Top Eight

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including a Paris court ruled Google must negotiate paying French media groups to display their news content on its platforms; Six men were arrested on federal conspiracy charges accusing them of scheming to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; The Supreme Court denied an emergency motion from Montana Republicans to block the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to voters, and more.

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National

1.) Wanting to debate in person only as he recovers from Covid-19, President Donald Trump refused on Thursday to participate in next week’s presidential debate if it would be virtual.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) The Supreme Court on Thursday denied an emergency motion from Montana Republicans to block the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to voters, a day before they are expected to go out.

(Courthouse News photo/Jack Rodgers)

Regional

3.) Six men were arrested on federal conspiracy charges Thursday accusing them of scheming to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and frequent target of right-wing vitriol.  

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

4.) The Seventh Circuit on Thursday rolled back changes a Wisconsin federal judge made to the state’s general election deadlines and rules as a coronavirus precaution, delivering a win for conservatives fighting tooth and nail against any alterations to election law ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

(Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

5.) Starting with early voting Oct. 7, Arizonans began casting ballots on Proposition 207, a voter initiative that would legalize cannabis, launch a retail market, designate where taxes would go and revamp penalties for possession.

(Courthouse News photo/Brad Poole)

International

6.) Google must negotiate paying French media groups to display their news content on its platforms, a Paris appeals court ruled in a major decision Thursday.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

7.) A French ban on bee-killing pesticides was upheld Thursday by the EU’s high court. 

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

8.) The pension fund for employees of British multinational food manufacturer United Biscuits cannot dodge paying value-added tax on its investments, the European Court of Justice held Thursday.

(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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