Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including a search warrant made public Tuesday and blamed for tipping the election against Hillary Clinton contains little indication why the FBI or a federal magistrate reopened a review of her emails; a North Carolina appeals court holds that outgoing GOP Gov. Pat McCrory can’t duck a records suit filed by new organizations; two former officials convicted of causing a massive traffic tie-up to benefit N.J. Gov. Chris Christie seek a new trial, and more.

 

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1.) Warrant Sheds Sunlight on FBI Election Antics

Newly made public Tuesday afternoon, a search warrant that tipped the election against Hillary Clinton contains little indication why the FBI or a federal magistrate found probable cause to review her emails.

2.) North Carolina Governor Can’t Duck Records Suit

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is not immune from a lawsuit filed by several news organizations accusing his administration of dragging its feet or providing incomplete and erroneous responses to their public records requests, the state’s appeals court ruled Tuesday.

3.) Newshounds on Scent of Agent Orange Doctor

A man once dubbed “Dr. Orange” for his Vietnam War-era scientific research into the herbicide Agent Orange is the focus of a federal complaint seeking records from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

4.) Four More Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette brought more criminal charges Tuesday against state and local officials involved in the Flint water crisis that has left the city water system poisoned with lead for the past two and a half years.

5.) Christie Cronies Fight ‘Bridgegate’ Convictions

Pushing for a mistrial, the two former public officials convicted of causing traffic for the benefit of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say prosecutors fumbled the case.

6.)  $125 Million Disk Drive Antitrust Settlement OK’d

Four electronics giants will pay $124.5 million in an antitrust class action to indirect purchasers of optical disk drives, in a settlement approved Monday by a federal judge.

7.) Ex-LA Sheriff’s Fate Now in Jury’s Hands

Prosecutors in former LA County sheriff Lee Baca’s obstruction trial said Monday it’s clear the retired sheriff intended to obstruct an FBI investigation into abuses in the jail and said jurors should reject the claim his second-in-command headed the conspiracy.

8.) Polluted New Jersey Town Sues DuPont for $1 Billion

A small town in New Jersey has sued DuPont for $1.1 billion, claiming it dumped more than 100 million lbs. of toxic waste into soil and water near the Delaware River, “a disaster worse than Exxon Valdez” that will take more than 1,000 years to clean up.