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Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including new evidence leading to an update of when an ancient ice sheet that used to cover large portions of North America melted; the Senate Judiciary Committee approving five judicial nominees on Thursday, including two rated not qualified earlier this week; an attorney tells the Ninth Circuit public school boards should be allowed to open their meetings with an invocation just like other legislative bodies do; an adviser to Europe’s highest court offered recommendations Thursday for adjudicating claims employment-discrimination claims against a church-run charity, and more.

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Melting ice in Greenland.

1.) In Climate news new evidence has led to an update of when an ancient ice sheet that used to cover large portions of North America melted – a discovery has implications for modern ice sheets and glaciers in the face of climate change.

Holly Lou Teeter, nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

2.) In National news the Senate Judiciary Committee approved five judicial nominees on Thursday, including a White House lawyer up for a spot on the D.C. Circuit and two federal court nominees the American Bar Association rated as not qualified earlier this week.

Federal Election Commission building, in Washington, D.C.

3.) Blaming the regulatory quicksand for the flood of Russian propaganda in last year’s presidential election, a campaign watchdog group urged the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to tighten up disclaimer rules.

Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

4.) The pastor of the Texas church where 26 people were murdered during Sunday services said he plans on demolishing the building to make room for a memorial for the dead.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

5.) In Regional news in a five-day trial that ended Wednesday, Texas health providers told a federal judge that a new law banning dilation and evacuation abortion is unconstitutional and part of the state’s plan to chip away at a woman’s right to choose by banning abortion one procedure at a time.

California Treasurer John Chiang holds a news conference with affordable housing advocates.

6.) California Treasurer John Chiang called on the state’s Republican congressional representatives Thursday to vote against the GOP tax plan, which he said would decimate affordable housing in the state and increase homelessness.

A typical early morning scene in the Chino Valley Unified School District. Via Twitter.

7.) Public school boards should be allowed to open their meetings with an invocation just like other legislative bodies do, an attorney for a Southern California school district told a Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday.

The chambers of the European Court of Justice.

8.) In International news an adviser to Europe’s highest court offered recommendations Thursday for adjudicating claims employment-discrimination claims against a church-run charity.

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