Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including eight people have died and at least 11 were injured in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said was a terrorist attack on innocent pedestrians and bicyclists on and around a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial; the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of a Notre Dame law professor to the Seventh Circuit; Spain’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended  the ousted Catalan parliament’s vote to declare independence as it continues to study the legal questions the declaration raised, and more.

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Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

1.) In National news eight people have died and at least 11 were injured in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said was a terrorist attack on innocent pedestrians and bicyclists on and around a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and ACLU of Indiana sued the Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., over its annual living nativity, claiming it “represents an endorsement of religion.”

2.) The 7th Circuit on Tuesday heard a dispute over high school’s live nativity, a session during which one of the judges asked an ACLU lawyer whether a high school performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” would violate the U.S. Constitution.

Seventh Circuit nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her confirmation hearing. (CSPAN)

3.) The Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of a Notre Dame law professor to the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday afternoon, the second Trump nominee lawmakers have confirmed in as many days.

Exxon Mobil is settling air pollution cases with the Trump administration by paying a $2.5 million civil penalty and promising to spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

4.) ExxonMobil reached a $2.5 million settlement on carbon emissions Tuesday that will cost it $300 million in compliance measures for facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

5.) In Regional news the American Civil Liberties Union followed through Tuesday on its threat to sue the Trump administration for not releasing a disabled, undocumented 10-year-old Mexican girl who was arrested by Border Patrol agents last week at a Texas hospital.

Student Kevin Shaw, 27, hands out copies of the U.S. Constitution and aims to recruit members for Young Americans for Liberty at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. He is suing the college for restricting his free-speech rights. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Bowery/FIRE)

6.) Last week, Pierce College student Kevin Shaw learned the U.S. Justice Department supported him in his fight against a school policy that limits free speech on the Los Angeles County campus.

7.) From the world of Science, a new study finds climate change could dramatically alter the planet’s typical weather response to massive volcanic eruptions.

People wave “estelada” or pro independence flags outside the Palau Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain, after Catalonia’s regional parliament passed a motion with which they say they are establishing an independent Catalan Republic, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

8.) In International news, Spain’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended  the ousted Catalan parliament’s vote to declare independence as it continues to study the legal questions the declaration raised.

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