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Appointee for DOJ Environment Arm Draws Objections by Dems

By TIM RYAN

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s environmental arm, calling out his past statements skeptical of climate change science and his unwillingness to directly answer their questions on the issue.

Mid-Trial, ABC and Beef Producer Settle ‘Pink Slime’ Case

By CHRISTOPHER VONDRACEK

Wednesday morning in the basement of the Union County courthouse in small-town South Dakota, the presiding judge arrived at her bench and announced the two sides in a defamation case worth billions had reached a settlement after four weeks of trial.

White House Moves to Jettison Obama-Era Water Rules

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

The Trump administration is poised to revoke an Obama-era rule which gave the EPA broad powers to regulate pollution levels in waterways and natural wetlands throughout the United States.

Dad Ties Celebrity Jeweler to Grisly NYC Murder

By NICK RUMMELL

Seeking justice after his son’s “charred, stabbed and bludgeoned remains” were found in a shallow New Jersey grave, a grieving father wants punitive damages from the celebrity jeweler he says bankrolled the killer.

San Diego Leaders Lobby to Bring Back Deported Veterans

By BIANCA BRUNO

San Diego leaders joined deported veterans Tuesday to raise public awareness that hundreds of service members who were honorably discharged have been deported despite being promised citizenship for serving in the U.S. military.

Surrounding Nuclear Site, a Natural Treasure Under Fire

An ecological jewel rings the most toxic spot in the nation – which President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke may strip of its protection as a national monument.

RESEARCH

Study Finds No Tangible Limit to Human Longevity

By SEAN DUFFY

Living for 100 years or longer could become increasingly common, according to a new study that found no evidence of a limit to human age.

New Purple Rice Could Help Fight Cancer

By SEAN DUFFY

A newly developed genetic engineering approach is capable of generating antioxidant-rich purple rice that could help decrease the risk of certain cancers, diabetes and other chronic disorders.

Nightly Brief

Today’s top CNS stories, including:

  • The Department of Homeland Security Wednesday told airlines the world over that they must step up security measures for international flights or face the prospect of a total ban on electronics on planes.
  • An en banc Sixth Circuit ruled 8-6 Wednesday to overturn an injunction against Ohio’s lethal-injection protocol.
  • A newly developed genetic engineering approach is capable of generating antioxidant-rich purple rice that could help decrease the risk of certain cancers, diabetes and other chronic disorders.

US Steps Up Security on International Flights

By DAN MCCUE

The Department of Homeland Security Wednesday told airlines the world over that they must step up security measures for international flights or face the prospect of a total ban on electronics on planes.

Sixth Circuit Lifts Ban Against Ohio Executions

By KEVIN LESSMILLER

The en banc Sixth Circuit ruled 8-6 Wednesday to overturn an injunction against Ohio’s lethal-injection protocol, clearing the way for the state to move forward with scheduled executions.

11 Years Later, Cigarette Warnings Finalized

By TIM RYAN

As punishment for decades of conspiring to downplay the negative effects of smoking, a federal judge issued disclaimers Tuesday for cigarette companies to put on their advertisements and packaging.

Nursing Home Focus at Philly Corruption Trial

By LOWELL NEUMANN NICKEY

Testifying in the federal corruption trial of Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, an administrator from the nursing home where the prosecutor installed his mother told jurors Tuesday that Williams reacted unusually to news of her mounting bills.

Spy Tool's Renewal Sparks Fury in Senate

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

Stoking the Senate Judiciary Committee’s frustrations on Tuesday, intelligence experts had few answers to direct questions on reauthorizing a surveillance tool.

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