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Today’s top eight stories, including top-secret documents among documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence; a New York judge rules on a tax case against the Trump Organization and the former CFO can stand trial; Wall Street gains accelerate as inflation begins to decline, and more.

National

Top secret documents among files seized from Trump

The FBI recovered top-secret documents from former President Donald Trump’s residence during his raid on his South Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, according to court records that were unsealed by a federal judge on Friday. .

Police direct traffic past an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

New York judge rules on tax case against Trump Organization and former CFO can stand trial

Concluding an abnormal August week for former President Donald Trump that began with FBI agents searching his Florida home, a New York judge ruled on Friday that Trump’s company and its longtime chief financial officer will be stood trial in the fall on tax evasion charges stemming from a long-running criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings.

A woman holds a sign outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse on Friday, August 12 as Donald Trump’s company and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg prepare to stand trial in the fall on tax evasion charges stemming from a lengthy criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings. . (Josh Russell/Courthouse News)

Wall Street gains accelerate as inflation begins to decline

While inflation seems to have taken a turn, Wall Street hopes to improve its summer gains and recoup the spring losses.

The New York Stock Exchange on June 29, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File)

Federal judge set to green light advertisers’ antitrust action against Meta

A federal judge said Thursday he would move forward with advertisers’ $67.8 billion antitrust class action lawsuit against Facebook despite doubts the social media giant was blocking competitors from entering the social advertising market.

A Meta sign at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Regional

Florida farmer convicted of bank fraud asks 11th Circuit to overturn 15-year sentence

An attorney for a Florida farmer convicted of multiple bank and wire fraud charges on Friday asked an 11th Circuit panel to overturn his 15-year federal prison sentence.

The exterior of the United States Courthouse for the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mike Stewart/AP)

Convicted murderer Scott Petersen is fighting for a new trial, citing juror misconduct

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson – who made national headlines in the early 2000s when he was convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son in central California – spent five hours at the court on Thursday as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued whether he should be retried due to jury selection errors and juror misconduct.

FILE – In this April 21, 2003 file photo, Sarah Kellison stands in front of a memorial honoring Laci Peterson outside the home Laci shared with her husband Scott Peterson in Modesto, California. The California Supreme Court overturned the 2005 death sentence for Peterson in the murder of his pregnant wife. He upheld his conviction in 2004 for the murder of Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant with their unborn son. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

Judge revives 2016 freeze on federal coal leases

A federal judge in Montana on Friday put the kabosh on federal coal leases nearly five years after the halted program was reinstated by the Trump administration.

A Signal Peak coal mine in Roundup, Montana. (Courtesy of Signal Peak Energy)

International

Fears of nuclear disaster hang over Europe as war in Ukraine continues

Fears of a nuclear catastrophe hang over Europe as fighting and shelling in southern Ukraine on Friday continued to put Europe’s largest nuclear power plant at risk.

A rocket fragment is seen near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in territory under Russian military control in southeastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (Russian Defense Ministry News Service via AP)

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