Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including U.S. wildlife regulators removing an Obama-era restriction on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia; Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized to a Los Angeles radio anchor who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and taking a photo as she slept that showed him reaching for her breasts; Monsanto sued California in federal court, claiming its plan to list glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer — as a probable carcinogen is unconstitutional forced speech; Alabama’s largest newspaper group stood by its reporting Wednesday despite Senate candidate Roy Moore’s statement that he has “taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation,” and more.

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1.) In National news, U.S. wildlife regulators removed an Obama-era restriction on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a church revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

2.) Alabama’s largest newspaper group stood by its reporting Wednesday despite Senate candidate Roy Moore’s statement that he has “taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation” in response to numerous women’s allegations that he’d tried to date them or initiate sexual encounters when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

Two years before the former comedian’s election to Congress, Sen. Al Franken posted for this 2006 photograph with Leeann Tweeden, now a morning news anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles. Tweeden accused Franken on Nov. 16, 2017, of taking the photo to intimidate her after what she describes as a sexual assault.

3.) Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday to a Los Angeles radio anchor who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and taking a photo as she slept that showed him reaching for her breasts.

The Federal Communications Commission building in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

4.) Regulatory approval of technology that lets broadcasters tailor advertising for each viewer sparked warnings Thursday from privacy groups.

5.) In Regional news, Monsanto sued California in federal court Wednesday, claiming its plan to list glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer — as a probable carcinogen is unconstitutional forced speech.

6.) A federal judge on Thursday denied Chicago’s request to reconsider a decision that only partially blocked new Justice Department rules intended to penalize sanctuary cities, and which may cost the city millions in federal funding to fight crime.

The Arizona State Capitol.

7.) Twenty-five Democratic state senators and representatives sued Arizona on Wednesday, claiming it unconstitutionally reduced restrictions on campaign spending by nonprofits so long as they are in good standing with the IRS.

Juan Angel Napout, center, arrives at federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

8.) In Interntional news, the corruption trial of former FIFA officials in New York took a dramatic turn Wednesday when federal prosecutors accused one of the defendants of having twice made a slashing motion across his throat during witness testimony.

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