Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including Donald Trump facing new accusations of sexual misconduct in L.A.; the defense returns fire at trial on politicized New Jersey traffic jam; the visible galaxy estimate jumps to 2 trillion, and more.
     
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     1.) Trump Facing Accusations of Sexual Misconduct in LA
     Embattled Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct following the claims of three other women who came forward earlier this week.
     
     2.) Defense Returns Fire at Trial on Politicized New Jersey Traffic Jam
     Two Republicans accused of engineering a New Jersey traffic jam for political vengeance moved Friday to dismiss all charges, pointing out holes in the case federal prosecutors spent the last four weeks laying out for the jury.
     
     3.) Judges Condemn Biased Impact of Ohio Voting Laws
     Seven judges blasted their Sixth Circuit colleagues for not granting an en banc rehearing on laws said to disenfranchise black and homeless voters in Ohio.
     
     4.) Greens Fight to Save Crab-Rich Bay in Texas
     Conservationists say a Texas bay known for its blue crab is at risk of habitat loss because a federal agency missed its deadline to update the Gulf of Mexico’s fishery management plan.
     
     5.) Visible Galaxy Estimate Jumps to 2 Trillion
     The previous estimate of 200 billion galaxies has turned out to be a conservative estimate: scientists now believe there are actually 10 times that figure – at least 2 trillion of them.
     
     6.) Railroad Giants Fight California’s Haz-Mat Tax
      Two of the nation’s biggest railroads on Thursday asked a federal judge to block a new California law, which taxes trains, but not trucks, that carry hazardous materials.
     
     7.) Calif. Ducks Challenge to Abortion Notice Law
     A California law requiring health care centers to provide women with information about the availability of free or low-cost family planning services does not violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion health clinics, the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday.
     
     8.) Bundy Will Have to Pay for His New Attorney
     Cliven Bundy will have a new attorney representing him against 16 felony charges stemming from his armed standoff with law enforcement in 2014, but he will have to pay for it.

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