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Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending that President Donald Trump shrink the boundaries of four national monuments;the president making his United Nation’s debut; Florida beginning a criminal probe into the deaths at a nursing ho me following Hurricane Irma; a federal judge finding no copyright infringement in a ribald off-Broadway satirist’s take on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and more.

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The northernmost boundary of the proposed Bears Ears region, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, along with management changes to several other sites. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

1.) In National news a leaked memo shows that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump shrink the boundaries of four national monuments, while altering how six others are managed.

2.) This year’s United Nations General Assembly has brought together in New York hundreds of leaders including the body’s leadership and more than 90 heads of state. President Donald Trump per usual is leaving all of them in suspense.

3.) Environmentalists won a victory of sorts Friday when the 10th Circuit found that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has “acknowledged that climate change is a scientifically verified reality,” and ordered the BLM to revisit its environmental impact statement on four coal leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin — but refused to vacate the leases.

4.) Chicago won a partial victory Friday against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to financially punish sanctuary cities for refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.

5.) In Regional news a South Florida nursing home where several residents died during a power outage from Hurricane Irma is blaming Florida Power & Light for the tragedy, claiming it failed to respond to reports of an impending medical emergency.

6.) The University of California and a private strawberry breeding startup have settled a bitter dispute over UC Davis’ multimillion-dollar strawberry plants, after a jury found that the startup’s founders stole the plants to get an edge in the state’s mammoth strawberry market.
Texas Supreme Court justices listen as an attorney argues his case. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)
7.) The checkerboard of public access in Texas courts was the focus of a conference on freedom of information earlier this week that included a bureau chief, a local clerk, a legislator and a supreme court clerk.
8.) In Entertainment news  a federal judge found no copyright infringement in a ribald off-Broadway satirist’s take on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
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