Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the House of Representatives approved a bill that would reopen the government through February, but a dispute over procedure led the measure to be vacated shortly after passage this afternoon; Skadden Arps must register as a foreign agent as part of a settlement over the law firm’s work with Paul Manafort on behalf of the Ukrainian government; A regulator stripped McDonald’s of its exclusive use of the name Big Mac in the European Union, and more.

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National

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1.) The House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would reopen the government through February, but a dispute over procedure led the measure to be vacated shortly after passage this afternoon.

2.) Skadden Arps must register as a foreign agent, the Justice Department announced Thursday, unveiling a settlement over the law firm’s work with Paul Manafort on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

3.) A bid by the Trump administration to lift sanctions imposed on companies tied to a Russian oligarch faced swift but likely impotent opposition Thursday from the House of Representatives.

Regional

(CNS Photo/Nathan Solis)

4.) Bargaining between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers’ union resumed Thursday as nearly 30,000 educators entered the fourth day of their strike at the nation’s second largest public school district.

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5.) Several Ohio landowners argued before a Sixth Circuit panel Thursday that a mining company’s fracking operation under their property is unconstitutional, seeking to revive federal claims against the company and the Buckeye State.

Science

(Regina Eisert/University of Canterbury via AP)

6.) Using workplace safety parameters to marine Antarctic animals, scientists say they can now predict climate change winners and losers in the Southern Ocean.

International

7.) In a supersized trademark controversy, a European regulator has ruled in favor of an Irish fast-food restaurant chain and stripped McDonald’s of its exclusive use of the name Big Mac in the European Union.

(Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)

8.) Finding a silver lining in its sober account of how far-right autocrats took the spotlight in 2018, Human Rights Watch reported Thursday that the corruption it observed tended to bolster resistance movements.

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