Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration on Friday slapping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA; a divided three-judge panel of federal judges declined to throw out Maryland’s congressional voting map that challengers say was intentionally designed to give Democrats an electoral edge; Canadians will be able to select a third , unspecified gender option for their passports starting August 31, and more.

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1.) In National news Houston streets were buzzing with traffic Friday as people scrambled to get supplies to ride out predicted flooding from Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 3 storm, and a light drizzle grew into a steady downpour.

2.) The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA.

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3.) Federal regulators ducked a conservation-minded challenge Thursday concerning rules meant to minimize fishing bycatch.

Volkswagen engineer James Robert Liang, left, leaves court, in Detroit, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy in the company’s emissions cheating scandal. (Virginia Lozano/Detroit News via AP, File)

4.) An engineer responsible for one of the biggest automotive scandals in history was sentenced Friday to 40 months in prison and a $200,000 fine for his role in hiding high emissions levels in Volkswagen diesel vehicles.

5.) In Regional news a divided three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday declined to throw out Maryland’s congressional voting map that challengers say was intentionally designed to give Democrats an electoral edge.

6.) A Florida ministry accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of defamation after the center’s hate-group designation caused Amazon to deny the church’s application to raise funds through the internet giant’s charitable website.

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7.) A former day care worker who was freed last year after spending almost a decide in prison on charges that she killed a baby claims police and a state’s witness fabricated a report finding that the baby died of shaken-baby syndrome.

8.) In International news starting August 31, Canadians will be able to select a third, unspecified gender option for their passports. The move, announced Thursday, is intended to protect the rights of Canadians who choose not identify as male or female.

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