Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court holding states may force online retailers to collect and remit sales tax on transactions even if they do not have a traditional storefront in the state; the Justice Department asking a federal judge to change the rules regarding the detention of immigrant families who enter the country illegally; Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to pay at least $2.5 billion to cover the cost of lawsuits and other issues stemming from wildfires that killed 44 and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California last year; new research shows a supermassive star thousands of times larger than the sun may have been what caused Milky Way stars in globular clusters to have such unique chemistry; another study finds democratic qualities are declining in the United States and 23 other countries, representing about one-third of the global population; the European Court of Justice scorched the country Malta on Thursday for its unrestrained and poorly supervised scheme that allows residents to trap seven species of finch, and more.

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National

Packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

1.) Reversing decades of precedent, the Supreme Court on Thursday held states may force online retailers to collect and remit sales tax on transactions even if they do not have a traditional storefront in the state.

Akemi Vargas, 8, cries as she talks about being separated from her father during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. District Court building in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

2.) The Justice Department on Thursday asked a federal judge to change the rules regarding the detention of immigrant families who enter the country illegally, seeking permission to detain them for longer than 20 days in an effort to keep children with their parents.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., center, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, flanked by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, talk before a series of votes in the House, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

3.) The House of Representatives on Thursday struck down a conservative Republican immigration bill, as GOP leadership delayed consideration of its preferred piece of legislation until Friday.

In this Feb. 15, 2013 image made from a dashboard camera video, a meteor streaks through the sky over Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow. (AP Photo)
4.) The federal government must begin to take steps now to prepare for a potentially catastrophic collision between an asteroid and the Earth, NASA said in a report released Tuesday

Regional

firefighter walks near a flaming house in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

5.) Pacific Gas & Electric said Thursday it expects to pay at least $2.5 billion to cover the cost of lawsuits and other issues stemming from wildfires that killed 44 and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California last year.

Virginia National Guard personnel assist W.Va. water collection operations. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

6.) The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday held that a lower court erred when it ruled the Environmental Protection Agency was not doing enough to ensure West Virginia fulfills its obligations to assess and report the toxic contamination of its waters.

Oakland Police officers dressed in riot gear. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

7.) A federal judge on Wednesday tossed a woman’s proposed class action lawsuit alleging that she was put in an Alameda County jail cell stained with feces and blood and was refused menstrual pads.

Science

8.) A supermassive star thousands of times larger than the sun may have been what caused Milky Way stars in globular clusters to have such unique chemistry, new research shows.

Research & Polls

9.) The story of the United States and its political future will be shaped by a population that is growing older and becoming more racially diverse.

Signing the Constitution, September 17, 1787. (Illustration via Wikipedia Commons)

10.) New research shows that democratic qualities are declining in the United States and 23 other countries, representing about one-third of the global population.

International

Photo by BirdLife Malta.

11.) The European Court of Justice scorched the country Malta on Thursday for its unrestrained and poorly supervised scheme that allows residents to trap seven species of finch.

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