Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including tech giant Apple continued its fight against a demand for $14 billion in back taxes from the European Union, arguing alongside Ireland that EU regulations on corporate tax are “untethered from reality”; American sanctions against Iran will tighten, after a tweet from President Donald Trump and a week of speculation; California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a contentious bill into law that makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors and deny them benefits, and more.

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National

(Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

1.) American sanctions against Iran will tighten Wednesday, after a tweet from President Donald Trump and a week of speculation. “I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” Trump tweeted.

(Erik Simander/TT via AP)

2.) President Trump on Wednesday said he will appoint a State Department envoy as his new national security adviser, after John Bolton’s departure from the White House last week.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

3.) The Federal Reserve cut interest rates Wednesday for the second time in as many months in an effort to continue the longest economic expansion on record amid President Donald Trump’s trade war and fears of a global slowdown.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

4.) Existing U.S. environmental policy provides them no comfort. They feel outrage. They feel anger. They wrestle with hopelessness and feel abandoned. But the youth activists who testified before Congress Wednesday do not feel so defeated in their fight to combat the climate crisis that they have given up. They are only just beginning.

International

(Photo via EU Curia)

5.) Tech giant Apple continued its fight Wednesday against a demand for $14 billion in back taxes from the European Union, arguing alongside Ireland in the European General Court that EU regulations on corporate tax are “untethered from reality.”

(Duane Froese/University of Alberta)

6.) Canada’s six-week election season has begun, and both incumbent Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Conservative challenger Andrew Scheer are facing some uncomfortable questions.

Regional

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

7.) Defying the wishes of gig economy giants like Uber and Lyft, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a contentious bill into law Wednesday that makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors and deny them benefits.

(Photo via Cook Collection/The Valentine/”Controversy History: Segregation Then and Now.”)

8.) Loretta Tillman, 60, remembers her first day of fifth grade in 1970, when she and about 50 other black students arrived at a previously all-white school on the Southside of Richmond, Virginia.

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