Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including ex-Trump University students sharing $21 million from the president-elect’s settlement of the fraud lawsuit; a Los Angeles County judge give preliminary approval $67.5 million in credits and refunds for L.A. Water & Power customers; the widow of a Pennsylvania man who died during the 2010 Philadelphia Triathlon cannot sue the event organizers for damages, and more.

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1.) Nestle Water Deal Fought at 9th Circ.

Environmental groups asked the Ninth Circuit to reverse a ruling that allows Nestle to continue pumping tens of millions of gallons of water from a stream during California’s historic drought, and sell it in bottles.

2.) Judge OKs $67.5 Million Deal for LA Water & Power

A Los Angeles County judge Friday preliminarily approved $67.5 million in credits and refunds for utilities customers who were overcharged in the botched rollout of a new billing system three years ago.

3.) Ex-Trump University Students to Share $21M From President-Elect

SAN DIEGO (CN) – President-elect Donald Trump will pay the bulk of a $25 million class action settlement – $21 million – to students who sued the businessman-turned-world leader nearly seven years ago in California, just days before the first San Diego case was set to go to trial.

4.) Taxpayers Call to End Aid of Israel Over ‘War Crimes’

U.S. taxpayers have brought a federal complaint to halt U.S. aid of Israel, saying the money is being used to fund war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

5.) Alaskans’ Oil Checks Cut in Half This Year

Alaska residents will not get the second half of their annual oil fund check this year, after a Superior Court judge denied a state senator’s legal challenge of Gov. Bill Walker’s use of the veto to cut the dividend.

6.) Ohio Residents Lose Fight Over Fracking Leases

Fracking can continue in 18 Ohio counties after the Sixth Circuit ruled that leases for oil and gas reserves do not violate the state’s deed to the land.

7.) Shield Debated for Suppliers of Lethal Injections

A lengthy legal battle over Ohio’s execution protocol continued Friday in the Sixth Circuit, as death-row inmates challenged a lower court’s protective order for providers of lethal injections.

8.) Widow of Man Who Died in Race Can’t Pursue Claims

The widow of a man who drowned during the 2010 Philadelphia Triathlon cannot advance her lawsuit against the event organizers because the liability waiver her husband signed shields them from her wrongful death claim, a divided en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled.