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Top CNS stories for today including California tightening regulations on methane emissions; the Supreme Court struggles to divine the meaning of the omission of two words in a revised law that says religious groups need not face federal employee benefit regulations; Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveils measures that would “claw back” Justice Department funds from so-called sanctuary cities; researchers have proposed a new “carbon law” that would enable the international community to nearly eliminate fossil-fuel emissions by 2050, and more.

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1.) California Tightens Regulations on Methane Emissions

More than a year after a Los Angeles-area gas well spewed methane unchecked for over 100 days, California regulators on Thursday approved new regulations aimed at updating the state’s oil and gas industry’s facilities and greenhouse gas emissions.

 2.) E-tailer Fights Threat of ‘Drive-By’ Disabilities Lawsuit

Drive-by lawsuits using disabled “testers” are trolling online businesses by taking advantage of federal regulations on accessibility to the internet, a Nebraska meat distributor claims in a lawsuit against advocates for the disabled.

 3.) Religious Exemption Confounds at High Court

The justices of the Supreme Court struggled to divine meaning Monday from the omission of two words in a revised law that says religious groups need not face federal employee benefit regulations.

 4.) Attorney General Says Sanctuary Cities Must End

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday new measures that would “claw back” Justice Department funds from so-called sanctuary cities that take a more lenient approach to enforcing federal immigration laws.

 5.) NYC Contractor at Heart of Fraud to Face High Court

The Supreme Court took up a class action Monday brought by retirement and pension funds that lost money in what has been called “the single largest fraud ever perpetrated on the city of New York.”

 6.) Democrats Force Delay of Senate Vote on Gorsuch

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday forced the delay of a vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, with his nomination now not slated to go to the full Senate until next week.

 7.) 7th Circ. Slams Home Depot in Worker Murder Case

Home Depot could be liable for a manager’s murder, then rape, of a pregnant employee after the retailer failed to take action on multiple sexual harassment complaints against him, the Seventh Circuit ruled.

 8.) ‘Carbon Law’ Could End Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ahead of this year’s Earth Hour, researchers have proposed a new “carbon law” that would enable the international community to nearly eliminate fossil-fuel emissions by 2050.

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