Conyers Acknowledges Settlement, Says Harassment Claims Untrue

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, paid $27,000 to settle a 2015 complaint from a woman who said she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported Monday night.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Justice Department suing AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner; outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday resigned her position as a member of the central bank’s board of governors, effective upon the swearing in of her successor; the Empire State’s highest court ruled Monday that a New York City anti-discrimination law allows for punitive damages in cases involving gross negligence; Swedish scientists find dog owners have a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes; Europe’s highest court on Monday again ordered Poland to immediately stop logging operations in what’s left of an ancient forest that once covered the European plain, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit refused to overturn a judge’s order that the Trump administration turn over all the records they considered in ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; a panel of seven law professors at Georgetown University on Friday tried to unpack the details of America’s first major tax overhaul in more than 30 years; a San Diego judge advocating doing away with money bail statewide told the state Judicial Council California has lulled itself into a false sense of security regarding money bail; a new government study links air pollution and miscarriage, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including U.S. wildlife regulators removing an Obama-era restriction on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia; Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized to a Los Angeles radio anchor who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and taking a photo as she slept that showed him reaching for her breasts; Monsanto sued California in federal court, claiming its plan to list glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer — as a probable carcinogen is unconstitutional forced speech; Alabama’s largest newspaper group stood by its reporting Wednesday despite Senate candidate Roy Moore’s statement that he has “taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation,” and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a Senate committee giving its blessing to a controversial plan to expand oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; the ACLU complains to Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan that state agencies are systematically violating the National Voter Registration Act; the California High-Speed Rail Authority on awarded a hotly contested contract to a German engineering firm to help with the preoperative and early-operation phase of the fledgling bullet train network; scientists say a newly discovered nearby – in cosmic terms – exoplanet could support life, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered the House Judiciary Committee little insight Tuesday about a meeting with the Trump campaign adviser who was in contact with Russian officials and lied to the FBI about it; Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to drop out of the special-election race; new research suggests artificially cooling the planet by mimicking the effects of volcanic eruptions may do more harm than good in combating climate change, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit partly granting an emergency motion by the Trump administration and lifted a preliminary stay on most aspects of President Donald Trump’s ban; a new accuser of Alabama Republican Roy Moore coming forward to say the Senate candidate assaulted her when he gave her a ride home one night in the late 1970s and that she feared he would rape her; a divided Seventh Circuit panel dismissed a woman’s appeal of Chicago’s public-nudity ordinance that bars women from exposing their breasts in public; a new study finds that encountering cheap or ineffective products can influence how much a consumer is willing to pay for other items, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including new evidence leading to an update of when an ancient ice sheet that used to cover large portions of North America melted; the Senate Judiciary Committee approving five judicial nominees on Thursday, including two rated not qualified earlier this week; an attorney tells the Ninth Circuit public school boards should be allowed to open their meetings with an invocation just like other legislative bodies do; an adviser to Europe’s highest court offered recommendations Thursday for adjudicating claims employment-discrimination claims against a church-run charity, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including poll results showing Democrats turned out big across the East Coast on Tuesday for the general election, displacing Republican candidates in several local and state offices; the federal  judge overseeing the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates issued a gag order; the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the prosecution of an animal-rights activist who freed 2,000 minks and foxes from a fur factory as a terrorist; a new study finds that when it comes to restoring tropical forests across the world, Mother Nature’s process trumps human intervention, and more.

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Judge Issues Gag Order in Manafort, Gates Case

The federal  judge overseeing the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates issued a gag order Wednesday, saying remarks made outside the courthouse “pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

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Top CNS stories for today including Virginians going to the polls to elect a new governor n a contest largely seen as a referendum of the Trump presidency; a federal program that has paid over $1 billion to buy private land on U.S. Indian reservations and turn it over to Native American tribes is set to end on Nov. 27; the RAND Corporation says legalizing autonomous vehicles that drive only moderately better than humans could save thousands of lives each year; the European Union reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent and grew its economy by 53 percent in the last quarter century, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including investigators examining a “domestic situation” as a motive for the largest mass shooting in Texas history that left 26 people dead; the Seventh Circuit hearing arguments in Indiana’s appeal to lift a temporary injunction blocking a state law that forces women to wait at least 18 hours between having a mandatory ultrasound and an abortion; Virginia voters will be among the first in the nation to show their support or disdain for President Donald Trump when they head to the ballot box on Tuesday; the U.N.’s weather and climate agency says 2017 is set to become the hottest year on record aside from those impacted by the El Nino phenomenon, and more.

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American Charged with Subversion in Zimbabwe Goes to Court

An American woman charged with subversion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the president on Twitter as a “sick man” made her first court appearance on Saturday as her lawyers disputed the charges that carry up to 20 years in prison.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge proposing a May 7 trial date for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gate; a military judge dishonorably discharging Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl based for leaving his base in Afghanistan, but gave him no jail time; news organizations told a federal judge that there is no need for secrecy when deceased shooter Stephen Paddock is believed to have acted alone; Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief finds punchy, protein-loving bartenders and rodeo fanatics in Wyoming while sampling what the state has to offer beyond its majestic national parks, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the man accused of turning a Load ’N Go flatbed truck into a weapon of terror on a New York City appearing in court for the first time; the government reports the U.S. fishing industry caught a strong tide in 2016; California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of 34 new judges to state superior courts, selecting a balance of prosecutors and defenders, court commissioners and lawyers in private practice; a long-standing theory of the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes has been confirmed after scientists sequenced the genome of asparagus in an effort to find a better plant, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump took his national-security grievances to Twitter this morning, railing against bipartisan visa policies even as details continued to emerge about the suspect in Tuesday’s carnage in lower Manhattan; the president’s nominee for a seat on the Eighth Circuit defended himself before the Senate just days after the American Bar Association declared him not qualified to serve as a circuit judge; the internet maybe winning a battle of Nature vs. Netflix, as cellphone towers propagate in national parks and national forests; Louisiana groups say they are fed up with environmental destruction wreaked by the oil industry, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including eight people have died and at least 11 were injured in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said was a terrorist attack on innocent pedestrians and bicyclists on and around a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial; the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of a Notre Dame law professor to the Seventh Circuit; Spain’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended  the ousted Catalan parliament’s vote to declare independence as it continues to study the legal questions the declaration raised, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Richard Gates pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; meanwhile, it was also revealed a former foreign-policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign secretly pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; the 9th Circuit ruled a court order prohibiting the organizers of a Salt Lake City comic convention from discussing trademark litigation over the name “comic con” violated their First Amendment rights; a group of Alaska youth have sued the state and Gov. Bill Walker, asking a court to declare a pollution-free planet as a civil right, and more.

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