Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including the FBI warned of the potential for copycat attacks by domestic violent extremists after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio within 13 hours of each other left at least 31 people dead and 53 injured; A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending a series of mail bombs to perceived critics of President Donald Trump; A new study shows the world’s oceans are suffering from an increase in warming events that disrupt marine wildlife and threaten vast ecosystems, and more.
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1.) The FBI warned of the potential for copycat attacks by domestic violent extremists after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio within 13 hours of each other left at least 31 people dead and 53 injured, in what President Donald Trump called “an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity.”
2.) When Americans crack open their daily newspapers next year, it is likely that one out of six papers will be owned by a single company.
3.) Handing a 20-year sentence to the Florida man who addressed a series of mail bombs to perceived critics of President Donald Trump, a federal judge rebuked Cesar Sayoc on Monday for spreading a “torrent of fear” across the country.
4.) Rabbitbrush bloomed in abundance, casting a soft yellow sheen that extended out from both sides of the desert roadway. To the north, the carpet of wildflowers was broken only by distant hills along the horizon that wall in the Paria River Valley. The super bloom gave testament to the glut of precipitation that fell in Utah’s high desert this past winter.
5.) The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to weigh in on a budget dispute between the Democratic governor and state Republicans, taking up a lawsuit filed by a conservative advocacy group challenging the practice of partial vetoes.
6.) Already facing federal charges in Illinois and New York, singer R. Kelly’s legal troubles piled up higher Monday as Minnesota prosecutors announced two counts of engaging in prostitution and solicitation.
7.) The thick soup that is Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits provides a brutal lesson in nature and helps explain why today Angelenos have coyote problems instead of large saber-toothed cats in the Hollywood Hills.
8.) The world’s oceans are suffering from an increase in warming events, disrupting marine wildlife and threatening vast ecosystems, according to a study released Monday.