Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including a New Jersey judge refusing to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Gov. Chris Christie’s role in a politically-orchestrated traffic jam; a community pauses to remember the victims of the San Bernardino terror attack; a South Carolina jury deadlocks in the trial of a white police officer who shot and killed a black motorist; doctors urge more study of “drink plenty of fluids” advice, and more.

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1.) No Special Prosecutor to Probe Christie’s Role in Bridgegate

A New Jersey judge refused Friday to appoint a special prosecutor for an investigation of Gov. Chris Christie’s role in a politically orchestrated traffic jam that has already snared three convictions. The ruling does not let Christie off the hook; it merely denies that state and county prosecutors face a conflict of interest to bring charges themselves.

2.) San Bernardino Terror Attack Victims Remembered

Several memorials will be held Friday to remember the victims of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik’s terror attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015.

3.) Jury Deadlocked in S.C. Police Shooting Trial

Jurors considering the fate of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murdering a fleeing black motorist in 2015 on Friday told the judge presiding over the trial that they are unable to reach a verdict.

4.) Senate Probes Failures of Renewable Fuel Standard

Government officials testified before the Senate on Thursday that sluggish development of ethanol and other biofuels has hampered attainment of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

5.) Reporter Ordered to Testify at Baca Obstruction Trial

A federal judge Thursday tentatively ordered a reporter to testify in the obstruction and conspiracy trial of former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, saying the public’s interest in the case trumps constitutional protections for reporters.

6.)  Tribe Blames Feds for Great Salmon Die-Off

The federal government was hit with a second lawsuit this week claiming its bungled management of waterways allowed a deadly parasite to infect 91 percent of endangered juvenile coho salmon on the California-Oregon border.

7.) Feds Back Off Pollution Rule for Texas Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw a mandate that Texas coal-fired power plants reduce their pollution, but also found five counties have dangerous levels of toxic gas linked to coal plants.

8.) Doctors Urge More Study of ‘Drink Plenty of Fluids’ Advice

A woman trying to cure her recurring urinary tract infection by following the time-honored adage of drinking plenty of fluids instead landed in the emergency room with a condition that’s sometimes fatal.

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