Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Senate voting to proceed with debate on U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court; a Chicagoland pharma company claims Swiss drug giant Novartis sought corner the market on hepatitis C drug; California lawmakers advance bills to fund legal help for people fighting deportation and block law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials, and more.

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1.) Senate Votes to Proceed With Debate on Gorsuch

The Senate on Tuesday voted to proceed with debate on U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a bitter partisan fight later this week. Lawmakers voted 55-44 on a motion to proceed to debate, with four Democrats joining the entire Republican caucus.

2.) Novartis Tried to Patent Hep C Virus, Rival Tells Court

A Chicagoland pharmaceutical company claims in court that Swiss drug giant Novartis “has sought to patent the hepatitis C virus, itself,” so that anyone who tries to study or cure the disease must license the Novartis patents.

3.) California Senate OKs 2 Pro-Immigrant Bills

Rebuking President Donald Trump’s “false and cynical portrayal” of undocumented immigrants, California lawmakers on Monday advanced bills that would fund legal help for people fighting deportation and block law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials.

4.) Death-Penalty Stance Draws Out Florida Governor

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has removed a prominent state attorney from all death penalty cases after she vowed not to pursue capital punishment in the future.

5.) Class of Home-SharersCan Sue Santa Monica

A federal judge rejected a constitutional attack on a Santa Monica ordinance that bans most AirBnb-style short-term vacation rentals, but allowed frustrated homeowners to continue their class action against the city’ under California’s sweeping Coastal Act.

6.) Divide on Sanctuary Cities Roils Massachusetts

As sanctuary cities spread across Massachusetts, the threatened loss of federal funding has caused pressure to mount for lawmakers considering a bill that would take the movement statewide.

7.) Turkey Talks by Trump Cronies Draw Court’s Alarm

A federal judge vowed Tuesday to investigate whether two allies of President Donald Trump have a conflict of interest after they met with the leader of Turkey on behalf of a gold trader charged with laundering money for Iran.

8.) Android Apps ‘Collude’ to Expose Users’ Data

You might want to think twice before opening your Android smartphone’s flashlight app, unless being vulnerable to cyberattacks is your thing.

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