Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General Jeff Sessions began the rollback of the “Dreamers” program, rescinding the rule that lets people who came to the United States illegally as children remain in the country; a large scale study shows natural selection actively weeds out unfavorable gene variants linked to heavy smoking and Alzheimer’s disease, proving  humans continue to evolve; the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted Romania’s judiciary for its failure to protect the rights of a man who’d been fired for using the internet during work – a fact only discovered when the company monitored his email messages, and more.

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Julia Paley, of Arlington, Va., dances with a sign that reads “DACA Don’t Destroy Dreamers Dreams” during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) In National news Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday began the rollback of the “Dreamers” program, instructing the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the rule that lets people who came to the United States illegally as children remain in the country.

2.) With their homes soaked by Tropical Storm Harvey, some Houston residents are uprooting their lives, choosing to move out of flood-prone neighborhoods before the next big storm hits.

3.) A week after Hurricane Harvey saturated Houston with historic rainfall and as neighborhoods in the western part of the city are still underwater, residents claim in a class action that governmental mismanagement of two dams is to blame for the flooding that’s forced them to evacuate their homes.

People stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, file)

4.) Interrupting their summer hiatus, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a legal-fee case where Illinois prison guards left an inmate without medical care after beating and throwing him head-first against a cell toilet.

5.) In Regional news a former Catholic priest, John Feit, will finally face a jury next week, more than 57 years after the 1960 murder of a 25-year-old South Texas beauty queen for which he has long been a suspect.

6.) The Trump administration cannot put off a plan to curb air pollution from Texas power plants until 2019, a federal judge ruled, refusing to further delay a process that’s dragged on for nearly a decade.

New research finds that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in some populations. (National Institutes of Health)

7.) From the world of Science comes a large scale study that shows natural selection actively weeds out unfavorable gene variants linked to heavy smoking and Alzheimer’s disease, proving  humans continue to evolve.

The grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

8.) In International news the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted Romania’s judiciary for its failure to protect the rights of a man who’d been fired for using the internet during work – a fact only discovered when the company monitored his email messages.

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