Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicting 13 Russian individuals and three organizations with illegally plotting to sow political discord and sway the election for then-candidate Donald Trump; the FBI acknowledges that it failed to act on a tip in January that accused Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz owned a firearm and might conduct a school shooting; the National Collegiate Athletic Association fought a $40 million attorney fee award at the Ninth Circuit; a new study finds that Earthlings would reach pretty positively to news of alien life, and more.

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National

In this June 21, 2017, photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

1.) Bringing the first indictment directly related to Russian election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three organizations with illegally plotting to sow political discord and sway the election for then-candidate Donald Trump.

2.) The FBI acknowledged Friday that it failed to act on a tip in January that accused Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz owned a firearm and might conduct a school shooting.

An oil drilling platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA – 6 December 2011. (Photo by TheConduqtor via Wikipedia Commons.)

3.) The Interior Department announced Friday that the sale of leases on 77.3 million acres off the Southeast coast for oil and gas exploration will occur on March 21.

A coal-burning power plant steams in Gelsenkirchen, Germany while the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks end in Bonn, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

4.) The fate of five lawsuits seeking to hold the world’s biggest oil companies liable for global climate change hinges on a murky jurisdictional question that could get some cases booted out of federal court.

A man uses his mobile phone near an Apple store in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

4.) A federal judge handed a minor but significant legal defeat to Apple in its long-simmering patent dispute with Samsung on Thursday evening.

Regional

The NCAA’s National Office in Indianapolis. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

5.)  The National Collegiate Athletic Association fought a $40 million attorney fee award at the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, in an antitrust class action by former student-athletes who said the organization forced students to sign their rights away while reaping the benefits of licensing and merchandise agreements.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

6.) A father and son forced to flee from their Michigan home and go into hiding after an alt-right news website linked them to the murder of a counterprotester at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., sued the site for defamation.

Science

7.) A new study finds that Earthlings would reach pretty positively to news of alien life.

International

8.) A Brussels court warned Facebook to expect up to $124 million in fines if it does not comply with an order to stop collecting data about Belgians, media there reported Friday.

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