Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Hurricane Irma, a powerful, Category 4 storm currently barreling toward a landfall in South Florida Sunday morning, is poised to become be the state’s costliest hurricane ever; an audit released Friday revealed a federal agency contributed $84 million to a $16 billion water project in California under the nose of Congress and taxpayers; a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico’s southwest coast late Thursday, killing at least 58 people, injuring hundreds, and rattling buildings as far away as Mexico City, 450 miles from the quake’s epicenter, and more.

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In this GOES-16 geocolor image satellite image taken Thursday, the eye of Hurricane Irma, center, is just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. (NOAA via AP)

1.) In National news Hurricane Irma, a powerful, Category 4 storm currently barreling toward a landfall in South Florida Sunday morning, is poised to become be the state’s costliest hurricane ever, with the damage, by some estimates, potentially reaching $100 billion before the crisis is over.

2.) House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $15 billion package Friday that provides disaster relief for areas recovering from Hurricane Harvey, along with a short-term agreement to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday Sept. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3.) The Trump administration drew a federal court challenge Thursday for a pirouette on vehicle emissions that is expected to save automakers millions.

4.) Sociologist Charis Kubrin, who has been studying the issue of crime and race for nearly 20 years, believes there’s an alarming trend of prosecutors using rap music lyrics in prosecution of violent crimes.

5.) In Regional news an audit released Friday revealed a federal agency contributed $84 million to a $16 billion water project in California under the nose of Congress and taxpayers.

6.) The man known for suing publications that dispute his claim of having invented email lost his defamation claim against the blog Techdirt.

7.) A resolution in the California Senate calling on Congress to investigate human rights abuses against members of a religious group in China has been shelved, and its author believes a letter from the Chinese consulate is to blame.

8.) In International news a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico’s southwest coast late Thursday, killing at least 58 people while injuring hundreds, toppling homes and businesses, and rattling buildings as far away as Mexico City, 450 miles from the quake’s epicenter.

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