Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping 2016 election probe to avoid a second trial; the New Yorker reporters the sexual-misconduct whispers surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavnaugh involve an encounter the judge is said to have had as a teen in high school; the Seventh Circuit was keenly aware of the national repercussions of the issue before the court at oral arguments in Courthouse News Service’s First Amendment lawsuit seeking same-day access to new civil complaints filed in Chicago; Hurricane Florence lumbers ashore in North Carolina and now threatens South Carolina with days of torrential rain; California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a pack of climate change bills that he hopes will rid the state’s notoriously crowded freeways of “dirty cars and trucks”; new research suggests the British mainland came out of the collision of three ancient continental land masses, not two as previously thought; the Pew Research Center finds Republicans and Democrats generally see members of the opposing party as being on the far ends of the political spectrum, and more.

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National

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves court after a May 23, 2018, hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

1.) Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping 2016 election probe to avoid a second trial.

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh becomes emotional as he gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2.) The sexual-misconduct whispers surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavnaugh involve an encounter the judge is said to have had as a teen in high school, according to Friday reporting from The New Yorker.

A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

3.) As Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina early Friday, smashing buildings and trapping hundreds in floods caused by the combination of storm surge and heavy rains, residents of South Carolina could only wonder what the storm has in store for them.

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4.) The Seventh Circuit was keenly aware of the national repercussions of the issue before the court at oral arguments Friday in Courthouse News Service’s First Amendment lawsuit seeking same-day access to new civil complaints filed in Chicago.

Regional

In this combination of file 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)

5.) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo comfortably defeated a primary challenge from former actress Cynthia Nixon, but Thursday’s election did see several incumbents in the Legislature lose their seats.

Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

6.) Adoring progressives were treated to a visit from former President Barack Obama when he arrived in Cleveland on Thursday night to stump for Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor.

An electric vehicle charging station. (Photo by Dan McCue)

7.) California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pack of climate change bills late Thursday that he hopes will rid the state’s notoriously crowded freeways of “dirty cars and trucks.”

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8.) Seventy-eight years after Elbert Williams was murdered as he tried to register black voters in Western Tennessee, a district attorney has reopened the case. Williams was the first member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to die for his civil rights work.

Science

In this June 5, 2017, photo pumpjacks work in an oil field at sunset after a thunderstorm passed through the area in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

9.) The world needs kick its addiction to oil and other fossil fuels to stave off global warming and it’s not as impossible as the industry has made it seem, an international panel of civic leaders said at a climate change conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

A map of the British Isles and their location in Europe. (NASA Photo)

10.) The British mainland came out of the collision of three ancient continental land masses, not two as previously thought according to new research published Friday in Nature Communications.

Research & Polls

In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo, Ivanka Trump takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

11.) Republicans and Democrats generally see members of the opposing party as being on the far ends of the political spectrum, according to a Pew Research Center study published Thursday.

International

In this June 26, 2018, photo, vehicles leave the Port Isabel Detention Center, which holds detainees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Fresnos, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

12.) The American Dream is fast approaching its expiration date for thousands of law-abiding immigrants who will become illegal aliens when the clock runs out on their protected status. Three shared their stories with Courthouse News and told what awaits them if they are forced to return to their home countries.

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