Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including an indicted Christie crony testifies about F-bombs for the governor; Samsung fights smartphone cases at the Ninth Circuit; science may protect wine from climate change, and more.
     
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     1.) Indicted Christie Crony Testifies About F-Bombs for the Governor
     A New Jersey Republican charged with orchestrating traffic for political retribution kept a civil tongue Tuesday as he testified about occasions when he got his hands dirty for Gov. Chris Christie.
     
     2.) Samsung Fights Smartphone Cases at the Ninth Circuit
     The Ninth Circuit on Monday heard arguments in two class actions involving Samsung’s attempts to send class action claims over its Galaxy smartphones to arbitration, but did not indicate how it would rule in either case.
     
     3.) Tucson Claims Immunity in Arrest Over Man’s ID
     An attorney for the city of Tucson told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that police officers in Arizona have probable cause to arrest drivers for refusing to provide a driver’s license when asked, even if the driver is not pulled over while driving.
     
     4.) Law Firm Booted Off $230M Russian Mob Case
     Baker Hostetler cannot defend a company accused of a $230 million fraud scheme tied to the Russian mob, the Second Circuit ruled, noting that the white-show law firm already represented one of the scheme’s victims.
     
     5.) EPA Inactivity Threatens Bees, Nonprofit Claims
      The Center for Biological Diversity has appealed a federal court’s support of the EPA’s recent approval of a new DowAgro Sciences herbicide that threatens bees.
     
     6.) Science May Protect Wine From Climate Change
     Wine lovers rejoice: While there will be many casualties from global climate change, geneticists are making sure that quality wine isn’t one of them.
     
     7.) ‘Guantanamo Diary’ Author Free After 14 Years
     The detainee whose “Guantanamo Diary” presented a harrowing account of his treatment in more than a decade at the prison was sent home to his native Mauritania on Monday. “I just spoke with him and he is ecstatic,” Mohamedou Slahi’s attorney Theresa Duncan said Monday night.
     
     8.) Doctors Can’t Sue FDA Over Drug’s Approval
     The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that a doctors’ nonprofit does not have standing to sue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the agency’s failure to revoke approval for the drug roflumilast.

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