Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates for the first time since the start of the recession more than a decade ago; Americans will soon be able to import lower-cost prescription drugs from foreign countries like Canada as part of a plan unveiled by the Trump administration; Democrats introduced a resolution to roll back a Trump administration rule making it easier for states to waive certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and more.

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National

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1.) The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates Wednesday for the first time since the start of the recession more than a decade ago, based on perceived threats to the economy including trade wars, lagging inflation and global growth fears.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2.) Americans will soon be able to import lower-cost prescription drugs from foreign countries like Canada as part of a plan unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration.

(Elizabeth Williams via AP)

3.) With no visible bruises that would speak to last week’s reported jail-cell injury, accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein appeared in court Wednesday to prepare for a possible summer 2020 trial.

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4.) Forcing a vote on health care as the 2020 election season heats up, Democrats introduced a resolution Wednesday to roll back a Trump administration rule making it easier for states to waive certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions.

(Peter Fretwell/British Antarctic Survey via AP)

5.) Accusing the Trump administration of violating the Endangered Species Act, environmentalists claim in court that the emperor penguin could be extinct within a century if the government doesn’t act quickly to protect it.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

6.) The Second Circuit dealt a big win to Facebook Wednesday, ruling that online publishers cannot be held accountable for what users post — even if they’re members of a terrorist group.

Science

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7.) Researchers say they may have found a new way to monitor one of the most unpredictable and dangerous aspects of volcano eruptions – where and how magma will flow.

(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

8.) A study released Wednesday in the scientific journal Matter offers a biotechnological strategy for purifying microplastics in water systems before the contaminants can enter bodies of water and threaten the health of marine and human life.

 

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