Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaing the Trump Organization demanding it turn over documents related to President Trump’s businesses and Russia; former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on asking a federal judge to throw out five criminal charges against him; an Ohio Appeals Court judge argues before the Sixth Circuit that state election laws regarding judicial candidates violate candidates’ free-speech right; anthropologists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a team of international collaborators discover that early humans in East Africa displayed sophisticated behavior, trading and tool crafting tens of thousands of years earlier than thought; a Spanish catering company whose name references the Mafia fails to win trademark approval from the European General Court, and more.

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National

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.) Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization demanding it turn over documents related to President Trump’s businesses and Russia, the New York Times reported Thursday afternoon.

In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

2.) Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Wednesday night asked a federal judge to throw out five criminal charges against him.

3.) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved five judicial nominees, including one who is up for a seat on the 10th Circuit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at a youth forum “Russia, Land of Opportunity” in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

4.) The Trump administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions on two dozen Russian entities and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election and carrying out a series of high-profile cyberattacks.

Regional

Judge Colleen O’Toole of Ohio’s 11th District Court of Appeals. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

5.) An Ohio Appeals Court judge argued before the Sixth Circuit that state election laws regarding judicial candidates are unconstitutional and violate candidates’ free-speech rights.

In this July 30, 1996, photo, a woman pushes a shopping cart over a graphic of Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the giraffe at the Toys R Us store in Raritan, N.J. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)

6.) Since just after World War II, Toys R Us has been a fixture of American childhood at warehouses across the United States – until billions in debt from private-equity firms broke the back of its cartoon giraffe mascot.

Science

Rick Potts, director of the National Museum of Natural History’s Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian, surveys an assortment of Early Stone Age hand-axes discovered in the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya. (Photo credit: Smithsonian)

7.) Anthropologists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a team of international collaborators discovered that early humans in East Africa displayed sophisticated behavior, trading and tool crafting tens of thousands of years earlier than previously assumed.

Antibiotic resistance tests: Bacteria are streaked on dishes with white disks, each impregnated with a different antibiotic. Clear rings, such as those on the left, show that bacteria have not grown—indicating that these bacteria are not resistant. The bacteria on the right are fully susceptible to only three of the seven antibiotics tested. (Photo by Dr. Graham Beards via Wikipedia Commons)

8.) In an effort to help combat one of the greatest current threats to public health, researchers report Thursday they have identified the molecular basis of a major antibiotic resistance transfer mechanism in bacteria.

International

9.) A Spanish catering company whose name references the Mafia failed Thursday to win trademark approval from the European General Court.

The Limmat in Zürich, Switzerland. (Photo by MadGeographer via Wikipedia Commons)

10.) The European Court of Justice cracked down Thursday on Spain for trying to claw back a Social Security supplement because the retiree receiving it started receiving a separate pension from Switzerland.

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