Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a federal appellate judge noted Tuesday that the president’s enterprises certainly have a leg up on the competition during a hearing on whether to revive a case calling Trump-branded businesses a threat to the Constitution; a gun group appeared unlikely Monday to breathe life back into a defamation suit against journalist Katie Couric; Controversial former judge Roy Moore says in an interview with Courthouse News that an Alabama ballot initiative allowing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property has the support of the people because it recognizes moral values, and more.

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National

(Associated Press)

1.) Deciding whether to revive a case calling Trump-branded businesses a threat to the Constitution, a federal appellate judge noted Tuesday that the president’s enterprises certainly have a leg up on the competition.

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2.) In a Fourth Circuit hearing that evoked multiple eye-rolls from one of the judges, a gun group appeared unlikely Monday to breathe life back into a defamation suit against journalist Katie Couric.

Regional

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

 3.) In an interview with Courthouse News, controversial former judge Roy Moore says an Alabama ballot initiative allowing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property – an act that got him removed from the state’s high court 15 years ago – has the support of the people because it recognizes moral values.

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4.) An overtly racist, 120-year-old Louisiana law with roots in the Jim Crow era that allows split juries of as few as 10 of 12 to convict even in life-sentence cases may be history after the Nov. 6 elections.

Science

(Field Museum/Shuhei Yamamoto)

5.) A 99 million-year-old beetle trapped in amber offers scientists hints about how Earth’s landmasses were arranged long ago, according to a paper published Tuesday in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

(Vahid Salemi/Associated Press)

6.) Don’t take a deep breath and don’t touch anything: Researchers have discovered a mysterious chemical is abundant in homes, the natural environment and electronic recycling facilities and which can be passed through skin contact or by breathing, is difficult to track and largely unregulated by the federal government.

 International

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

7.) It’s the beginning of the end for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s long-dominant position in Europe after she announced she would not seek another term and would step aside as her party’s leader.

(AP Photo/Omer Kuscu, File)

8.) Adults under 30 in Western Europe are less likely to trust the news media, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday.

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