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Top CNS stories for today including Speaker Nancy Pelosi effectively sidelined the State of the Union address by telling President Donald Trump in a letter that a measure allowing him to speak will not be voted on by the House; New Orleans Saints season ticketholders claim the blown pass-interference call that cost the Saints the NFC championship cast doubt on the NFL’s “integrity and fairness”; The European Court of Justice ruled Brexit should not alter how countries handle asylum applications they would otherwise refer to the U.K. authorities, and more.

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Speaker Nancy Pelosi effectively sidelined the State of the Union address by telling President Donald Trump in a letter that a measure allowing him to speak will not be voted on by the House; New Orleans Saints season ticketholders claim the blown pass-interference call that cost the Saints the NFC championship cast doubt on the NFL’s “integrity and fairness”; The European Court of Justice ruled Brexit should not alter how countries handle asylum applications they would otherwise refer to the U.K. authorities, and more.

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National

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California holds the gavel after taking it from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) Effectively sidelining the State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Donald Trump in a letter Wednesday that a measure allowing the president to speak will not be voted on by the House.

2.) New Orleans Saints season ticketholders filed a class action against the NFL, saying the blown pass-interference call that cost the Saints the NFC championship on Sunday cast doubt on the league’s “integrity and fairness.” And they say, three members of the officiating crew had previously been accused of “biased rulings on the field.

Michael Cohen, second from right, accompanied by his children from left, Samantha and Jake, and his wife, Laura Shusterman, right, arrives at federal court in New York on Dec. 12, 2018, to be sentenced for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign-finance laws . (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

3.) Citing “ongoing threats against his family” from President Donald Trump, the prison-bound former fixer Michael Cohen backed out Wednesday on his appearance before Congress.

Regional

The shadow of Los Angeles City Hall is cast on a building while striking Los Angeles Unified teachers gather in Grand Park in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2019. A tentative deal was reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union that will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike against the nation’s second-largest district, officials said. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

4.) After the large rallies and marches in the rain over the last week, Los Angeles educators returned to their classrooms Wednesday – putting an end to a six-day teachers’ strike where more than 30,000 union members seized on a groundswell of support for public education at the nation’s second largest school district.

Virginia voters persuaded a federal judge in 2017 that 11 of the 12 election districts pictured in this 2011 map were racially gerrymandered by Republican lawmakers. (Image via Virginia’s Public Access Project)

5.) Democrats seeking majority control in the Virginia House of Delegates should have an advantage in the fall election after a panel of federal judges accepted a proposal to redraw 26 voter districts.

Science

6.) Researchers have found Earth’s ability to trap greenhouse gas emissions is compromised by the increasing frequency and severity of droughts and heatwaves associated with climate change – meaning we’ll likely reach the tipping point sooner rather than later.

7.) A drug company specializing in the development of therapies for degenerative disorders said Wednesday its researchers have identified a bacterial pathogen responsible for the rapid growth of Alzheimer’s disease: Gingivitis, and they’ve created a treatment to neutralize its effect on the brain.

International

A traffic crossing at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the village of Bridgend, County Donegal, Ireland. Britain said on Aug. 16, 2017, that there must be no border posts between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic after Brexit. (Brian Lawless/PA, File via AP)

8.) Brexit should not alter how countries handle asylum applications that they would otherwise refer to the U.K. authorities, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday.

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