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Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continuing to burn after a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses; an attorney for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, says his client’s work on an op-ed defending his efforts in Ukraine should not stop him from being released from house arrest; an en banc Fourth Circuit grappling with President Donald Trump’s tweets and a recent Supreme Court decision in trying to decide the fate of the administration’s travel ban; gold trader Reza Zarrab capped off a week on the witness stand in an Iran sanctions case by recounting an attempt to assassinate him inside a U.S. prison, and more.

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Terrified horses galloped from San Luis Rey Downs as the Lilac Fire scorched the horse-training facility. (Paul Sisson / San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.) In National news half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continued to burn Friday morning, but firefighters made progress overnight in a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses.

Paul Manafort accompanied by his lawyer Kevin Downing, right, arrives at U.S. Federal Court, in Washington, on Nov. 2, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

2.) An attorney for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said Thursday his client’s work on an op-ed defending his efforts in Ukraine should not stop him from being released from house arrest.

Protesters hold signs and march outside the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., where the court blocked the administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The en banc court took up the challenge to the travel ban again on Friday. (Steve Helber/AP)

3.) An en banc Fourth Circuit on Friday grappled with President Donald Trump’s tweets and a recent Supreme Court decision in trying to decide whether to strike down a federal judge’s decision to partially block the latest version of the administration’s travel ban.

4.) Immigration to the United States from the so-called Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25 percent in eight years, the Pew Research Center said this week, but immigration from Mexico has dropped.

Flagstaff, Arizona City Hall via Wikipedia.

5.) In Regional news an Arizona attorney sued the state and Coconino County in federal court this week, challenging a state law requiring government contractors to agree not to boycott Israel or work with businesses that do.

John Bernard Feit, center, listens to the announcement of a guilty verdict in his trial for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza as his lawyers, O. Rene Flores, left, and A. Ricardo Flores stand beside him in the 92nd state District Court Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg.
(Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor/Pool)

6.) A Texas jury convicted former Catholic priest John Feit of murder Thursday evening for the Easter weekend 1960 killing of schoolteacher Irene Garza, closing a case that took 57 years to bring to trial and featured allegations of a church cover-up.

7.) Considering whether to uphold a $1 million jury award, the Seventh Circuit heard Friday from an Indianapolis attorney who claims CVS pharmacists acted with actual malice when they told his patients he was under investigation for running a pill mill.

Reza Zarrab, a 34-year-old gold trader who was charged in the U.S. for evading sanctions on Iran, is pictured in this Dec. 17, 2013, photo surrounded by the media at a courthouse in Istanbul. (Depo Photos via AP)

8.) In International news, gold trader Reza Zarrab capped off a week on the witness stand in an Iran sanctions case by recounting an attempt to assassinate him inside a U.S. prison because of his testimony that has implicated Turkey’s president and ministers in illicit transactions worth billions.

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