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Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a new executive order signed Sunday night by President Donald Trump adding North Korea and Venezuela to the list of Muslim-majority countries whose citizens face restricted entry to the United States; big industries and the State of Alaska have no grounds to challenge a federal policy regulating road-building and tree-cutting in 58 million acres of National Forests, a federal judge ruled, dismissing the 16-year-old case with prejudice; European lawmakers on Monday voted to end nearly nine years of forced austerity measures in Greece, finding the nation has nearly recovered from the 2008 global financial meltdown, and more.

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1.) In National news a new executive order signed Sunday night by President Donald Trump adds North Korea and Venezuela to the list of Muslim-majority countries whose citizens face restricted entry to the United States.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner arrives at Manhattan Federal Court on Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

2.) Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner wept loudly Monday as a federal judge ordered him to spend 21 months in prison for sexting an underage teenager.

3.) Big industries and the State of Alaska have no grounds to challenge a federal policy regulating road-building and tree-cutting in 58 million acres of National Forests, a federal judge ruled, dismissing the 16-year-old case with prejudice.

4.) Though far below levels from a decade ago, new data released Monday by the FBI shows a small uptick in the number of violent crimes committed in the United States last year.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford Massachusetts shared this photo of its Asian elephants, Ruth and Emily, in a Facebook post advertising Elephant Appreciation Day on Sept. 23. (Photo credit: Lindsey Audunson)

5.) In Regional news local advocates challenging a Massachusetts zoo’s plan to close its elephant exhibit when the main attractions die brought a federal complaint to have the long-suffering beasts live out their last days at a natural reserve.

Hillsboro, Ohio, Mayor and veteran standup comedian Drew Hastings in his home, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Hillsboro, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
6.) Citing a racially charged social media post by a small-town Ohio mayor — “When are people going to figure out that we are in a Revolution in this Country. Blacks have all but formally declared war on whites” — a black employee brought a federal complaint against Hillsboro and its mayor, seeking punitive damages.
7.) The Seventh Circuit handed a victory to the Libertarian Party on Friday, declaring an Illinois requirement that third parties run a full slate of candidates to get on the ballot unconstitutional.
Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, right, speaks to Dutch Finance Minister and chair of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem during a press conference in Athens, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Dijsselbloem is in Greece on a one day official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

8.) In International news European lawmakers on Monday voted to end nearly nine years of forced austerity measures in Greece, finding the nation has nearly recovered from the 2008 global financial meltdown.

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