Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including California pushing for a major reform of the state’s bail system; geologists say the first Brexit, the event that originally separated what are now the British Isles from the mainland, occurred roughly 450,000 years ago; the Seventh Circuit rules employers can’t fire workers for being gay; a federal judge blocks Seattle from letting Uber drivers unionize, and more.

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1.) Calif. Pushes Major Reform of Bail System

When Melodie Henderson was arrested 10 years ago, she had no idea it would be the beginning of a decade-long ordeal that would devastate her family financially and ruin her credit — until she was hit with a $50,000 bond.

2.) Long Before Brexit, Geological Events Broke Britain’s Tie to Europe

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union this past summer wasn’t the first time the British Isles have separated from the continent: 450,000 years ago, the land bridge that joined them was obliterated by chance geological events that severed their physical connection forever.

3.) Court Rules Employers Can’t Fire Workers for Being Gay

In a major victory for LGBTQ rights, the Seventh Circuit ruled late Tuesday that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination and therefore forbidden by Title VII.

4.) Judge Blocks Seattle From Letting Uber Drivers Organize

Stopping Seattle from implementing a law that would let Uber and Lyft drivers unionize, a federal judge granted the Chamber of Commerce a temporary injunction Tuesday against it.

5.) Court Rules Employers Can’t Fire Workers for Being Gay

In a major victory for LGBTQ rights, the Seventh Circuit ruled late Tuesday that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination and therefore forbidden by Title VII.

6.) Judge Sends 5Pointz Graffiti Artists to Trial

A federal judge paved the road to trial for graffiti artists whose work at New York City’s 5Pointz was razed to make room for high-rise condominiums.

7.) Judge Orders Trump Allies to Crack Open Files

Ordering the former mayor to produce his retainer agreements, a federal judge said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani’s political jockeying on behalf of an indicted Turkish tycoon is “unquestionably this court’s business.”

8.) San Diego Considering Tourist-Tax Hike

Undeterred by last year’s failed sales-tax ballot measure to build the now-Los Angeles Chargers a new stadium, San Diego’s mayor called for a special election to raise the city’s tourism tax to expand the convention center, fix San Diego’s crumbling roads and solve a growing homelessness problem.

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