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Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including reports that a federal investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is now focusing on a key White House official as a significant person of interest; a consortium of citrus growers claims in court the secretary of agriculture’s decision to remove the ban on lemon imports from Argentina was politically motivated and puts the nation’s produce at risk; researchers say climate change is turning the white, frozen tundra of Antarctica a bit greener, and more.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) In National news a federal investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is now focusing on a key White House official as a significant person of interest, The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves the Manhattan federal courthouse on May 19, 2017, after pleading guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

2.) Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty Friday to transferring obscene material to a minor. Though the federal charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence, his plea will likely reduce that term to no more than 27 months.

Former President Barack Obama and White House staff react to the House of Representatives passing the Affordable Care Act on March 21, 2010.

3.) California has joined 13 states and the District of Columbia to intervene in a Republican-led lawsuit seeking to strip the federal health care law of billions of dollars in subsidies that reduce health care costs for low-income people.

4.) Suing the United States, a consortium of citrus growers claims the secretary of agriculture’s recent decision to remove the ban on lemon imports from Argentina was politically motivated, ignores science and puts the nation’s produce at risk.

5.) In Regional news, five environmental groups claim in court that the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, with public trails on nearly 5,000 acres of some of the radioactively polluted land in the nation, at an old nuclear weapons plant, should not open until the secretary of the interior can certify it is safe.

6.) The Ninth Circuit rejected a claim that the federal government approved a giant expansion of solar project at the California-Nevada border without considering its impact on the Mojave Desert tortoise.

7.) The Arizona Department of Corrections unconstitutionally allows prison guards to read mail that inmates send to their attorneys, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

 8.) In Science news, researchers say climate change is turning the white, frozen tundra of Antarctica a bit greener.

 

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