Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including explosive Bridgegate testimony on Christie list of ‘hands-off’ mayors; Judicial Watch denied whitewater drafts; Water savings plummet as California drought hits year six, and more.
     
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     1.) Explosive Bridgegate Testimony on Christie List of ‘Hands-Off’ Mayors
     Building the case that Gov. Chris Christie’s vengeful office orchestrated four days of New Jersey gridlock in 2013, a witness testified Wednesday about blackballing one official who used a slur about the obese governor.
     
     2.) Judicial Watch Denied Whitewater Drafts
     A federal judge Tuesday denied Judicial Watch’s attempt to pry loose drafts of a proposed criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton that federal prosecutors never issued during the 1990s Whitewater investigation
     
     3.) Hot-Car Death Witnesses Say Dad Was ‘Acting’
     On Day 3 of a highly anticipated trial, prosecutors showed pictures and videos from the crime scene as Justin Ross Harris, the father of a boy who died in a hot car, covered his face and looked away.
     
     4.) Judge Reinforces San Francisco Park Pissoir
     An open-air urinal in a popular San Francisco park has withstood a legal challenge from a Christian group that called it offensive, indecent and unconstitutional.
     
     5.) Water Savings Plummet as CA Drought Hits Year 6
     August’s steep and sudden drop in water conservation after more than a year of impressive savings has California drought regulators questioning whether cities are ignoring conservation rules that have just been relaxed.
     
     6.) Anti-Abortionists’ Name Hunt Drags on in Seattle
      A federal judge Tuesday gave eight University of Washington birth-defect researchers 14 days to amend their lawsuit seeking to protect their identities from an anti-abortion crusader.
          
     7.) Dog Lineup Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test
     A Texas woman’s claims that a deputy sheriff’s personal “dog scent line-up” led to her wrongful conviction for murder cannot be thrown out on summary judgment, a federal judge ruled.
           
     8.) Bundy Calls Refuge Takeover His Civic Duty
     A theme developed during day two of Ammon Bundy’s testimony: He didn’t dispute the facts of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, but asked the jury to see that his love of justice compelled him to launch the occupation that left dozens in jail and one man dead.

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