Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Oakland and San Francisco suing five major oil companies on Tuesday, claiming they should cover the costs of sea walls and other projects needed to protect the cities from the consequences of climate change; California’s largest irrigation district on Tuesday rejected funding a contentious $17-billion water project that would replumb the West Coast’s largest estuary; the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that lenders must be frank with borrowers about the economic consequences of foreign-currency loans, and more.

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1.) In National news Oakland and San Francisco sued five major oil companies on Tuesday, claiming they should cover the costs of sea walls and other projects needed to protect the cities from the consequences of climate change.

Allison Eid at her swearing in as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. (Linda McConnell, Associated Press)

2.) President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit promised the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that if confirmed to the bench, she would remain impartial and “follow the law where it takes me.”

3.) The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law could cut federal funding to states by $215 billion through 2026, and by $4 trillion over 20 years, according to a new study.

4.) The Navy surgeon general on Wednesday called images posted on social media over the weekend depicting a naval hospital employee abusing newborns “highly offensive.”

5.) In Regional news California’s largest irrigation district on Tuesday rejected funding a contentious $17-billion water project that would replumb the West Coast’s largest estuary.

President Donald Trump meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

6.) In International news the United Nations General Assembly heard dire warnings from Middle Eastern officials on Wednesday, with the leader of Iran blasting U.S. President Donald Trump as a “rogue newcomer,” and Palestine’s president pressing for a two-state solution with Israel.

7.) Using cellphone data and sewage testing, researchers in Norway have developed a novel approach for measuring drug-use patterns that overcomes limitations that have affected previous efforts to evaluate consumption of pharmaceutical and illicit substances.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
8.) In a blow to banks, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that lenders must be frank with borrowers about the economic consequences of foreign-currency loans.
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