Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Justice Department suing AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner; outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday resigned her position as a member of the central bank’s board of governors, effective upon the swearing in of her successor; the Empire State’s highest court ruled Monday that a New York City anti-discrimination law allows for punitive damages in cases involving gross negligence; Swedish scientists find dog owners have a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes; Europe’s highest court on Monday again ordered Poland to immediately stop logging operations in what’s left of an ancient forest that once covered the European plain, and more.

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Saturday’s march was organized after a misfire in August, just one week after a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned fatal for one counter-protester.

1.) In National news surrounded by pro-Trump slogans and chants against “commie scum,” a progressive activist trumpeted free-speech rights at a weekend rally organized by self-styled American nationalists.

 

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens to introductions as she is awarded the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

 2.) Outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday resigned her position as a member of the central bank’s board of governors, effective upon the swearing in of her successor, Jerome Powell, as Donald Trump’s first Fed chairman.

Tthe glass facade of the Time Warner building in New York.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

3.) The Department of Justice on Monday filed an antitrust lawsuit against media giants AT&T and Time Warner in an attempt to block their proposed $85 billion merger.

Jose Maria Marin leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

 4.)  Prosecutors told a federal judge Monday that they no longer want a pretrial detention for a former soccer official accused of threatening one of the witnesses in the FIFA corruption case.

In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center via AP)

6.) In Environmental news, Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They’re devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas.

7.) From the world of Science comes word from Swedish scientists that dog owners have a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes, giving new meaning to the expression “man’s best friend.”
Fallen tree in the Białowieża Forest.

8.) In International news, Europe’s highest court on Monday again ordered Poland to immediately stop logging operations in what’s left of an ancient forest that once covered the European plain, and threatened fines of $117,000 per day in a case that’s pitted the EU and environmentalists against Poland’s conservative government for most of the year.

One Canada Square house, center, the soon-to-be former home of the European Banking Authority EBA, headquarters in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

9.) Representatives of the 27 remaining EU states on Monday selected new homes for two institutions currently housed in Britain, a clear signal the European Union is ready to move on with life post-Brexit.

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