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Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including two more suspicious packages appearing to contain rudimentary pipe bombs and aimed at critics of Donald Trump are intercepted by authorities; a lawyer for the Trump Foundation struggles to secure dismissal of claims that the entity is a “shell corporation”; a federal judge issues a temporary restraining order blocking Georgia election officials from rejecting absentee ballots or ballot applications when a voter’s signature does not match the one on their voter registration card; the Indiana Supreme Court rules fantasy sports websites do not violate the state’s publicity-rights law by using the names and pictures of college athletes without their consent; a push to alleviate California’s affordable housing crisis through increased rent control is sputtering at the finish line; the European Parliament votes to ban many single-use plastic items; the European Court of Justice rules operatic and orchestra workers are entitled to challenge abuses in fixed-term employment contracts, and more.

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National

Police are standing watch near a building associated with Robert DeNiro, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in New York after reports of a suspicious package. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

1.) Two more suspicious packages appearing to contain rudimentary pipe bombs – one bound for the home of former Vice President Joe Biden and another delivered to a property belonging to actor Robert De Niro, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump — were discovered by authorities Thursday.

In this Tuesday, May 15, 2018, photo, acting New York state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood speaks to Legislative leaders in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

2.) Trading courtroom blows for over an hour with the New York attorney general, a lawyer for the Trump Foundation struggled Thursday to secure dismissal of claims that the entity is a “shell corporation.”

This combination of photos shows Michigan gubernatorial candidates in the November election from left, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and her Republican challenger Bill Schuette. (AP Photo/File)

3.) “I salute the flag and kneel for the cross,” says one Republican on what will decide her vote this year. A fellow Michigander on the other side of the aisle describes himself as “very pro-woman,” his voice cracking as he talks about his daughters.

Georgia Republican gubernatorial runoff candidate Brian Kemp goes on stage to declare victory against Casey Cagle during an election night party in July 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)

4.) A federal judge will issue a temporary restraining order blocking Georgia election officials from rejecting absentee ballots or ballot applications when a voter’s signature does not match the signature on their voter registration card.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

5.) Concord Management, the Russian company charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with interfering in the 2016 election, filed a biting response to the prosecutor’s allegations Thursday, claiming Mueller has “mind-bendingly” failed to prove the company willfully intended to defraud the United States.

Regional

Odds boards in a Las Vegas sportsbook. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

6.) The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that fantasy sports websites do not violate the state’s publicity-rights law by using the names and pictures of college athletes without their consent.

In this April 23, 2018, photo, the logo for ExxonMobil appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

7.) After nearly three years of investigation, New York’s attorney general pulled the trigger Wednesday on a fraud complaint against Exxon that is seen as the climate-change equivalent to the lawsuit that tamed Big Tobacco.

In this Aug. 11, 2017, photo, multiple white nationalist groups march with torches through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va. (Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)

8.) Three members of a California white nationalist group appeared in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday after the FBI arrested them for organizing and participating in riots across the state.

Regional

Deep sea coral and fish [photo credit: Papahanaumokuakea National Monument]
9.) The key to understanding how ancient fish species diversified may be to look in shallow seas before moving on to other habitats, a team of scientists concluded in a new study.

Research & Polls

In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, a tractor plows in a field near apartment buildings in Salinas, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

10.) A push to alleviate California’s affordable housing crisis through increased rent control is sputtering at the finish line, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.

International

Plastic and other garbage littering a beach in Singapore. (Vaidehi Shah via Wikipedia)

11.) The European Parliament on Thursday voted to ban many single-use plastic items, targeting what the administrative arm of the EU says are the 10 products most likely to end up as litter in oceans.

Martina Sciotto at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma via Instagram

12.) Siding with an Italian ballerina, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that operatic and orchestra workers are entitled to challenge abuses in fixed-term employment contracts.

Image via Bulgariatravel.org, the official tourism portal of Bulgaria

13.) Reinstating trademark protection for mineral water produced in Devin, Bulgaria, the European General Court found Thursday that any association tourists might have with the tiny spa town is not enough to cause confusion.

Headquarters of Crédit Agricole S.A. in Montrouge. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

14.) JPMorgan Chase and the French bank Credit Agricole failed Thursday to prevent the European Commission from publishing a decision regarding a cartel that rigged the benchmark interest rate known as Euribor.

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