Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his first campaign stop in North Carolina and spoke about issues that resonate with Tar Heel State voters such as gerrymandering and LGBT rights; Five parents in an Orthodox Jewish enclave of Brooklyn brought a lawsuit over New York City’s mandatory vaccination order; Firefighters battled a massive blaze at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral that sent ash pouring onto tourists and flames shooting out of the world-famous 12th century monument, and more.

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National

(CNS Photo/Erika Williams)

1.) Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his first campaign stop in North Carolina on Monday, speaking to a crowd in Charlotte about issues that resonate with Tar Heel State voters such as gerrymandering and LGBT rights.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

2.) Faced with $1,000 fines if they do not inoculate their children for measles, five parents in an Orthodox Jewish enclave of Brooklyn brought a lawsuit Monday over New York City’s mandatory vaccination order.

(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

3.) As a battle over the expected extradition of Julian Assange heats up in the United Kingdom, a newly unsealed U.S. court filing details how the WikiLeaks founder tried to cover his tracks.

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

4.) Actress Lori Loughlin and three other parents indicted as part of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal filed not-guilty pleas on Monday.

Science

5.) Herbs can lift a bland soup or zest up a quiche, but now researchers say a batch of medicinal plants found on an island in the Indian Ocean have the potential to stop the spread of esophageal cancer.

(Larry Nittler and NASA)

6.) Much like the popular movie scene where scientists discover an ancient insect preserved in amber, a Carnegie Institution for Science research team announced its discovery of primitive dust particles from a comet encased inside a meteorite found on Antarctica.

(NASA / JPL-Caltech)

7.) Radar data and images from the only spacecraft to ever orbit Saturn revealed small yet surprisingly deep methane-filled liquid lakes perched atop hills on Titan, the gas giant’s largest moon, NASA revealed Monday.

International

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

8.) Firefighters battled a massive blaze Monday at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral that sent ash pouring onto tourists and flames shooting out of the world-famous 12th century monument.

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