Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump extending the Iran nuclear deal; tirades and harsh language — including overtly racist comments — are no strangers to the corridors of the White House, according to a historian and Richard Nixon scholar; pop-music hitmaker Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff; a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds asthma-related medical expenses, missed school and work and deaths cost the U.S. economy more than $80 billion each year, and more.

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President Donald Trump responds to reporters asking questions as he leaves the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

1.) In National news, President Donald Trump extended the Iran nuclear deal Friday, but indicated this is the last time he would do so unless Congress and European allies agree to revamp the deal within six months.

Lyndon Johnson, right, meets with then-candidate Richard Nixon at the White House in 1968. (Yoichi Okamoto/Lyndon Baines Johnson Library)

2.) Tirades and harsh language — including overtly racist comments — are no strangers to the corridors of the White House, according to a historian and Richard Nixon scholar.

A cousin of the more common bobcat, the Canada lynx can be distinguished by its black-tipped tail, long tufts of black hair at the tips of its ears, and long legs with large, furry paws for hunting snowshoe hares in deep snow. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

3.) With a Jan. 15 deadline looming to issue a recovery plan for the Canada lynx, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed course Thursday and recommended taking the species off the list of animals threatened by extinction.

Plum Island. (Photo by kyselak via Wikipedia)

4.) Due to their failure to appoint a trustee, the Seventh Circuit was skeptical Thursday that former hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard’s family can pursue claims against the National Hockey League for his opioid addiction and overdose death.

Faith Hill, left, and Tim McGraw perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

5.) Pop-music hitmaker Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff of a song they penned in 2014.

6.) In Regional news, Gov. Sam Brownback, awaiting congressional confirmation for a diplomatic job, has given state lawmakers the sign that they’re on their own in Kansas’s long and unsuccessful struggle to fund its public schools adequately.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a $102 million settlement with BP on Thursday, Jan. 11. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

7.) BP Energy will pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the British oil giant of overcharging California for natural gas — the largest settlement against an oil company in state history.

Asthma costs top $80 billion per year, according to CDC study. (Photo courtesy ATS)

8.) In the world of Health, a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds asthma-related medical expenses, missed school and work and deaths cost the U.S. economy more than $80 billion each year.

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