Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including federal prosecutors reportedly granting immunity to the Trump Organization’s senior bookkeeper; accused Russian agent Mariia Butina asking a federal judge to release her on bond; prosecutors gearing up for Paul Manafort’s second criminal trial ask a federal judge to bar a repeat of prejudicial statements by Manafort’s defense; taking a sip of your drink at local restaurants and fast-food joints across the Golden State will have to be done without a straw – unless you request one – if legislation approved by lawmakers is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown; a federal judge in Texas throws out a closely followed lawsuit accusing Dallas County of drawing voter district lines to dilute the influence of white voters; a new study finds irrigation techniques promoted to farmers around the world as water-saving are actually increasing water use; Italy refuses to let asylum-seekers off ship, sparking legal and political battles, and more.

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National

Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. (Screenshot, Trump Organization)

1.) Signaling increased fissures within the president’s pack, federal prosecutors have reportedly granted immunity to the Trump Organization’s senior bookkeeper.

In this Sept. 28, 2008 photo, then-Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives a thumbs up as he arrives at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2.) Sen. John McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer, the Arizona senator’s family announced Friday.

Mariia Butina in Moscow, in a photo she posted to Facebook in October 2013.

3.) Jailed for the past month on charges that she used sex to infiltrate U.S. political circles, accused Russian agent Mariia Butina asked a federal judge Friday to release her on bond.

In this June 21, 2017, photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

4.) Gearing up for Paul Manafort’s second criminal trial, prosecutors asked a federal judge Friday to bar a repeat of prejudicial statements by Manafort’s defense.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

5.) President Donald Trump on Friday told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a planned trip to North Korea due to slow progress in getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Regional

Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer departs from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia in August. (Associated Press)

6.) Ex-Consultant Sam Ruchlewicz took the stand for Day 4 of Pennsylvania Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s trial for allegedly engaging in a pay-to-play scheme.

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7.) Taking a sip of your drink at local restaurants and fast-food joints across the Golden State will have to be done without a straw – unless you request one – if legislation approved Thursday by lawmakers is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo, campaign T-shirts are stacked on a table at a Republican congressional candidate forum, in New Braunfels, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

8.) A federal judge in Texas threw out a closely followed lawsuit Thursday accusing Dallas County of drawing voter district lines to dilute the influence of white voters.

Science

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9.) Irrigation techniques promoted to farmers around the world as water-saving are actually increasing water use, according to a new study.

International

Migrants wait to disembark from Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti in the port of Catania, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. A delegation from Italy’s guarantor of personal rights office has boarded a coast guard ship in a Sicilian port with 150 African migrants stuck aboard for days, after the Italian interior minister vowed none will set foot on Italian soil. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)

10.) A high-stakes legal and political drama is unfolding at the Sicilian port of Catania, where about 150 asylum-seekers rescued from the Mediterranean Sea were being kept aboard an Italian coast guard vessel on Friday — the fifth day they were blocked from setting foot in Italy.

 

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