Top Eight

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight stories for today including Michigan is reeling from a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases driven by a potpourri of foreign variants; Around 20% of Americans remain reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus; Irish airline Ryanair lost another challenge against generous government aid packages meant to keep its competitors in business, and more.

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National

1.) For the first time since 2019, senior intelligence community officials appeared Wednesday before the U.S. Senate to offer an open assessment on threats facing America after a year of pandemic, upticks in domestic violent extremism and sweeping cybersecurity breaches.  

(Courthouse News photo/Jack Rodgers)

2.) Around 20% of Americans remain reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus even as more of their friends and neighbors are accepting the shot, a Monmouth University poll revealed Tuesday.

(Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

3.) The D.C. Circuit offered little hope Wednesday to travelers worried that airlines will see little actual punishment, or worse wind up benefitting, from the settlement of a massive antitrust suit.

(Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

4.) U.S. Representative Devin Nunes urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to reverse an Iowa district court’s dismissal of his libel lawsuit against Esquire magazine over what he calls a “hit job” by journalist Ryan Lizza.

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Regional

5.) Michigan is reeling from a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases driven by a potpourri of foreign variants that have infiltrated the state as the governor ponders new restrictions and pleads with the federal government for more vaccines, to no avail.

(Courthouse News photo/Andy Olesko)

6.) The former Minnesota police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, sparking more protests and law-enforcement crackdowns in the already tense Twin Cities metro, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors said Wednesday.

(Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via AP)

International

7.) While prosecutors told the International Criminal Court that Dominic Ongwen should be given 20 years in prison for atrocities he committed against Ugandans as a leader in the Lord’s Resistance Army, lawyers representing the victims have asked for the maximum sentence of life. 

(Image courtesy of ICC)

8.) Ireland’s popular no-frills airline Ryanair lost another challenge Wednesday against generous government aid packages meant to keep its competitors in business after the coronavirus pandemic.

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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