Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including California state Democrats  moving to preempt President Donald Trump’s expected policy shifts on the environment with their own legislation and accused him of holding “backwards” climate views; the judge presiding over Bill Cosby’s indecent sexual assault trial agreed Friday to let one of the comedian’s other accusers testify as to “prior bad acts”; the race for DNC chair narrows ahead of Saturday’s vote; a federal judge rules Fort Collins, Colorado, cannot ban women from exposing their breasts in public, and more.

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1.) California Moves to Thwart Trump’s Enviro Plans

Bracing for the possibility of widespread deregulation of environmental laws, California state Democrats on Thursday moved to preempt President Donald Trump’s expected policy shifts with their own legislation and accused him of holding “backwards” climate views.

2.) Cosby Will Face Multiple Accusers at Assault Trial

The judge presiding over Bill Cosby’s indecent sexual assault trial agreed Friday to let one of the comedian’s other accusers testify as to “prior bad acts.”

 3.) Right-Wing Page Is ‘Fake News,’ Ms. World Says

Ms. World 2016 says she has no political leanings, but a Facebook page uses her as the face of a “fake news” conservative website, Laura Hunter claims in court.

 4.) Race for DNC Chair Narrows Ahead of Vote

South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison exited the race for Democratic National Committee chairman Thursday, and threw his support behind Tom Perez, solidifying the former labor Secretary’s place as the front-runner in what is now a seven-way contest.

 5.) Greek Brewery Slaps Heineken With Lawsuit

Macedonian Thrace Brewery sued Heineken and its Greek subsidiary on Friday, accusing the Dutch brewer of bullying shops and bar owners in Greece into stocking its beer at the expense of competitors to preserve its dominant market position.

6.) Girl’s Case Against Soccer League Revived

Finding U.S. Youth Soccer Association has an obvious duty to protect players from sexual predators, a California state appeals court on Thursday reversed a trial judge’s dismissal of an abused girl’s action against the organization.

7.)  Federal Judge Frees Nipples in Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado, cannot ban women from exposing their breasts in public, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

8.) Judge Backs Blind FEC Eye on Campaign-Finance Violations

The Federal Election Commission has the discretion to give a pass even in the face of “obvious” campaign-finance law violations, a federal judge ruled.

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