Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the European Union’s highest court tightening the screws of states’ data-retention laws; North Carolina’s most powerful state senator moves to break a logjam among his Republican colleagues over repealing the state’s controversial “Bathroom Bill.” After a day of arguing, however, the fate of the bill is still unknown; a juror’s research could negate a $2 million verdict in favor of a man subjected to an illegal strip search, and more.

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1.) EU High Court Tightens Screws on States’ Data-Retention Laws

Europe’s highest court on Wednesday continued to chip away at member states’ orders to retain citizens’ personal data, ruling that laws in Sweden and Britain requiring telecoms to retain subscriber data indiscriminately are unconstitutional.

2.) Los Angeles County Will Kick in $3 Million to Immigration Fund

Responding to president-elect Donald Trump’s promise to deport millions of immigrants, Los Angeles County leaders Tuesday agreed to contribute $3 million to a $10 million legal fund for undocumented immigrants who cannot afford a lawyer.

3.) Senator Moves to Break Logjam On ‘Bathroom Bill’

North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger filed a bill Wednesday that repeals the state’s controversial “Bathroom Bill,” but places a six-month moratorium on local ordinances regulating employment practices, public accommodations or access to restrooms. The move by the legislature’s most powerful Republican came after hours of infighting among GOP lawmakers, many of whom fought vociferously to uphold a state law seen as stripping the state’s LGBT community of discrimination protections.

4.) Ninth Circuit Sides With Growers Against California

Two Fresno-based farm companies have plausibly argued that a California workers’ compensation law denies them equal protection, because the Legislature may have targeted them in a law to court support from the United Farm Workers union, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

5.) Juror’s Research Could Negate $2M Verdict

One curious juror’s research has cast doubt on a $2 million verdict in favor of a man subjected to an illegal strip search by the Milwaukee Police Department.

6.)  Trump University Settlement Filed With Judge

Attorneys for President-elect Donald Trump and those representing the class of 7,000 former Trump University students who sued him nearly seven years ago have formally filed their $25 million settlement agreement in federal court.

7.) Plant Polymers May Hold Key to Wood Skyscrapers

Molecules that strengthen the cell walls of plants could by the key to dramatically reducing energy requirements in a variety of industries, and could enable the construction of wooden objects as large as skyscrapers.

8.) Guardians Fight the Army to Save Wild Horses

Horse-lovers have already saved 50 of them, but a Louisiana conservation group is suing the Army for its plan to remove hundreds more free-roaming horses — some of them descended from herds brought by Spanish conquistadores — from Fort Polk military base and Kisatchie National Forest.

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