Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump said in Iraq that he has “no plans” to pull troops there; An Ivorian asylum seeker who has spent nearly three years behind bars gained a chance at freedom after a federal judge blasted his continuing detention as an affront to democratic society; One of the world’s most active volcanoes is threatening to cause a dangerous lava flow and possibly another earthquake in Sicily, and more.

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National

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

1.) A week after deciding to pull troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump said Wednesday in Iraq that he has “no plans” to do so there.

2.) An Ivorian asylum seeker who has spent nearly three years behind bars gained a chance at freedom Thursday after a federal judge blasted his continuing detention as an affront to democratic society.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

3.) Nearly a week into the partial government shutdown, a software project at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that had been on track for release early next month is now gathering dust.

4.) Army veterans who claim the military did not give “liberal consideration” to diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder while reviewing disciplinary decisions can proceed in their lawsuit as a class, a federal judge ruled.

Regional

5.) The rapid growth of Los Angeles during the early 20th century saw undeveloped land paved over, sending stormwater that would have been absorbed by the ground into the region’s rivers and creeks and eventually out to sea. Now a judge must reconsider whether a permit to let Southern California cities dump billions of gallons of contaminated stormwater – as long as they eventually develop safety compliance plans
– passes legal muster.

6.) St. Louis County public defenders who say they have too many cases to guarantee criminal defendants’ rights to effective counsel should have their claims heard by Missouri’s highest court, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. 

International

(Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)

7.) Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is threatening to cause a dangerous lava flow and possibly another earthquake, experts warned on Thursday as a state of emergency was declared.

8.) Authorities in the French Alps say a 12-year-old boy has been found alive after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes.

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