Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including Florida, Georgia and South Carolina preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Matthew; a witness telling the court that a Christie aide Was all smiles at news of traffic mess; Bundy calls refuge takeover his civic duty, and more.
     
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     1.) President Obama Declares State of Emergency in Fla.
     President Barack Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Florida, as three states in the southeastern U.S. brace for the potentially catastrophic arrival of Hurricane Matthew.
     
     2.) Christie Aide Was All Smiles at News of Traffic Mess, Witness Says
     Gov. Chris Christie’s former staffer offered only a smile when told about the havoc created by New Jersey lane closures she is accused of engineering for political retribution, a witness testified Thursday.
     
     3.) Paris Climate Pact to Be Global ‘Law’ on Nov. 4
     The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change will officially take effect on Nov. 4, after a coalition of the world’s largest polluters and nations most threatened by rising seas cleared a major benchmark on Wednesday.
     
     4.) Bundy Calls Refuge Takeover His Civic Duty
     A theme developed during day two of Ammon Bundy’s testimony: He didn’t dispute the facts of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, but asked the jury to see that his love of justice compelled him to launch the occupation that left dozens in jail and one man dead.
     
     5.) Silk Road Appeal Hinges Upon Crooked Feds
     Attorneys for 32-year-old Ross Ulbricht tried Thursday to convince the Second Circuit that their life-incarcerated client deserves a new trial because federal agents probing his deep-web drug bazaar corrupted the investigation.
     
     6.) Unmarried Gay Ex Given Full Parental Rights
     Massachusetts’ highest court extended full parental rights to an unmarried gay woman who broke up with her partner, finding that a person can establish themselves as a parent without a biological connection.
     
     7.) 3rd Circuit to Break Split on Investor-Suit Windows
     Merck fought in the Third Circuit on Wednesday to block securities claims advanced under 40-year-old precedent that is now at the heart of a circuit split.
     
     8.) $12M Verdict in Boy Scouts Abuse Case Tossed
     The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a $12 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America in a sexual assault case by a troop’s teen patrol leader.

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