Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee denying Democrats’ attempts to force the committee to subpeona records related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; Senator Dianne Feinstein refers information she received about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to “federal investigative authorities”; President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney dropped an arbitration bid against adult film star Stormy Daniels; three months after picking party nominees for federal office, New Yorkers return to the polls Thursday for an important round  of state primary elections; the Bay Area needs to take control and be prepared for the effects of climate change, Dutch experts advised in a report presented at a forum for urban and regional planners and local government; the European Court of Justice rules that an EU member state cannot turn down requests for international protection based solely on the sentence an applicant receives for a crime, and more.

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National

In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 photo, Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, right, as he leaves for a lunch break while appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington to begin his confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

1.) With Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda for the first time on Thursday, the fight over access to documents from his time in the White House boiled over as Republicans denied Democrats’ attempts to force the committee to issue subpoenas for his records.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, accompanied by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member, right, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2.) Senator Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has referred information she received about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to “federal investigative authorities.”

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

3.)  Officials spent much of Thursday reminding North Carolina residents who chose to ignore evacuation orders that Hurricane Florence will cause massive storm surges and flooding across the state’s eastern part as the storm comes ashore sometime this evening.

President Donald Trump, left, listens to a reporters question as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, listen during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

4.) The official overseeing the federal response to Hurricane Florence is also reportedly the target of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general over his alleged misuse of government vehicles for private use.

This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen has been ordered to appear in federal court in New York, Monday, April 16, 2018, for arguments over last week’s raid of his home and office. (AP Photo)
5.) President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney dropped an arbitration bid against adult film star Stormy Daniels, a much different tone from a few months ago when he accused her of violating a hush agreement and said she owed $20 million.

Regional

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6.) With hundreds of miles of picturesque and accessible coastline, California has an abundance of beaches for all of its 39 million residents plus tourists to enjoy. But while the state’s constitution guarantees a public right of beach access and there are over 1,000 access points statewide, low-income and minority communities have long struggled to connect with the Golden State’s majestic shoreline.

A sculpture carved from a half-ton of butter in preparation for the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture via AP)

7.) The Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments Thursday in an artisanal butter maker’s challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires all butter sold in the state to be graded on taste.

In this combination of photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2018, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in New York on July 18, 2018. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday Pool, and Evan Agostini/Invision, File)

8.) Three months after picking party nominees for federal office, New Yorkers return to the polls Thursday for an important round  of state primary elections. Here’s a rundown of candidates vying for governor, attorney general and other big races in the Legislature.

Science

Members of the group 1000 Grandmothers protest outside the Moscone Center in San Francisco where the Global Climate Action Summit is being held, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The group, which says it is made up of elder women activists working to address the climate crisis, chanted “Listen to your Grandma, no more fracking!” (AP Photo/Juliet Williams)

9.) From flooding to severe drought, the Bay Area needs to take control and be prepared for the effects of climate change, Dutch experts advised in a report on Bay Area resiliency presented Wednesday at a forum for urban and regional planners and local government.

Research & Polls

A trio of javelina blocked from entering Mexico by an existing portion of border wall. (Matt Clark)

10.) A report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and environmental and human rights groups says the Trump administration’s border policies are based on politics, not facts, and the groups called on Congress to reject funding for an expanded border wall later this month.

International

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11.) The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that an EU member state cannot turn down requests for international protection based solely on the sentence an applicant receives for a crime, and instead must assess the seriousness of the crime on an individual basis.

View from the Colonnade, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Saint Petersburg. (Photo via Wikipedia)

12.) A Russian national out of St. Petersburg, thought to be the ringleader of a global hacking operation, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to operating a vast network of computers to distribute thousands of spam emails, steal login credentials and install malicious software.

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