Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including special counsel Robert Mueller filing new charges against former Trump campaign staffers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates; attorneys general from 24 states file a legal challenge to the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules; as the economy booms and downtown Los Angeles rides a wave of revitalization, surrounding neighborhoods face rising housing costs and gentrification that threaten residents’ way of life; an Israeli art collector wants a U.S. judge to declare that he has a valid title to an ancient Roman statue claimed by the Turkish cultural ministry; new research reveals that changes in the Antarctic Ocean led to the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age, and more.

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National

1.) The U.S. population of Mexican wolves in the wild grew by one last year, from 113 to 114, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, far fewer than the 750 wild wolves that environmentalists say are needed to sustain the species.

2.) Federal regulators Wednesday held the last of the scheduled information sessions intended to explain President Donald Trump’s plan to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Gulf of Mexico.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting where they will vote on net neutrality, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

3.) The Federal Communications Commission published its official order repealing net neutrality rules into the Federal Register Thursday, prompting New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to immediately challenge the repeal along with 23 other attorneys general.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

4.) Special counsel Robert Mueller filed new charges on Thursday against former Trump campaign staffers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

Regional

Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. right, leaves the federal courthouse for a hearing, Monday, July 10, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

5.) A federal jury in San Antonio found Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti guilty Thursday on all 11 felony charges he faced for running a Ponzi scheme that took millions of dollars from unsuspecting investors.

This file photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office in Little Rock, Ark., shows Joseph Boeckmann, who has pleaded guilty in federal court to accusations that he gave lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts. (Pulaski County Sheriffs Office via AP, File)

6.) A former Arkansas judge was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for dismissing minor criminal cases in exchange for nude photographs or sexual favors from male defendants.

Downtown Los Angeles is only minutes away from Mariachi Plaza, a community gathering space and Gold Line station in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The plaza is named for the mariachi musicians that gather there hoping to be hired to perform at events. (Martin Macias Jr./CNS)

7.) As the economy booms and downtown Los Angeles rides a wave of revitalization, surrounding neighborhoods – including historic Boyle Heights – face rising housing costs and gentrification that threaten residents’ way of life.

Science

Adelie penguins in Antarctica. (Photo by Jason Auch via Wikipedia Commons)

8.) New research reveals that changes in the Antarctic Ocean led to the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age.

International

Various Scotch Whiskeys. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

9.) The Scotch Whisky Association has a steep climb to show that the German company Glen Buchenbach is trying to pass its whiskey off as a spirit from the highlands, an EU magistrate said Thursday.

Eliezer Levin filed suit in New York over a 2-foot statue of the Anatolian goddess Cybele, who is featured above at a fountain in Madrid, Spain.

10.) In a globe-hopping art lawsuit, an Israeli art collector wants a U.S. judge to declare that he has a valid title to an ancient Roman statue of an Anatolian goddess claimed by the Turkish cultural ministry.

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