Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including House Democrats plan to vote Thursday on a short-term spending plan in a bid to end the partial government shutdown; Stocks in the U.S. rose slightly on the last day of a turbulent economic year and international markets also ticked up on hopes of a trade deal between U.S. and China; The International Federation of Journalists reported that 2018 was a highly bloody year for the press, and more.

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National

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) In a bid to end the partial government shutdown early in the new year, House Democrats plan to vote Thursday on a short-term spending plan.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

2.) A Texas federal judge who controversially invalidated the Affordable Care Act two weeks ago agreed late Sunday to allow the law to stand while his ruling is appealed, citing “great uncertainty” for those seeking health care coverage.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

3.) Stocks in the U.S. rose slightly Monday on the last day of a turbulent economic year and international markets also ticked up on hopes of a trade deal between U.S. and China.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

4.) Pointing to multiple fires that have devastated California since 2017, the U.S. government offered a basis Monday for a federal judge to hold Pacific Gas and Electric criminally liable.

5.) A federal judge ruled Saturday that Google does not violate Illinois privacy laws by automatically creating a face template when Android users upload photos taken on their smartphone to the company’s cloud-based photo service.

International

(AP Photo/Brian Witte)

6.) Counting a dozen more deaths from the previous year, the International Federation of Journalists reported Monday that 2018 was a highly bloody one for the press.

(Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA Via AP)

7.) The drawn-out budget battle between Italy’s new establishment-challenging populist government and the budget hawks of the European Union is over – for now.

(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

8.) Russia’s security agency announced Monday that an American citizen, Paul Whelan, has been arrested on charges of espionage in Moscow.

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