Top CNS stories for today including a new report laying the groundwork at the Hague for indictments on U.S. torture; Rep. Xavier Becerra is tapped to be the next California attorney general; scientists conclude that humans are having a devastating impact on grasslands species, and more.
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Charges could be imminent now that officials at The Hague have credited allegations that U.S. forces committed torture in Afghanistan and at CIA black sites. “Within a year or so, we could be seeing indictments,” one prominent human-rights attorney said.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday appointed Los Angeles Democrat and 12-term U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to state attorney general, replacing Kamala Harris who was elected to the Senate in November.
The American Civil Liberties Union says in a federal lawsuit that U.S. Customs and Border Protection turned the entire state of Michigan into a “border zone” where anyone can be detained and searched without a warrant.
Members of Congress voiced outrage Thursday while listening to a firefighter tell stories of sexual harassment she experienced at the hands of a supervisor and how the U.S. Forest Service treated her complaints.
California drought regulators introduced a long-term water conservation plan Wednesday that would tighten agricultural and urban water use restrictions to bolster the state’s dwindling water supply.
The Senate was nearly unanimous Thursday in approving a bill that will extend sanctions against Iran into the next decade.
The European Parliament on Thursday signed off on a EU-U.S. data-protection umbrella agreement to safeguard citizens’ personal information during law enforcement investigations.
Even moderate grassland usage by humans could limit crop production, pest control and other services provided by a variety of organisms – which are losing their natural habitats on an international scale.