Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration ordering Russia to close its San Francisco consulate, along with two annex buildings in New York and Washington, all by Saturday; irate by the description of her caseload handling as “lazy” and “slow,” the first Asian woman to be elected to New York’s state court system brought a libel suit Wednesday against the New York Post; a new study says that fathers of newborns born in the United States today are 3.5 years older on average than they were four decades ago, and more.

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In this June 26, 2017, file photo, Lydia Balderas, left, and Merced Leyua, right, join others as they protest against a new sanctuary cities bill outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

1.) In National news a federal judge in San Antonio ruled that several provisions of a Texas law that prohibits sanctuary cities and punishes local officials with jail time and removal from office for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officers are likely unconstitutional.

This Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 photo shows the Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

2.) The Trump administration on Thursday ordered Russia to close its San Francisco consulate, along with two annex buildings in New York and Washington, all by Saturday.

3.) Some diplomats and long-term State Department observers say Secretary of State Tillerson’s move to ditch “special envoys” is a long past due trimming of agency fat and will ultimately result in a more effective organization with clearer lines of responsibility.

Yellowstone grizzly bear wearing a radio neckband (John Good/ National Park Service)

4.) Environmental groups and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have filed two lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the Yellowstone grizzlies.

5.) In Regional news the Ninth Circuit needs to sort out who governs water pumping in western Nevada after hearing three hours of arguments in three cases Wednesday, involving arcane but important issues of Western water law.

Months before her election controversy last year, the New York University School of Law honored state Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan with its 2016 Woman of Distinction Award. (Courthouse News via nycourts.gov)

6.)  Irate by the description of her caseload handling as “lazy” and “slow,” the first Asian woman to be elected to New York’s state court system brought a libel suit Wednesday against the New York Post.

Comcast Headquarters in Philadelphia via Wikipedia.

7.) Remote areas of Vermont still lack reliable internet and cable connections, and Comcast has sued the state in Federal Court, saying it is wrongfully trying to force the company to bear costs of a multimillion-dollar expansion if it wants to keep operating there.

8.) In Research news a new study says that fathers of newborns born in the United States today are 3.5 years older on average than they were four decades ago.
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