Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. charging Russian officials and a pair of hackers in the massive 2014 Yahoo data breach; a retired Navy admiral charged in connection with a widening bribery scandal; researchers find that antibiotics are causing bees more harm than good; California’s shellfish industry loses fight over “No-Otter” zone, and more.

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1.) U.S. Charges Russian Officials, Hackers in 2014 Yahoo Data Breach

The United States on Wednesday charged four defendants, including two Russian security services officers, in connection with a massive data breach at Yahoo two years ago.

 2.) Navy Admiral Charged in Widening Bribery Scandal

A retired U.S. Navy admiral was indicted Tuesday along with eight naval officers in a massive contract-bribe scandal involving lavish food and travel, sex parties, military secrets and millions of taxpayer dollars.

 3.) Antibiotics Causing Bees More Harm Than Good

Honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment as a group of untreated bees – a concerning trend that may affect humans as well.

 4.) New Trump Travel Ban Assailed at MD Hearing

After two hours of arguments Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s revised executive order targeting Muslim immigrants, a federal judge said he will decide soon whether to enjoin the so-called travel ban.

 5.) Judge Orders EPA to Speed Up Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency must review and promulgate rules on 20 sources of toxic emissions within the next three years, a federal judge ruled.

 6.) House Committee Told Fishing Regs Go Too Far

Allegations of bad science and lobbying by overzealous environmentalists dominated talks on marine sanctuary and monument designations during a Congressional hearing Wednesday.

 7.) Fishing Industries Lose Fight for ‘No-Otter’ Zone

The federal government properly decided to terminate a “no-otter zone” along the southern California coast, a federal judge ruled, tossing out a challenge by California’s shellfish industry.

 8.) Sex-Toy Maker Pays Millions to Settle Spying Case

The maker of We-Vibe, a high-tech vibrator that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app, will pay $3.75 million to settle accusations that it was secretly tracking users’ activities.

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