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Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a professor who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school saying she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee; three legal scholars urge a federal judge to unseal the Watergate “Road Map,” a secret report sent to Congress in 1974 containing evidence about President Richard Nixon’s misconduct; the U.S. Supreme Court stays a lower court ruling that would have forced a Karl Rove-led PAC to reveal the identity of a so-called “dark money” donor; a federal judge tells families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and attorneys for the government they can start moving forward on the asylum process; a new report from the World Economic Forum says over half of all work tasks will be automated within the next seven years, affecting 52 percent of jobs by 2025, up from 29 percent today, and more.

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National

In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

1.) The professor who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her lawyer said Monday.

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)

2.) Three legal scholars urged a federal judge Friday to unseal the Watergate “Road Map,” a secret report sent to Congress in 1974 containing evidence about President Richard Nixon’s misconduct.

Karl Rove.

3.) The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday stayed a lower court ruling that would have forced a Karl Rove-led PAC to reveal the identity of a so-called “dark money” donor.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reacts to the audience as he arrives to speak at the Federalist Society 2017 National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, about maintaining and strengthening the rule of law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

4.) Free speech in higher education is under threat because a culture of censorship that caters to student outrage is spreading in favor of open engagement on unpopular or even discredited ideologies on campus, academics and Justice Department officials said at a forum held Monday.

Protesters wait near the port of entry in Tornillo, Texas on Sunday, about a half mile from where a temporary shelter for immigrant children has been set up. (Photo by Natalie Krebs/CNS)

5.) Pending his approval of a settlement, a federal judge Friday told families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and attorneys for the government they can start moving forward on the asylum process.

Regional

The Boulder Flatirons stand in the background of the trailhead at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge near Arvada Colorado. (Amanda Pampuro/CNS)

6.) By dawn on Saturday, Sept. 15, a dozen cars were parked at the newly opened Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge and at least as many hikers wandered down trails surrounding the site of a former-nuclear weapons factory near Arvada, Colorado.

In this April 24, 2018, photo, a sign for a Wall Street building is shown in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 30. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

7.) A decade after the 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street profits for the first half of 2018 are the highest in a decade, a report released Monday by the New York state comptroller finds.

This 2010 photo shows Exelon Corp.’s Oyster Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J. (Peter Ackerman/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

8.) The oldest nuclear power plant in the United States will permanently close Monday, after years of wrangling with emergency shutdowns and pollution concerns.

This image provided by the Webb County Sheriff’s Office shows Juan David Ortiz, a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who was jailed Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, on a $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused in the killing of at least four women. (Webb County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

9.) A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor confessed Saturday to killing four prostitutes in South Texas this month, authorities said, after a woman escaped from his vehicle and told a state trooper he had pointed a gun at her.

the Hays Street Bridge has its own Facebook page, from which this photo is taken.

10.) The Texas Supreme Court is considering arguments about a controversial development project that has generated six years of litigation between neighborhood advocates and city management, in a case centered on urban displacement, backroom deals, an iconic view and governmental immunity.

Research & Polls

(Image from “The Future of Jobs Report 2018,” published on Sept. 17 by the World Economic Forum.)

11.) Forecasting seismic and not-too-distant changes from a Fourth Industrial Revolution, a report Monday from the World Economic Forum says over half of all work tasks will be automated within the next seven years, affecting 52 percent of jobs by 2025, up from 29 percent today.

International

The wreckage of the car of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia lies next to a road in the town of Mosta, Malta, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

12.) A Sicilian journalist’s house was searched last week by Italian authorities and his telephone and computer hard drives were combed over. What was his offense? He wrote an article in March revealing leaked details about a probe into alleged police misconduct in the investigation following one of Italy’s most troubling and murky crimes, the car bombing of an anti-mafia judge in 1992.

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