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Top eight stories for today including a soccer player who lost her college scholarship over a middle finger won a reversal; At least two people were killed as strong thunderstorms moved across the Deep South; A regional plan to keep wolves at bay by arming park rangers with paintball guns was shot down by a Dutch court, and more.

National

Appeals court sides with student whose middle finger cost her a soccer scholarship

A soccer player who lost her college scholarship won a reversal Wednesday, with the Second Circuit finding that Noriana Radwan's sex discrimination claims should have survived summary judgment.

In this still from video, University of Connecticut soccer player Noriana Radwan ecstatically flashes the middle finger as a camera films her team celebrating a win. (Credit: ACLU via Courthouse News)

Feds need time for ‘substantial’ discovery in Paul Pelosi attack case

Paul Pelosi attack suspect David DePape briefly appeared in federal court Wednesday, where prosecutors told the court they are engaged in “substantial discovery” of evidence in the case.

David DePape is shown in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 13, 2013. (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

Regional

South cleaning up after deadly storms

A 39-year-old woman was killed alongside her 8-year-old son in Montgomery early Wednesday morning as strong thunderstorms moved across the Deep South, spawning tornadoes that damaged property and caused injuries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

A damaged mobile home where two people died is seen in Flatwood, Ala., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Indiana AG goes after doctor who performed abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

Indiana's Republican attorney general filed a complaint Wednesday claiming a doctor violated the privacy of a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled to the Hoosier State to get an abortion. 

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, a reproductive healthcare provider, speaks during an abortion rights rally on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. (Jenna Watson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

International

Hungary at risk of losing billions in EU funds over rule-of-law dispute

The European Union's executive branch on Wednesday set the stage for a bitter showdown with far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban by proposing to withhold $13.7 billion in EU funds as punishment for Hungary's alleged violations of democratic principles.

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends the second day of a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Young Swedes take their country to court over climate inaction

In a lawsuit based on the fundamental rights to life and privacy guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the nonprofit group Aurora is suing the Swedish state for not having a proper climate action plan.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, joins a Fridays for Future global climate strike in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Dutch wolves safe from paintball gun-toting park rangers

A regional plan to keep wolves at bay by arming park rangers with paintball guns was shot down by a Dutch court on Wednesday. 

This Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, provided by the National Park Service shows a gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP, File)

Science

Harris, Macron get first look at new space telescope images

NASA publicly released a new deep-space image from the James Webb Space Telescope on Wednesday, but not before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron had a chance to preview it.

A merging galaxy pair cavort in this image captured by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. This pair of galaxies, known to astronomers as II ZW 96, is roughly 500 million light-years from Earth and lies in the constellation Delphinus. More distant galaxies twinkle beyond them.

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