Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including The White House denying involvement after news broke that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told staffers this morning that he is stepping down from his post; calling out U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for actions she called “unnecessarily cruel,” a federal judge ordered the immediate release of activist Ravi Ragbir; after a massive fire killed 13 in the Bronx last month, survivors and relatives of some of the victims set the stage in court Friday for what could be a $200 million lawsuit against New York City; a new study finds that California’s voter-backed reform that downgraded certain crimes to misdemeanors four years ago has helped shrink the disparity in the criminal-justice system between blacks and whites, and more.

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National

Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe pauses during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

1.) The White House denied involvement Monday after news broke that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told staffers this morning that he is stepping down from his post, effective immediately.

In this March 6, 2015, photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter an apartment complex looking for an undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony during an early morning operation. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

2.) Calling out U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for actions she called “unnecessarily cruel,” a federal judge ordered the immediate release Monday of activist Ravi Ragbir.

One of multiple properties located in the Esperanza sector that are currently for sale, in Vieques, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

3.) More than a century of energy colonialism by the United States has exacerbated the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s pummeling of Puerto Rico, a new study argues.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
4.) President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of Union address on Tuesday and use his appearance before a joint session of Congress to roll out a $1 trillion plan for nationwide infrastructure improvements and solicit support for proposed changes to the nation’s immigration system that has been roundly criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Regional

Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome, cloaked in snow. (Photo: William Dotinga)

5.)  A federal judge seemed likely to advance a lawsuit arising from an outbreak of the rodent-carried hantavirus at Yosemite National Park in 2012.

Firefighters battle a blaze at a building in the Bronx on Jan. 2, 2018. (FDNY)

6.) After a massive fire killed 13 in the Bronx last month, survivors and relatives of some of the victims set the stage in court Friday for what could be a $200 million lawsuit against New York City.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl 38 in Houston on Feb. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

7.) The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles joined forces ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, asking a Minnesota judge to grant local police the power to seize counterfeit merchandise and tickets.

Research & Polls

8.) California’s voter-backed reform that downgraded certain crimes to misdemeanors four years ago has helped shrink the disparity in the criminal-justice system between blacks and whites in San Francisco, according to a new study.

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