Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court reviving discrimination claims against a Michigan school that refused to let child with cerebral palsy attend with her service dog; New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral embraces renewable energy ahead of Pope’s U.S. visit; psychiatric experts sparring for hours over whether a suspected al-Qaida operative’s outburst suggest he’s too troubled to stand trial; researchers find that our electronic devices are taking a beating from space particles, and more.

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1.) School Loses High Court Battle on Service Dog

The Supreme Court revived discrimination claims Wednesday against a Michigan school that refused to let child with cerebral palsy attend with her service dog Wonder.

 2.) New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral Embraces Renewable Energy Ahead of Pope’s U.S. Visit

New York City’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday activated a massive geothermal plant installed beneath it, just one of a series of significant upgrades the historic edifice is undergoing ahead of a visit to Manhattan by Pope Francis later this year.

3.) Al-Qaida Suspect’s Psyche Probed at Hearing

Psychiatric experts sparred for hours Tuesday on whether outbursts by a suspected al-Qaida operative in court and behind bars reflect a mind too troubled to stand trial later this month.

4.) Antitrust Complaint on Gulf Coast Oil Pipelines

In a state antitrust complaint Tuesday, an energy company accused Magellan Pipeline of using its monopoly of oil distribution and storage on the Houston Gulf Coast to charge unfair and exorbitant fees.

5.) L.A. County Fights Repeal of Obamacare

Los Angeles County leaders said Tuesday they will resist the repeal and replacement of the federal health care law by passing a resolution to encourage Congress to repair the law rather than dismantle it.

6.) 9th Circ. Sides With Feds in Calif. Water Fight

The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the federal government had the authority to release additional water from the Lewiston Dam in 2013 to prevent a salmon die-off, despite historic drought conditions.

7.)  Journo Facing Subpoena in Refuge Takeover Trial

A federal judge on Tuesday allowed prosecutors to list a reporter as a potential witness in the second trial over the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, despite objections that the government waited to issue a subpoena until after the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is more likely to take such steps than his predecessor.

8.) Electronics Take a Shelling From Space Particles

Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space, while imperceptible to humans, can wreak low-grade havoc on smartphones and other electronic devices.

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