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