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Top eight stories for today including a veteran’s 45-year-old fight for disability benefits drew to a close at the Supreme Court; Courthouse News filed a First Amendment action against an Ohio court clerk over a blackout in traditional press access; Chipmaker Qualcomm persuaded the EU’s second-highest court to annul a $1.05 billion antitrust fine, and more.

National

Split ruling ends veteran’s long fight for disability benefits

A veteran’s 45-year-old fight for disability benefits drew to a close at the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a 6-3 ruling that refuses to let the man reopen his 1977 case even though his claim should not have been denied. 

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

Seven new judicial nominees put Biden over the 100-pick marker

President Joe Biden announced candidates for the federal bench Wednesday, giving him 105 judicial nominations since the start of his presidency.

Dana Douglas left private practice in 2019 to become a U.S. magistrate judge in Louisiana. (Liskow & Lewis via Courthouse News)

Supreme Court puts child safety first in couple’s transcontinental abduction spat

An international custody dispute earned a unanimous ruling from the high court on Wednesday with the justices deciding that if a child would be exposed to serious harm by returning them to their home country, solutions to eliminate that harm do not need to be considered to keep the child in the country where they are safe. 

Visitors walk outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 21, 2022. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Regional

First Amendment action filed against Columbus clerk over access blackout

Ohio’s courts, like many across the land, allowed news reporters to see paper filings when they crossed the clerk’s counter. Then when the electronic revolution finally came to those state courts, like many across the land, they took traditional press access away. Challenging the take-away, Courthouse News filed a First Amendment action against Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus.

Courthouse News Service bureau chief Ryan Abbott (right) and reporter Charly Himmel (center) speak with court staff at the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas in Youngstown, Ohio. (Bill Girdner / CNS)

Hate crime charges filed on Buffalo supermarket massacre

The teenager arrested after killing 10 people, most of them Black, at the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo last month will face federal hate crime charges.

Investigators work the scene of a shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In trial on Times Square carnage, driver’s insanity defense put to jury

Five years after a U.S. Navy veteran killed a teenage tourist by plowing his car across three blocks of sidewalk in Times Square, a rampage on Seventh Avenue that ended with the red Honda Accord impaled on a cement security bollard and at least 20 other pedestrian injuries, the driver’s long-delayed trial came to a close on Wednesday morning.

Richard Rojas appears in court for the start of his trial in New York on May 9, 2022. Prosecutors are largely relying on the testimony of victims to make a case against Rojas that could put him behind bars for decades. His lawyers are saying he had a mental breakdown that day and had no capacity to understand what he was doing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

International

Chipmaker Qualcomm gets $1 billion antitrust fine overturned 

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm persuaded the EU’s second-highest court on Wednesday to annul a $1.05 billion antitrust fine.

A sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Court hears closing arguments in trial over killing of Dutch crime reporter

Before a court in Amsterdam on Wednesday, lawyers for two defendants argued for leniency and acquittal in a trial over the murder of Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries.

Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries is photographed on Jan. 31, 2008, prior to a live TV show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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