Top CNS stories for today including 190,000 evacuated as California’s Lake Oroville dam spills over; documents provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch reveal a speedy selection process as Donald Trump prepared to take the reins of government; a federal judge refused on Monday to issue a restraining order to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline; Greece reclaims a looted sarcophagus believed to be more than 1,800 years old, and more.
Sign up for CNS Nightly Brief, a roundup of the day’s top stories delivered directly to your email Monday through Friday.
A federal judge refused to issue a restraining order Monday now that Dakota Access has the last permit it needs to finish building much-protested oil pipeline.
Nearly 190,000 Californians were evacuated this weekend from areas below the nation’s tallest dam at Lake Oroville, as erosion threatened the dam’s main spillway and a backup, emergency spillway was opened for the first time in the dam’s history.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch revealed the details of his selection process in a 68-page questionnaire submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the weekend. He says he didn’t speak with then-President-elect Donald Trump until Jan. 14, and only learned he was the nominee on Jan. 30, the day before his selection was announced.
The Seventh Circuit issued Bank of America a stinging rebuke, finding it should not recover $893,000 from three convicted fraudsters because its own reckless mortgage lending showed deliberate indifference to the risk of losing the money.
Over-pumping of groundwater during California’s six-year drought has caused land in the Central Valley to sink, threatening vital canals that provide water to nearly two-thirds of the state’s 39 million residents.
An ancient sarcophagus looted west of Thessaloniki almost three decades ago can “echo a sigh of relief across the oceans of time” upon its return to Athens, a Greek diplomat said at a repatriation ceremony in New York on Friday.
Death-row inmates in Pennsylvania should not be kept in solitary confinement while awaiting resentencing after their death sentences have been vacated, the Third Circuit ruled.
An animal-rights group lost their court battle to block the U.S. government from removing hundreds of wild horses from Utah’s Cedar Mountains.