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Top eight stories for today including senators considered a slate of judicial nominees; A coalition of media filed a brief in the Second Circuit supporting a decision that found Vermont court clerks in violation of the First Amendment; American-supplied rocket systems are in action in Ukraine, and more.

National

Thomas didn’t mention interracial marriage, and that’s worth talking about

Every justice but one who signed an opinion for the Dobbs abortion case took care to mention Loving v. Virginia.

Abortion rights activists are seen through a hole in an American flag as they protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Republicans finally offer blue slip for Biden court nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee considered a slate of judicial nominees Wednesday, including a Seventh Circuit nominee who is the first of President Biden’s circuit court picks to get approval from two Republican home-state senators.

Judge Doris Pryor, nominated to serve on the Seventh Circuit, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a July 13, 2022 hearing. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

FDA authorizes fourth Covid vaccine for adults

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a new non-mRNA Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use Wednesday, greenlighting a shot made by Novavax that the government secured 3.2 million doses of earlier this week.

A phase III trial volunteer receives the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine. (Image courtesy of Novavax)

Virginia judge denies Heard bid for new trial in Depp defamation case  

In a sharply worded decision Wednesday, the chief judge of Fairfax County Circuit Court denied Amber Heard’s motion for a mistrial in the six-week defamation case that ended with a jury finding the actress must pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than $10 million in damages.

This combination of two photos shows divorced actors Johnny Depp, left, and Amber Heard in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 3, 2022. (Jim Watson/Pool photos via AP)

Regional

Media jumps into Vermont First Amendment fray

A coalition of media filed a brief Wednesday in the Manhattan-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals supporting a decision that found Vermont court clerks in violation of the First Amendment.

(Art by Carlos Ayala/Courthouse News)

Twin Cities Trump fan accused of staging arson

A newly unsealed indictment claims a Minnesota man painted "BLM," "Biden 2020" and an anarchist "A" on his own garage before burning it down with vehicles inside.

Downtown Minneapolis. (Kait_P/Pixabay via Courthouse News)

International

Ukraine hits Russia hard with US rocket systems, war rages in east

With the arrival of advanced U.S. rocket systems on the battlefield, Ukraine is claiming success in its effort to slow the advance of Russian forces and turn the tide of the war in its favor.

Ukrainian servicemen of the Khartia battalion patrol at the frontline near Kharkiv on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Science

Scientists found a heartbeat-like radio signal coming from a distant galaxy

From over a billion light-years away and surrounded by a plasma cloud, a new radio wave is being picked up on Earth.

The CHIME Telescope at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. (Photo courtesy of CHIME, with background edited by MIT News.)

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