Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked rulings from federal judges that invalidated two congressional districts in Texas and nine state House districts; Global corporations are quietly fixing a dollar amount on their carbon emissions as incentive to help them emit less while the Trump administration remains unconvinced about the specter of climate change; Curfews were lifted as 34,000 workers began the enormous task of repairing and rebuilding Florida from destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma, and more.

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1.) In National News, a divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked rulings from federal judges that invalidated two congressional districts in Texas and nine state House districts, meaning the state could potentially use the disputed maps for the 2018 elections.

 

(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

2.) New findings about the strength of North Korea’s Sept. 3 nuclear test raised tensions Wednesday as experts called on Congress to ramp up sanctions.


3.) While the Trump administration remains unconvinced about the specter of climate change, global corporations are quietly fixing a dollar amount on their carbon emissions as incentive to help them emit less, according to a recent study.

(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

4.) Ten U.S. citizens and one green card holder claim in a federal class action that Homeland Security officers improperly searched laptops and smartphones without warrants from people entering the country

 

(Courthouse News Service via NOAA)

5.) In International News, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that Spanish vessels having a week longer than the ships of five other countries to fish for bluefin tuna nearly a decade ago does not support an award of millions to several aggrieved Italian fishermen.

6.) In a blow to EU nations seeking to ban or limit planting genetically modified crops within their borders, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that can only happen if the GMO crops are scientifically proven to be a serious risk to health or the environment.

7.) In Regional News, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called for a tax increase to pay for cleanup from Hurricane Harvey, saying the process could drag on until Christmas if a tax hike is not approved to pay for more garbage contractors.

(Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

8.) Meanwhile, in Florida, curfews were lifted and Miami International Airport reopened Tuesday as 34,000 workers began the enormous task of repairing and rebuilding the Sunshine State from destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma.

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