Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump announcing new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday in response to the country’s recent missile and nuclear tests; the California Coastal Commission sued the federal government for circumventing state and federal environmental laws in order to speed up construction of the border wall; Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega announced his nation’s intent to join the Paris Agreement on Thursday, leaving only two countries sitting out on the talks: the United States and Syria, and more.

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Carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere if half of global-warming emissions are not absorbed. (NASA simulation, 2015)

1.) In National news eight states sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, challenging the Trump administration’s suspension of a greenhouse gas rule that was to take effect seven months ago.

2.) President Donald Trump promised more sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, a response to the country’s recent missile and nuclear tests that have heightened tensions in the region.

3.) The 21.5 million federal employees whose personal information was compromised by the Office of Personnel Management data hack have no legal recourse, a federal judge ruled, saying immunity bars negligence and privacy claims.

The current border fence, with a view of the solid wall jutting into the Pacific Ocean in the background. (Bianca Bruno/CNS)

4.) The California Coastal Commission have sued the federal government for circumventing state and federal environmental laws in order to speed up construction of the border wall.

A self-driving Uber sits ready to take journalists for a ride during a media preview in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

5.) Despite two major victories last week in its trade-secrets war with Uber, attorneys for driverless car company Waymo asked a federal judge to delay a planned October jury trial because it doesn’t have enough time to review smoking-gun evidence Uber recently turned over.

6.) In Regional news the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two lesbian couples who were denied the opportunity to adopt children through Michigan’s foster care system, challenging the state’s practice of letting taxpayer-funded agencies reject qualified same-sex couples because of religious objections.

7.) A political watchdog group filed a complaint with the IRS claiming a nonprofit charity headed by the wife of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore broke the law by using its contributions to advocate for her husband’s campaign.

8.) In International news Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega announced his nation’s intent to join the Paris Agreement on Thursday, leaving only two countries sitting out on the talks: the United States and Syria.
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