning-Disabled Students

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of learning-disabled students by requiring public school districts to ensure their special education programs offer these children more than the bare minimum of instruction.

 5.) Workers Prevail in High Court Bankruptcy Fight

Handing a New Jersey company’s truck drivers a victory, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Wednesday that bankruptcy courts can’t allow select creditors to jump the repayment line and leave others empty-handed.

 6.) Anonymous Local Hero’s Name Revealed — by His Death

Whenever a late-night car accident, fire or natural disaster hit Luis Obispo County, residents turned to the well-known, but anonymous SLOStringer’s Facebook page for details. On Tuesday, they learned his name — because he died in a crash as he headed to cover a fire just before 4 a.m.

 7.) Needle-Phobic Pharmacist Loses $1.8 M on Appeal

Reversing and remanding a $1.8 million jury verdict, the Second Circuit found Tuesday that Rite Aid was justified in firing a needle-phobic pharmacist who refused to administer immunizations.

 8.) Networks Prevail in Fight With Online TV Service

The major television networks scored an appeals court victory Tuesday in a closely watched case that pitted them against an online platform that streamed shows without broadcasters’ permission.

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