Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the man accused of turning a Load ’N Go flatbed truck into a weapon of terror on a New York City appearing in court for the first time; the government reports the U.S. fishing industry caught a strong tide in 2016; California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of 34 new judges to state superior courts, selecting a balance of prosecutors and defenders, court commissioners and lawyers in private practice; a long-standing theory of the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes has been confirmed after scientists sequenced the genome of asparagus in an effort to find a better plant, and more.

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Interstate 69 is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

1.) In National news around 50 attorneys representing people whose homes or businesses were damaged by flooding from two Houston dams in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey crowded into a federal courtroom Wednesday to recommend how to organize the litigants into subgroups, while some asked to be named lead counsel for the sprawling litigation.

Eric Fleming, 41, stops by to express his condolences in front of a bike memorial where people leave flowers to remember the victims of the attack on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

2.) At odds with President Donald Trump’s concession that the accused perpetrator of New York City’s deadly truck attack will not be tried at Guantanamo Bay, Attorney General Jeff Sessions boasted Thursday that the creaky war court remains open for business.

In this courtroom drawing, defendant Sayfullo Saipov, right, addresses the court during his arraignment on federal terrorism charges, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Manhattan Federal Court in New York. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

3.) Wheeled before a judge for the first time, the man accused of turning a Load ’N Go flatbed truck into a weapon of terror on a New York City bike lane made his appearance fresh from Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday.

A view upstream on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.(Confluence Partners, LLC via AP)

4.) The Trump administration may undo a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a policy set by former President Barack Obama.

Via NOAA

5.) The U.S. fishing industry caught a strong tide in 2016, the government reported Wednesday, unveiling its annual snapshot that tracks fisheries by species, as well as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice, is the third female federal appeals court judge nominated by President Trump that the Senate has confirmed this week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

6.) In Regional news the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit on Thursday, and went on to also confirm his nominee for the 3rd Circuit.

Gov. Jerry Brown (Rich Pedeoncelli/Associated Press)

7.) California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of 34 new judges to state superior courts on Thursday, selecting a balance of prosecutors and defenders, court commissioners and lawyers in private practice that reflects California’s racial and ethnic diversity – though most of the choices are Democrats.

A honeybee collects pollen from a male garden asparagus plant. (Piet Beurskens)

8.) In Science news a long-standing theory of the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes has been confirmed after scientists sequenced the genome of asparagus in an effort to find a better plant.

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