Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the federal courts system has enough money to run through Jan. 11 amid a government shutdown that is expected to grip parts of Washington well after Christmas; A federal judge slammed North Korea with a $501 million judgment in connection to the death of American student Otto Warmbier; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work from the New York hospital where she had cancerous growths removed from her lungs, and more.

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National

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1.) While a government shutdown is expected to grip parts of Washington well after Christmas, the federal courts system has enough money to run through Jan. 11.

(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

2.) A federal judge slammed North Korea with a $501 million judgment Monday in connection to the death of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student whom it kept hostage for a year and a half.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

3.) A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court indicated Sunday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work from the New York hospital where she had cancerous growths removed from her lungs.

4.) A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a company operating hundreds of CVS pharmacies must face a class action from patients claiming it sent letters disclosing their HIV status on the envelope.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

5.) Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding in recent months.

International

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6.) Britain has banned third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation.

(Cesare Abbate/ANSA Via AP)

7.) Archaeologists have unearthed the petrified remains of a harnessed horse and saddle in the stable of an ancient villa in a Pompeii suburb.

(AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)

8.) The Mount Etna observatory says lava and ash are spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity.

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