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Top eight stories for today including Russia hammered Ukrainian cities as its troops made slow advances; The Senate voted to confirm two judges to the federal bench in California; The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the latest version of a legislative district map, and more.

National

House passes bill revoking normal trade relations with Russia, Belarus

The House passed legislation Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia, the latest move by Washington to suffocate the Russian economy over the invasion of Ukraine.

This is a display of Alimov Vodka, from Russia, in a Total Wine and More store in University Park, Fla., on Feb. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Senate confirms two federal judges to California courts

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Jacqueline Scott Corley and Fred Slaughter to the federal bench in California, the latest of Biden's historic slate of federal judicial nominees to land seats on U.S. district courts.

Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 1, 2021.

Fifth Circuit: Biden administration can quantify costs of harmful emissions

The Biden administration can factor the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions into environmental regulations and oil and gas leases, the Fifth Circuit ruled late Wednesday, staying an injunction that blocked it from using the metric.

Emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo., in February 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Regional

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps for third time

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the latest version of a legislative district map approved by the Republican-led Ohio Redistricting Committee, sending it back to the drawing board for a third time.

The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus, home of the Ohio Supreme Court. (Sixflashphoto/Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

Victims’ rights law challenged at Kentucky Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday weighed the fate of a victims’ rights law that opponents say must be struck down because it was not properly put before voters.

The Kentucky Supreme Court chambers. (David Mark/Pixabay via Courthouse News)

International

Russian forces advance, survivors pulled from bombed theater

Russian troops appeared to be closing in on the capture of the key southern port city of Mariupol on Thursday and pounded Ukrainian positions in other parts of the country

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a blaze at a warehouse after a bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, March 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Britain considers lifting fracking ban amid soaring gas prices

The United Kingdom government is in discussions this week over an unlikely last-minute revival of the country’s troubled shale gas industry.

In this April 21, 2021, file photo the sun sets beyond a pumpjack near Goldsmith, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP, File)

EU inflation hits record 6.2% during first month of Russia-Ukraine war 

During the first month of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, inflation across the European Union hit a record high 6.2%, largely driven by rising costs of energy, the EU's statistics agency Eurostat reported Thursday.

A man walks past the Euro sculpture outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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