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Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but Senator Jeff Flake said he only did so with the understanding the FBI would conduct an investigation into the sexual assault allegations embroiling Kavanaugh; four environmental groups sue Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect the two-state Dinosaur National Monument from increased air pollution from oil and gas drilling; the Ninth Circuit revives an ongoing spat on claims the opening guitar riff in Led Zeppelin’s rock epic “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from another band’s song; the city of Ferguson, Missouri, asks the Eighth Circuit to toss claims that it runs a debtor’s prison for people too poor to pay traffic tickets; an Orange County, California judge rules the state’s “sanctuary” law restricting police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities violates the state constitution and cannot be enforced; describing the plight of two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, attorney Amal Clooney issues a call for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in the case, and more.

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National

Sen. Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., right, walks out at the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1.) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday narrowly advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but Senator Jeff Flake said he only did so with the understanding the FBI would conduct an investigation into the sexual assault allegations embroiling Kavanaugh.

2.) Four environmental groups sued Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday to protect the two-state Dinosaur National Monument from increased air pollution from oil and gas drilling.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., pauses while meeting with reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

3.) Nearly all of the interview transcripts connected to the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of meddling by Russia in the 2016 election will be released after lawmakers voted unanimously on Friday to disclose them.

In this July 13, 1985 photo, Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, reunite to perform for the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

4.) The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived an ongoing spat on claims the opening guitar riff in Led Zeppelin’s rock epic “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from another band’s song.

(Associated Press Photo)

5.) The United States government can’t escape a lawsuit claiming it applies biased rules based on gender stereotypes to block female soldiers from serving in combat roles, a federal judge ruled from the bench Thursday.

Regional

Prison bars. (Image via PixaBay)

6.) The city of Ferguson, Missouri, fought at the Eighth Circuit on Friday to toss claims that it runs a debtor’s prison for people too poor to pay traffic tickets.

In this July 14, 2018, photo, computer mouse pads with Secure the Vote logo on them are seen on a vendor’s table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

7.) A federal judge has ordered Missouri to alter its system for changing mailing address records for the purposes of voter registration, finding that the current system violates federal law.

In this April 14, 2017, photo, protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

8.) California’s “sanctuary” law restricting police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities violates the state constitution and cannot be enforced against the state’s 121 charter cities, an Orange County judge ruled Thursday afternoon.

International

Protestors demonstrate by holding a symbolic fence in front of the Myanmar Embassy to petition for the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in London, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

9.) Describing the plight of two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, attorney Amal Clooney issued a call Friday for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in the case.

This Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo Italian premier Giuseppe Conte, left, and Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria talk at the Lower House, ahead of a confidence vote on the government program, in Rome, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)

10.) Italy’s maverick government is at it again: After challenging the European Union this summer over refugee policies, it’s opening a new fight over public spending limits.

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