Protesters gather in Washington on Oct. 18. (AP's Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A three-judge federal appeals court ruled unanimously against the latest version of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, saying the policy "exceeds the scope of his delegated authority," per The New York Times.

Why it matters: This decision was procedural, the Times reports. And it will not have any immediate effect because the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order earlier this month allowing the administration to fully implement the policy for now. But, the high court had also urged appeals courts reviewing the case the make a ruling — a sign that it intended to take up the issue, according to the Times.

The current policy is the third iteration of the ban, and the nations included are Syria, Libya, Iran, Chad, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an attempt by conservatives to shorten North Carolina's deadline for mail-in ballots from nine to three days.

The big picture: This is the latest of a series of decisions over mail-in ballot deadlines in various states.

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on Louisiana coast as Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds," per the National Hurricane Center.

What's happening: The hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph and stronger gusts.

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