Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor whom President Donald Trump elevated to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, resigning without explanation; asking just five questions during his first day at the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh focused on precedent in oral argument for a criminal case about the classification of violent felonies; computer users hit Google and its parent company with a federal class action stemming from another Silicon Valley privacy scandal; attorneys for three Michigan residents receiving long-term care in nursing homes argue before the state’s highest court that their spouse’s transfer of assets to a trust should not prevent them from receiving Medicaid benefits; a Ninth Circuit panel questiona a federal judge’s decision to overturn a Justice Department policy against prosecuting people accused of killing an endangered animal; British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union leaders appear to be getting closer to a deal on Brexit, and more.

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National

President Donald Trump meets with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

1.) Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor whom President Donald Trump elevated to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, resigned Tuesday without explanation.

This courtroom sketch depicts Attorney Brenda G. Bryn, far right, speaking in front of from l-r, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, at the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

2.) Asking just five questions during his first day at the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh focused on precedent Tuesday in oral argument for a criminal case about the classification of violent felonies.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sister Simone Campbell tour a bus in Santa Monica, California will be part of a cross-country tour that will engage voters who have been negatively impacted by the Republican tax plan. (Nathan Solis/CNS)

3.) The Republican tax law signed by President Donald Trump this past December will be the focus of a group of Catholic nuns whose cross-country bus tour will end at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

This Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo shows a Google icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

4.) In the latest fallout over yet another Silicon Valley privacy scandal, computer users hit Google and its parent company Alphabet with a federal class action Monday night for potentially exposing up to 500,000 Google+ users’ data to outside parties.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during an appearance at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

5.) After the Supreme Court shot down a challenge to the use of solitary confinement in prison, Justice Sonia Sotomayor voiced alarm Tuesday about depriving inmates of daylight for months and years.

Regional

6.) Attorneys for three Michigan residents receiving long-term care in nursing homes argued before the state’s highest court Tuesday that their spouse’s transfer of assets to a trust should not prevent them from receiving Medicaid benefits.

7.) Tennessee’s execution method is not cruel and unusual, the state supreme court ruled Monday, three days before the state’s next execution, because inmates challenging its three-drug lethal injection protocol did not present a viable alternative.

8.) A Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday questioned a federal judge’s decision to overturn a Justice Department policy against prosecuting people accused of killing an endangered animal unless it could be proved that the individual knew the animal was endangered.

International

Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May addresses delegates during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, Oct. 3 , 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

9.) British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union leaders appear to be getting closer to a deal on Brexit, but it remains far from clear whether any agreement will be accepted by British lawmakers.

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