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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court taking up President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on Muslim travel in the United States, a decision that allowed some of the ban to immediately go into effect; the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the Senate GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement would  lead to 22 million more uninsured in 2026;federal fisheries officials approved California’s decades-old delta tunnels project, a win for a monumental water plan that would re-plumb the largest estuary on the West Coast, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her possible role in thwarting the FBI from investigating Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign;a day after Senate Republicans unveiled their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, experts weighed-in on how it could affect real Americans;French movie director and writer Luc Besson denies that he has anything to do with a new digital media series that its creators are marketing as his idea, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including four Republican senators said Thursday they are not ready to vote for the new GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy just hours after it was unveiled; President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to finally admit that he has no tapes of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey; With the U.S. on the verge of an historic solar eclipse, NASA is offering safety tips skywatchers and making plans to live-stream the event, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including testimony on Capitol Hill suggesting that after learning it had been hacked,the Democratic National Committee rejected the government’s offer to help;the European Court of Justice opened the door Wednesday for a vaccine maker to be held liable after a man died in France from complications of multiple sclerosis;the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea completed the last leg of a historic three-year, round-the-world voyage, raising insights about the relevance of the past to the future of Polynesian culture and ocean conservation, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Senate Democrats escalating their protest against Republican secrecy over their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare Tuesday by shutting down committee hearings; the San Antonio Zoo will face an October trial on claims it violates the Endangered Species Act through its treatment of Lucky the Asian elephant;conservationists worry the Department of the Interior’s review will threaten the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s conservation efforts, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution; also on Monday, the High Court struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social popular websites; crystals from the inside of a volcano are helping researchers gain insight into magma reservoirs that lie below volcanoes, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump on Friday reversing an historic normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations and did so at a theater named for the leader of a disastrous plot to overthrow Fidel Castro; a Minnesota jury on Friday acquitted St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter for the fatal traffic-stop shooting of Philando Castile last summer;Oregon will be the first state to allow residents to mark a third, “not specified” gender option on state identification cards, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump assailing reports of an obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia a “phony story”; a Los Angeles private equity firm sold a manufacturing plant in the Mexican border city of Reynosa without revealing that cartel boss “El Chapo” Guzman controlled it; Australian researchers say they have developed a solar paint that absorbs water vapor and sunlight, generating clean hydrogen energy in a process that offers a potentially limitless source of power, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was among five people shot Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice;Texas Governor Greg Abbott called cities’ protection of trees “socialistic” and he announced a top priority for a special legislative session he’s called will be giving property owners the right to cut down trees whether their cities like it or not; Europe’s high court took a no-nonsense approach to vegan-food substitutes Wednesday, barring companies from using terms like “cheese” or “cream” on nonanimal products, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General Jeff Sessions testily denied on Tuesday that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the U.S. elections; Los Angeles police reported an increase in fatal officer-involved shootings linked to methamphetamine; Senate Republicans won over enough Democrats on Tuesday to kill a bid to block part of President Donald Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit on Monday becoming the second appeals court to uphold a stay of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, even as he presses the Supreme Court to reinstate it; Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set testify in public before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the events that led up to it; the Bill Cosby sexual-assault case is headed for the jury after Cosby confirmed that he would not take the stand, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump saying he is “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about his meetings with James Comey, claiming many things the former FBI director said during the extraordinary public session “just weren’t true”; Theresa May insists she will stay on as Britain’s prime minister after her gamble in calling an early election to solidify the power of her Conservative party backfired in spectacular fashion;A new study finds differences in modern whales’ sense of hearing trace back to habitat-based genetic variations among their extinct relatives, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including former FBI Director James Comey opening his much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday by saying the Trump administration defamed him and flat-out lied as it struggled to explain why President Donald Trump fired him; the officer who questioned Bill Cosby over a decade ago about assault claims for which he is now on trial read aloud Cosby’s answers about the night he had sex with a medically sedated Andrea Constand; a European Court of Justice adviser urged member states to help each other to process asylum applications, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including legal experts suggesting President Donald Trump’s penchant for tweeting is damaging his chances of seeing his controversial travel ban on immigrants from six predominately Muslim countries revived by the Supreme Court; California forged ahead in its fight against climate change Tuesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to share technological advances in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; a new study finds the dense collection of Jurassic dinosaur fossils at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry came to be there over a period of several years – rather than in a single death event as previously believed, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court upholding a ruling that struck down 28 state House and Senate districts in North Carolina because they violated the rights of black voters; San Antonio and Austin have joined a “summer of resistance” against Texas’ new law that bars sanctuary cities and punishes with jail and stiff fines law enforcement officials who refuse to comply with federal immigration holds; a dispute over dinosaur bones has landed in federal court, with a California man saying he was ripped off by a small company claiming to have found a largely intact skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration asking the Supreme Court to reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, arguing the Fourth Circuit’s recent ruling against the policy contained several mistakes; the Second Circuit finding customers have plausibly alleged Whole Foods gouges them at the register by routinely exaggerating the weight of prepackaged foods; Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ridiculed the U.S. focus on his ambassador’s contacts with members of the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, saying his envoy was only doing his job, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including resident Donald Trump announcing that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord; the Ninth Circuit signed off on California’s scheme of using gun-sale fees to pay for a system that keeps firearms out of the wrong hands; a new study reveals hundreds of craters on the Arctic Sea floor are actively leaking methane and have the potential to erupt and expel massive amounts of the potent greenhouse gas, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the White House revealing, through an anonymous staffer, that President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement; a federal judge refusing to vacate his judgment that the city of San Francisco had enacted an unconstitutionally burdensome ordinance requiring landlords to provide evicted tenants with massive lump-sum payouts; a reef at a popular Hawaiian tourist destination is in peril despite state protection, as the 2014 global coral bleaching event continues into a third year, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including White House communications director Michael Dubke resigning ahead of what many political observers believe will be a major staff overhaul in the west wing; the Supreme Court on Tuesday tightened rules on where corporations can be sued;an ambitious project of emerging agricultural technologies that produce food without soil is taking shape at Biosphere 2, the University of Arizona’s research complex, and more.

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