Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including FBI director James Comey confirming that there is an active investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election; the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch; managers at the Berkeley Pit in Montana are considering setting up lasers and cannons to prevent a mass landing — and the deaths — of thousands of waterfowl; a jury awards a San Francisco city attorney whistleblower $2 million, and more.

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1.) Comey Confirms Probe of Russian Meddling in Trump Election

FBI director James Comey confirmed Monday before members of Congress that an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is active.

 2.) Trump’s High Court Pick Begins Confirmation Process

As the Senate kicked off the confirmation hearings Monday for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the judiciary committee quickly solidified the lines of debate.

 3.) Plans for ‘Big Guns’ to Keep Geese Off Toxic Water

As the spring waterfowl migration begins, managers at the Berkeley Pit in Montana are considering setting up lasers and cannons to prevent another mass landing – and the subsequent deaths – of thousands of geese and other waterfowl.

 4.) SF City Attorney Whistleblower Wins $2M Verdict

In a whistleblower trial pitting a former San Francisco chief trial deputy against the city attorney’s office, a jury awarded the whistleblower $2 million Friday for emotional damages and lost earnings.

 5.) Heads of Bankrupt China Medical Indicted on Fraud

The two top officers of the bankrupt China Medical Technologies are on the run, federal prosecutors said Monday, charging the duo with a half-billion-dollar securities fraud.

 6.) Home in Contra Costa County, California

In his latest dispatch from the road, Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief brews – and talks – beer from his home in Contra Costa County, California.

 7.) Ninth Circuit Names New Court Executive

Head clerk for Idaho’s federal courts Libby Smith will take the helm later this spring as the Ninth Circuit’s top administrator, replacing recently retired longtime clerk Cathy Catterson.

 8.) Katy Perry Nearer to Closing $15M Convent Deal

A complicated legal battle that set Katy Perry against two nuns is a step closer to ending after a state court judge said this week that the LA archbishop could sell a convent to the pop star.

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