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Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump using his first address before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to threaten North Korea with annihilation; President Trump’s choice for solicitor general won narrow Senate approval, giving the job of arguing for the government in court to a man who spent much of the last decade doing just the opposite; the Maui dolphin — the world’s smallest dolphin species — was listed as an endangered species Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and more.

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United States President Donald Trump speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

1.) In National news audible gasps coursed through the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday as President Donald Trump used his first address before the international peacekeeping body to threaten North Korea with annihilation.

2.) Back to back major hurricanes in the Atlantic basin and catastrophic and deadly weather in other parts of the world led many U.N. member nations gathering in the Trusteeship Council Chambers at U.N. headquarters to link the increase in extreme weather to catastrophic climate change.

Solicitor general nominee Noel Francisco prepares to take a seat at the witness table to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on his nomination on May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

3.) President Donald Trump’s choice for solicitor general won narrow Senate approval Tuesday, giving the job of arguing for the government in court to a man who spent much of the last decade doing just the opposite.

In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 photo, shoppers shop in a Toys R Us store on Black Friday in Miami. Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, announced late Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

4.) Toys R Us announced Monday that sharp competition, lagging sales and crippling debt left over from a decades-old buyout has pushed it to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

5.) In Regional news Rhode Island agreed to give priority hire to 37 minorities who applied for entry-level correctional-officer positions to settle claims that it discriminates against blacks and Latinos.
In this Sept. 1, 2015,  photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
7.) From the world of Medicine comes word the American College of Physicians has reaffirmed its opposition to the expanding legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, citing legal, clinical and other concerns in a position paper.

8.) In Environmental news the Maui dolphin — the world’s smallest dolphin species — was listed as an endangered species Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and its cousin, the Hector’s dolphin, was listed as threatened.

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