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Top eight stories for today including health and environmental groups invited the D.C. Circuit to review lax ozone standards; The federal government told two courts of appeal that it has begun investigating justification for the last administration’s bans against WeChat and TikTok; The owner of porn streaming service FyreTV asked an 11th Circuit panel to revive a trademark lawsuit claiming consumers could confuse the platform with Amazon’s Fire TV service, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including health and environmental groups invited the D.C. Circuit to review lax ozone standards; The federal government told two courts of appeal that it has begun investigating justification for the last administration’s bans against WeChat and TikTok; The owner of porn streaming service FyreTV asked an 11th Circuit panel to revive a trademark lawsuit claiming consumers could confuse the platform with Amazon’s Fire TV service, and more.

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National

1.) More than a dozen health and environmental groups invited the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to review lax ozone standards that the Environmental Protection Agency opted to leave as-is last year.

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

2.) Signaling a possible détente of the Trump administration’s war on Chinese technology, the U.S. government told two courts of appeal that it has begun investigating justification for the last administration’s bans against WeChat and TikTok.

Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

3.) The owner of porn streaming service FyreTV asked an 11th Circuit panel Thursday to revive a trademark lawsuit claiming consumers could confuse the platform with Amazon’s Fire TV service. 

An Amazon Fire TV system is seen at a retail store in Canada. (Photo by Raysonho from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

4.) The final push by Democrats in former President Trump’s second impeachment trial concluded Thursday with appeals to uphold the integrity of the Constitution and to bar Trump from ever again holding office.

Billboard trucks parked on the National Mall near of the U.S. Capitol during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

5.) The U.S. has secured deals for another 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine and will have enough to vaccinate 300 million people by the summer, President Joe Biden said Thursday afternoon.

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Regional

6.) California’s court bureaucracy used public funds and a bagful of tricks to fight press access before losing on a legal slam-dunk last month. This news service is now asking for the legal fees it racked up on the long road to vindicating a press tradition in the courts of America.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California. (Bill Girdner/Courthouse News)

7.) Looking to an underutilized but readily available resource, a California lawmaker is pressing the state to look to the Pacific Ocean in its endless search for clean energy

A wind farm in the North Sea.

International

8.) The EU’s top court found Thursday that European law allows countries to require specialist training for dockworkers, but such national rules cannot violate the freedom of movement for workers from other member states.

Shipping containers are seen at Belgium’s Port of Antwerp. (Photo by Hessel Visser from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

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