Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the White House filing an appeal in the federal court in Maryland in a bid to save its travel ban; the chief justice of California’s Supreme Court asking officials to stop pursuing undocumented immigrants at state courthouses; German authorities raid the Munich officers of the Jones Day law firm; scientists say China’s horrific smog may be getting worse due to climate change, and more.

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1.) White House Files Md. Appeal in Bid to Save Travel Ban

The Trump administration on Friday filed an appeal in federal court in Maryland in a bid to save the second version of the president’s travel ban.

 2.) No Raids in Courthouses, CA Chief Justice Warns ICE

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, the chief justice of California’s Supreme Court asked federal immigration officials to stop pursuing undocumented immigrants at state courthouses.

 3.) German Authorities Raid Jones Day Offices in Munich

German authorities raided the Munich offices of the Jones Day law firm on Thursday, suggesting authorities don’t believe the firm has handed over all documents relevant to the Volkswagen emission fraud scandal.

 4.) Greens Lose Fight Against Giant Oil Terminal

Environmentalists Thursday lost a fight against construction of a massive oil terminal on the Columbia River, when the Washington State Supreme Court sided with the Port of Vancouver in a 5-4 ruling.

 5.) Class Claims Texas College Turns Them Into Peons

A Texas chiropractic college turned its students into virtual slaves, forcing them to clean toilets, do laundry and paperwork for 20 hours a week and recruit patients to graduate, a student claims in a federal class action.

 6.) Policy Paper Seeks Info on California Oil Industry

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a study this week calling for more transparency in the oil industry, and nominating California as the leader in the fight for clean air.

 7.) N.Y. Times Presses DOJ for Trump Legal Reviews

The New York Times brought a federal lawsuit to force the Justice Department to hand over records about its legal reviews of President Donald Trump’s proposed executive orders and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s appointment as a White House adviser.

 8.) Climate Change Worsening China’s Winter Smog

China may be able to blame its severe air pollution problems – at least in part – on the wide-ranging effects of global climate change.

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