Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump setting in motion plans to impose new sanctions on any foreign entities that interfere in U.S. elections; New Hampshire Democrats reject more progressive candidates in their U.S. House and governor races; a former aide to Trump confidant and longtime GOP operative Roger Stone asks the D.C. Circuit to consider whether special counsel Robert Mueller was constitutionally appointed; two women hit Baltimore County and the Maryland’s public university system with “shameless corruption” in their handling of sex crimes; a new study says Europe could see an increase in greenhouse gas levels over the next several decades due to a new directive that classifies wood as a renewable fuel; the European Union’s highest court rules that if an airline knows that a travel-booking website tacks commissions for itself onto reservations, the airline must reimburse those fees in the event of a canceled flight, and more.

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National

President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) In an executive order signed Wednesday, President Donald Trump set in motion plans to impose new sanctions on any foreign nations, people or other entities that interfere in U.S. elections.

Chris Pappas participates in a Sept. 5, 2018, debate of Democratic hopefuls in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Pappas won the Sept. 11, Democratic primary and will represent his party in the November general election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)

2.) New Hampshire Democrats rejected more progressive candidates in their U.S. House and governor races on Tuesday, while picks for the state’s 1st Congressional District from both parties represent historic firsts.

In this Sept. 26, 2017, photo, longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

3.) A former aide to Trump confidant and longtime GOP operative Roger Stone asked the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to consider whether special counsel Robert Mueller was constitutionally appointed.

People drive over a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as they evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Florence, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

4.) A town near the coast of North Carolina updated its state of emergency notice on Tuesday after ordering residents not to sell, purchase or carry firearms outside their homes in advance of Hurricane Florence.

Regional

(AP file photo/Alan Diaz)

5.) For nearly a century, California has barred gun retailers from using handguns as advertising props in their store windows and parking lots in the name of public safety. The state claimed logos depicting revolvers could push suicidal passersby into impulsive purchases.

6.) Alleging “shameless corruption” in Baltimore’s handling of sex crimes, two women hit the county and the state’s public university system with an explosive federal class action.

7.) For over two decades, Oregon has regulated thermal pollution in rivers and streams using illegal standards. But at a hearing Tuesday, the federal and state governments said it will take another 12 years to come up with revised standards to protect threatened and endangered fish.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leaves Tennessee Titans cornerback Brice McCain behind as Gurley scores a touchdown on an 80-yard pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

8.) The Second Circuit revived fraud claims Tuesday by Associated Press contributors who have taken photographs at NFL events for what has been nearly a decade.

Science

9.) Europe could see an increase in greenhouse gas levels over the next several decades due to a new directive that classifies wood as a renewable fuel – giant steps backward from the mandates of the Paris Climate Agreement – according to a scientific paper published Wednesday.

International

This image of a Vueling jet appears on Opodo.de.

10.) If an airline knows that a travel-booking website tacks commissions for itself onto reservations, the airline must reimburse those fees in the event of a canceled flight, the European Union’s highest court ruled Wednesday.

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