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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court torpedoed a pair of lawsuits against Germany and Hungary from the heirs of Jewish art dealers seeking restitution for a medieval collection sold to the Nazis in 1935; California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is launching two major sites in urban areas that have been particularly devastated by the pandemic; The European Union’s top court found that national sports bodies may be governed by rules covering public contract awards, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court torpedoed a pair of lawsuits against Germany and Hungary from the heirs of Jewish art dealers seeking restitution for a medieval collection sold to the Nazis in 1935; California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is launching two major sites in urban areas that have been particularly devastated by the pandemic; The European Union’s top court found that national sports bodies may be governed by rules covering public contract awards, and more.

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National

1.) The Supreme Court on Wednesday torpedoed a pair of lawsuits against Germany and Hungary from the heirs of Jewish art dealers seeking restitution for a medieval collection sold to the Nazis in 1935, now estimated to be worth a quarter of a billion dollars.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, the medieval Dome Reliquary (13th century) of the Welfenschatz, is displayed at the Bode Museum in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

2.) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Biden’s choice to head the Department of Energy in a hearing that made it increasingly clear that the president’s climate change mitigation efforts must appease Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from coal mining West Virginia. 

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin leads a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Image via Courthouse News)

Regional

3.) Answering President Joe Biden’s call for a wave of new vaccination centers across the country, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state is launching two major sites in urban areas that have been particularly devastated by the pandemic.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stands with other federal, state and local officials at the Oakland Coliseum, one of two locations in the Golden State the Biden administration will turn into a Covid mass vaccination site.

4.) After months of stalled efforts to reopen public schools shuttered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the city of San Francisco on Wednesday sued its own school district to make the Board of Education bring in-person learning back to classrooms.

The San Francisco Board of Education voted to rename 44 public schools during a virtual meeting on Jan. 26, 2021. (Screenshot)

5.) A Virginia judge has denied a preliminary injunction sought by parents of middle school students who sued the Fairfax County School Board over a plan to jettison standardized testing as part of the admissions process for one of the nation’s top high schools.     

(Photo by F1 Digitals/Pixabay)

International

6.) Ruling against Italy’s national soccer federation, the European Union’s top court found on Wednesday that national sports bodies may be governed by rules covering public contract awards.

FILE - In this March 8, 2020 file photo, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo runs with the ball during the last Serie A soccer match Juventus played before the coronavirus stop, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leader Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

7.) The United Nations’ high court ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute brought by Iran against the United States over the reinstatement of sanctions in 2018. 

A United Nations flag flutters in the wind next to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the Netherlands, Monday Aug. 27, 2018. Iran is going to the United Nations' highest court in a bid to have U.S. sanctions lifted. Iran filed the case with the International Court of Justice in July, claiming that sanctions the Trump administration imposed on May 8 breach a 1955 bilateral agreement known as the Treaty of Amity that regulates economic and consular ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

8.) Hungary has not done enough to reduce air pollution in Budapest, the capital, and in two other heavily industrialized regions, Europe’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

Budapest, Hungary. (Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

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