Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the United Nations voting 128-9 Thursday to denounce America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, undeterred by threats to its funding; Snowy owls have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks; the state commission in charge of investigating and disciplining judges for misconduct won’t have to turn over records on complaints against judges to the California auditor; a new study suggests global warming could nearly triple the number of refugees applying to enter the EU by the end of the century, and more.

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The U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions on Thursday in favor of a nonbinding resolution declaring President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” (Manuel Elias/United Nations via AP)

1.) In National news, the United Nations voted 128-9 Thursday to denounce America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, undeterred by threats to its funding.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks to troops at an outdoor movie theater at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday, Dec. 21. 2017. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

2.) The Fourth Circuit on Friday denied the Trump administration’s an attempt to prevent transgender people from joining the U.S. military.

A snowy owl flies away after being released along the shore of Duxbury Beach in Duxbury, Mass.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

3.) Snowy owls have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, hanging out at airports, in farm fields, on light poles and along beaches, to the delight of bird lovers. But for researchers, this winter’s mass migration of the owls from their breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle is serious business.

McKayla Maroney smiles after competing on the floor exercise during the U.S. women’s national gymnastics championships in Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,File)

4.) Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney sued the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and the University of Michigan in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming she was forced to keep silent about being sexually abused by Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.

African migrants try to reach a rescue boat from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after falling from the punctured rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, about 12 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios,file)

5.) In Environmental news, a new study suggests global warming could nearly triple the number of refugees applying to enter the EU by the end of the century.

An oral argument before the California Commission on Judicial Performance. (Photo via YouTube)

6.) In Regional news, the state commission in charge of investigating and disciplining judges for misconduct won’t have to turn over records on complaints against judges to the California auditor, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Skyline of Cleveland from Lake Erie, with the Key Tower, the 200 Public Square, and the Terminal Tower at the center. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

7.) A suburb claims in court that Cleveland reneged on an agreement reached 16 years ago to buy property for the expansion of Hopkins International Airport.

8.) In International newsthe European Court of Justice rejected a challenge over competing bottles of tonic water in Spain, both of which are branded Schweppes.

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