Nightly Brief

     
     
     Top CNS stories for today including an injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline construction dissolved; Apple and Samsung take their total-profit damages fight to the U.S. Supreme Court; Same-day Illinois voter registration reinstated, and more.
     
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     1.) Injunction Against Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Dissolved
     On the eve of a holiday that honors the colonial invasion of America, the D.C. Circuit served defeat to a tribe protesting construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline.
     
     2.) Apple & Samsung Take Total-Profit Damages Fight to US High Court
     In a case that could influence how courts award damages in design patent disputes, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wades into the Apple-Samsung war to determine if the Federal Circuit was correct in upholding a $399 million judgment for Apple.
     
     3.) Trump, Fighting for Political Life, Wages a Scorched-Earth Debate
     The second presidential debate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton got off to an icy start as the participants refused to shake hands setting the tone for a hostile debate.
     
     4.) Trump’s ‘Locker Room Talk’ Sets Debate Tone
     Starting with the awkwardness of the candidates’ refusal to shake hands and continuing with Republican candidate Donald Trump’s attacks on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the debate offered more rhetoric and diversion attempts than substance.
     
     5.) Same-Day Illinois Voter Registration Reinstated
     Same-day voter registration is back on in Illinois after the Seventh Circuit stayed an order barring voters from being able to register at the polls in November.
     
     6.) In Parting Shot, Matthew Wreaks Havoc in Carolinas
     Hurricane Matthew finally pulled away from the U.S. East Coast Sunday evening, but in a parting shot it wreaked havoc in the Carolinas and left at least eight people dead.
     
     7.) Louisiana Takes on Oilfield Polluters
     A new lawsuit against the oil industry brings to five the number of Louisiana coastal parishes that claim oil and gas companies’ violations of state laws have caused coastal erosion and contamination.
     
     8.) Cosby Accuser Stumbles in Appellate Hearing
     One of Bill Cosby’s accusers will get a second chance Friday to tell judges that the comedian defamed her by telling the public not to take her sexual-assault allegations at face value.

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