Nightly Brief

     
Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit rejecting claims from energy firms stemming from California’s electricity crisis seven years ago, the House clearing the way for the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Supreme Court upholding straight-ticket voting in Michigan, and more.
     
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     1.) Calif. Crisis Claims From Energy Firms Rebuffed in 9th Circuit
     Shell and others came a step closer Thursday to reimbursing Californians $200 million for overcharges during the 2000 electricity crisis, when the Ninth Circuit rejected their challenge.
     
     2.) House Clears Way for 9/11 Families to Sue Saudi Arabia
     Two days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in federal courts.
     
     3.) USDA Can’t Slide on Organic Food Rules
     A federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the Secretary of Agriculture illegally changed the process for reviewing substances used in organic farming.
     
     4.) Justices OK Straight-Party Voting in Michigan
     Michiganders will be able to vote entirely for one party with a single mark on the ballot in November after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Friday to allow a ban on straight-party voting.
     
     5.) Judge Orders Another Look at Lynx Habitat
     A federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit its critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx in Colorado and parts of Montana and Idaho.
     
     6.) Humpbacks Delisted, Greens Skeptical
     Thursday’s delisting of nine humpback whale populations is hailed as a success by the listing agency, but conservationists remain concerned.
     
     7.) Trump Lays Out Education Policy at Diverse Ohio School
     Visiting an Ohio charter school with a predominantly black student body, Donald Trump vowed Thursday to give families living in poverty more choice when it comes to education.
     
     8.) State Dep’t FOIA Hearing Takes Clinton Detour
     At a hearing meant to review State Department compliance with records requests, Republican congressmen had little explanation for fixating on Hillary Clinton to the exclusion of her predecessors.

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