Familes of victims commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Photo: Allan Tannenbaum-Pool / Getty Images

A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday dismissed a motion by Saudi Arabia to revoke lawsuits claiming the kingdom is behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and demanding billions in damages to victims, per Reuters. Judge George Daniels' decision reportedly covers claims made by the relatives of those killed or injured, as well as businesses and insurers.

The backdrop: The Saudi government had denied involvement, and it long had immunity from Sept. 11 legal challenges. However, that ended in 2016 when Congress overrode a veto by then-President Obama, allowing families of those killed in the attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the event. Obama at the time said he feared the law could flood the U.S. with lawsuits by people from other countries.

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, following Senate Democrats' claims that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency," a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday.

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.

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U.S. government bonds could breakout further after yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note ticked up to their highest since early June last week.

But, but, but: Strategists say this move is about an improving outlook for economic growth rather than just inflation.

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