Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump releasing a budget that funnels $54 billion to the military while gutting funds for the arts, humanities and foreign aid; the Ninth Circuit indicates the Defense Department may have to reconsider how it will operate a controversial new military base on Okinawa; an Arizona House panel approves a bill requiring doctors to perform life-saving measures on a fetus or embryo if it still has a heartbeat following an abortion, and more.

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1.) Billions for Border Wall, Military in Trump Budget

The budget blueprint President Donald Trump released Thursday morning would funnel $54 billion more toward the military in 2018, offset by deep cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and other domestic groups.

 2.) Court Signals Bend of U.S. Marine Base for Okinawa Dugong

The Ninth Circuit indicated Wednesday that the Defense Department may have to reconsider how it will operate a controversial new military base on Okinawa, to protect the endangered Okinawa dugong, a manatee-like marine mammal.

 3.) Abortion Survival Bill Heads to Arizona House

An Arizona House panel approved a bill Wednesday evening to require doctors to perform life-saving measures on a fetus or embryo if it still has a heartbeat following an abortion procedure.

 4.) San Diego County Cracks Down on Medical Pot

By a single vote Wednesday, San Diego County supervisors Wednesday banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas, rather than merely limiting them, as advised by the Planning Commission.

 5.) Inside-Trading Case Takes On Mythic Proportions

Opening the inside-trading trial of a legendary sports gambler, federal prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that Billy Walters is “a cheater trying to look like a genius.”

 6.) 11th Circuit Rules Title VII Does Not Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination

A divided 11th Circuit panel ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on their basis of their sexual orientation.

 7.) Oregon Cattlemen Fight Wild & Scenic River

Sixty-three miles of Oregon’s Rogue River cannot be designated a Wild and Scenic River because it’s been extensively modified by ranchers and miners, cattlemen claim in suing the Department of the Interior.

 8.) States Dig Heels In on Emissions Standards

Setting the stage for battle, President Donald Trump’s latest promise to roll back vehicle emission standards came just a day after 11 states challenged automakers in court.