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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court appeared split on partisan lines as it considered a redistricting theory that advocates say could trample a core tenet of democracy; The First Circuit heard arguments over the constitutionality of a plan that changed the racial balance of Boston’s prestigious public exam schools; The Mexico Chamber of Deputies pushed through a batch of reforms to the country’s federal electoral system, and more.

National

Supreme Court digs into redistricting play that would usurp judicial checks

Giving a major elections case intensely even debate, the Supreme Court appeared split on partisan lines Wednesday as it considered a redistricting theory that advocates say could trample a core tenet of democracy. 

A map of election districts in North Carolina is shown on July 15, 2019, (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Sixth Circuit hears bid to dismantle horse racing authority

Regulatory authority for the horse racing industry should be left to states or the federal government, not a private entity with unfettered power, according to arguments made by Oklahoma, West Virginia and Louisiana before the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday.

John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit crosses the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, on May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Regional

‘Racial balancing’ in top Boston public schools troubles 1st Circuit

The Supreme Court’s pending case on affirmative action at Harvard weighed heavily on the First Circuit Wednesday as it tried to decide the constitutionality of a plan that changed the racial balance of Boston’s prestigious public exam schools.

Boston, Massachusetts. (Image by Michelle Raponi from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

South Carolina private schools argue for access to Covid relief funds

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston and a private college association asked a Fourth Circuit panel on Wednesday to strike down a provision of the South Carolina Constitution that prohibits public funds from being diverted to private and religious schools, arguing they are being unfairly deprived of Covid-19 pandemic relief aid.

(Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

Indiana defends charitable bail law at Seventh Circuit

The ACLU argued before the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday that an Indiana bail law unfairly targets charitable organizations and violates their free speech rights, while an attorney for the state countered that paying bail is not expressive conduct.

The Indiana State Capitol, which is also home to the state's Supreme Court. (Photo by Massimo Catarinella via Wikipedia Commons)

International

GDP, employment growth up but slowing in EU

Despite a slower third quarter, the EU’s statistics agency reports Europe’s economy is growing at a faster annual rate than the U.S., driven by investments in fixed assets and the purchase of household goods.

Shipping containers are piled up in the harbor in Hamburg, Germany, on Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Mexico lawmakers approve López Obrador’s ‘Plan B’ to tanked electoral reform

The Mexico Chamber of Deputies pushed through a batch of reforms to the country’s federal electoral system early Wednesday morning after the president’s controversial original amendment failed to pass.

Federal legislators watch the vote count on screens in Mexico's Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (Chamber of Deputies via Courthouse News)

Science

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs struck them down in their prime, study says

Dinosaurs were supremely well-adapted to their environment when the asteroid that wiped them out hit, scientists say.

Triceratops prorsus munches on cycads and disturbs primitive cousins of placental (left) and marsupial (right) mammals in the underbrush. A softshell turtle climbs up on a log, unaware that its freshwater ecology will shelter it from the impending doom from space. (Henry Sharpe)

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