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Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today include the death toll from nearly two dozen wildfires burning throughout Northern California continuing to rise and several fires burning in the Wine Country grew unabated, even as the region braced for another bout of gusty winds; the country’s largest water district cemented support for Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion; new evidence shows that runoff from just 10 rivers in the third world are responsible for most of the billions of pounds of plastic waste that enter the ocean every year, and more.

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Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey’s End mobile home park on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

1.) In National news the death toll from nearly two dozen wildfires burning throughout Northern California continues to rise and several fires burning in the Wine Country grew unabated overnight, even as the region braces for another bout of gusty winds on Wednesday.

2.) Grappling with a bid to make corporations liable for human-rights abuses overseas, the conservative justices voiced concern Wednesday about how a reversal could exacerbate diplomatic tensions.

Handguns on display awaiting purchase at a gun store. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

3.) A San Francisco Bay Area county did not violate the Second Amendment by prohibiting three businessmen from opening a gun store near a residential area because there is no protected right to sell guns, an en banc Ninth Circuit ruled.

4.) Laws requiring truthful disclosure are not unconstitutional forced speech, the Ninth Circuit ruled, reversing and remanding dismissal of two cases against financial firms.

The Delta viewed from above Sherman Island, with the Sacramento River above and San Joaquin River below.

5.) In Regional news the country’s largest water district cemented support for Governor Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion, primarily through rate hikes on millions of Southern Californians.

6.) Greenpeace accused a logging company of misusing federal anti-racketeering laws to attack environmental groups that criticize its logging in North America’s largest forest.

State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, left, listens as Senate President Pro Tem Kevin del Leon, D-Los Angeles, right, urges lawmakers to approve a measure to change the rules governing recall elections, June 15, 2017, in Sacramento.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

7.) Voters accused the California Republican Party of fraudulently collecting signatures on a recall petition against first-term Democratic state Senator Josh Newman by falsely claiming the measure would repeal a gasoline tax.

Plastic and other garbage littering a beach in Singapore. (Vaidehi Shah via Wikipedia)

8.) In International news, new evidence shows that runoff from just 10 rivers in the third world are responsible for most of the billions of pounds of plastic waste that enter the ocean every year.

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