Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including smartphone maker ZTE agreeing to pay over $890 million to settle claims it illegally sold U.S. technology to Iran; Wikileaks publishes thousands of documents purportedly taken from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence; a federal judge refuses to block the Dakota Access pipeline over the religious objections of a Native American tribe; a state judge blocks Texas from using a warfarin-based poison on feral hogs, and more.

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1.) Smartphone Maker to Pay $890M for Iran Deals

Chinese telecommunications equipment giant ZTE Corporation agreed Tuesday to pay over $890 million to settle claims it illegally sold U.S. technology to Iran.

 2.) WikiLeaks Publishes Huge Trove of CIA Documents

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday purportedly taken from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to expose intimate details of the spy agency’s hacking activities.

 3.) Religious Injunction to Dakota Pipeline Denied

Oil is just weeks away from coursing through the Dakota Access pipeline after a federal judge refused Tuesday to halt the project over the religious objections of a Native American tribe.

 4.) EU Visa System a No-Go for Syrian Refugees

Rejecting the advice of its magistrate, the European Court of Justice on Tuesday ruled EU states aren’t required to issue humanitarian visas to potential asylum seekers but may do so if their national laws allow it.

 5.) Texas ‘Hog Apocalypse’ Poison Put on Hold

A state judge granted a meat company’s temporary restraining order suspending Texas Department of Agriculture emergency rules authorizing use of a warfarin-based poison on feral hogs.

 6.) Dems Blast Gorsuch’s Record on Employment

With confirmation hearings not far off for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democrats spoke out Tuesday against the 10th Circuit judge’s record on employment cases.

 7.)  Wyoming Can Again Manage Gray Wolves

Wyoming can once again take the lead in managing wolves, after an appeals court unanimously overturned a federal court ruling that reinstated Endangered Species Act protections in the Cowboy State.

 8.) Cops Cleared for Arresting Gun-Toting Educator

A federal judge cleared Bakersfield police officers who arrested a junior high school vice principal for having a loaded gun on campus, with a concealed carry permit.

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