Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump doubled down on his demand for border-wall funding by threatening to close the U.S.-Mexico border; Wells Fargo will pay $575 million to settle claims of state consumer protection violations stemming from its phony accounts scandal; An advocacy group reported a 12 percent spike in police fatalities, and more.

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National

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

1.) One week into the government shutdown driven by his demand for border-wall funding, President Donald Trump doubled down Friday by threatening to close the U.S.-Mexico border.

(AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall)

2.) Attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia said Friday that Wells Fargo will pay $575 million to settle claims of state consumer protection violations stemming from its phony accounts scandal.

3.) Observing a 12 percent spike in police fatalities, an advocacy group reported Friday that more officers died from being shot to death than any other cause. 

Regional

4.) Companies servicing draft tap lines to ensure free-flowing and fresh-tasting beer should not be taxed, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled just days before New Year’s Eve celebrations in bars across the country.

5.) Longhaired players are commonplace in pro and college football, but a Texas school district won’t let a student play with the sacred braid he’s been growing since birth. A federal judge Thursday allowed his family’s religious discrimination lawsuit to proceed.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)

6.) A technician who was critical of how United Airlines serviced military-transport planes persuaded the Fourth Circuit this week to let his retaliation claim take flight

International

7.) To expand its army, Germany may need to look at permitting other European Union citizens into the ranks of the Bundeswehr, top military leaders say — primarily from a pool of about 500,000 citizens of other EU countries who live in Germany.

8.) One small step for man, a giant leap for refrigerators. The European Union’s 28 states have approved regulations to force refrigerator manufacturers to make fridges that can be easy to repair, and therefore longer-lasting.

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