Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the San Diego City Council voting to keep a state of emergency in place for raw sewage from Mexico that has been polluting U.S. waters since February; Texas lawmakers considering a bill that would thwart completion of a long-planned statewide database that promises easy online access to court records from all of the state’s 254 counties; researchers find bumblebees have the ability to use other bees’ “smelly footprints” to avoid flowers that have already been mined of nutrients; attorneys for Cher battle a new breed of infringement action over the type font used on an album cover, and more.

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1.) Emergency Renewed for Border Sewage Spill

The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to keep a state of emergency in place for raw sewage from Mexico that has been polluting U.S. waters, particularly since a massive sewage spill in February.

 2.) Ninth Circuit Confirms Tribe’s Water Rights

The Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federally reserved right to groundwater under their reservation, despite state water districts’ claims against it.

 3.) Texas Clerks’ Bill Would Wreck Courts’ Online Public Access System

A long-planned statewide database making it easy to access court records online from all of Texas’ 254 counties could be thwarted by a bill working its way through the state House.

4.) Republicans Cheer FCC Shift on Net Neutrality

Hot off the heels of his recent meeting with President Donald Trump, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission assured members of Congress Wednesday that the shift on net neutrality will ultimately help consumers.

5.) Bumblebees’ ‘Smelly Feet’ Help Them Find Lunch

Bumblebees have the ability to use other bees’ “smelly footprints” to avoid flowers that have already been mined of nutrients.

 6.) White House Drops Appeal of Travel Ban Fight

The Justice Department withdrew its appeal on behalf of President Donald Trump’s travel ban Tuesday, on the heels new revisions to the controversial executive order

 7.)  Cher Balks at Typographer’s Album-Font Suit

Defending a 2013 Cher album against a new breed of infringement action, attorneys for the diva told a federal judge Monday that “typefaces are not subject to copyright protection.”

 8.) Senate Digs Into Russia’s Eastern Europe Meddling

Painting a harrowing picture of Russian hybrid warfare, Eastern European diplomats told members of a Senate committee Tuesday that a strong NATO and a continued U.S. military presence in the region are essential to combat Russian aggression.