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Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a hurricane watch being issued for South Florida Thursday afternoon as the Southeastern United States braces for the arrival of the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history; a Ninth Circuit panel rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to deny close relatives of Americans an exemption from the president’s travel ban on citizens from six predominately Muslim nations; the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday tossed a challenge to a Greek ban on political polling 15 days before an election, finding voters aren’t harmed by the law, and more.

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1.) In National news a hurricane watch was issued for South Florida Thursday afternoon as the Southeastern United States braces for the arrival of the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history.

2.) The Senate on Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill that will fund the government into December, raise the debt ceiling and provide $15.3 billion in disaster relief to areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

In this June 30, 2017, file photo, critics of President Donald Trump’s travel ban hold signs during a news conference with Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

3.) A Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to deny close relatives of Americans an exemption from the president’s travel ban on citizens from six predominately Muslim nations.

4.) President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated his deputy counsel, listed as a Federalist Society expert on its website, to fill a vacant seat on the D.C. Circuit Court, one of 16 judicial nominees the president sent to the Senate for consideration.

This still was taken from a video posted on the website for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 42-inch pipe that will run nearly 600 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia, to southern North Carolina. (Courthouse News via Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

5.) Fighting to stop two massive pipeline projects, dozens of landowners claim in a federal complaint that the outdated eminent-domain provisions of the Natural Gas Act no longer satisfy constitutional requirements.

Damage from Hurricane Andrew in a large mobile home community in Florida in 1992.

6.) In Regional news and coincidentally timed with Hurricane Irma’s onslaught of the Caribbean, New York’s highest court focused Thursday on how the wheels of justice wade through increasingly common weather phenomena.

In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter’s photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

7.) A divided Fifth Circuit gave Texas a boost this week in its quest to enforce its voter ID law, staying an order that struck down the law as discriminatory.

8.) In International news the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday tossed a challenge to a Greek ban on political polling 15 days before an election, finding voters aren’t harmed by the law.
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