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Top CNS stories for today including an attorney who found himself in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas berates his colleagues for rejecting a challenge by gun owners to California’s 10-day “cooling-off” period; a federal judge ordering federal regulators to re-evaluate the environmental impacts of a popular California water program that allows farmers to sell water to parched southern cities and water districts during droughts; the Sierra Club and local environmental groups claim the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of drastically lower standards for dissolved oxygen in 31 Louisiana rivers will allow for more sewage to be dumped in the water, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicting 13 Russian individuals and three organizations with illegally plotting to sow political discord and sway the election for then-candidate Donald Trump; the FBI acknowledges that it failed to act on a tip in January that accused Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz owned a firearm and might conduct a school shooting; the National Collegiate Athletic Association fought a $40 million attorney fee award at the Ninth Circuit; a new study finds that Earthlings would reach pretty positively to news of alien life, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate striking down four competing immigration proposals, ending a long-awaited immigration debate without passing a bill; the Fourth Circuit ruling President Trump’s latest travel ban targeting individuals from six Muslin-majority countries unconstitutionally discriminates against practitioners of the Islamic faith; the Fifth Circuit affirming that Texas’ biggest county unconstitutionally imposes cash bail on poor misdemeanor defendants; a new study finds household cleaners, paints, perfumes and other chemical products that feature compounds refined from petroleum now contribute about as much to urban air pollution as vehicle emissions, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Chicago’s court clerk failing to comply with an injunction that forbids her from withholding press access to electronically filed court pleadings; former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates appears in court Wednesday with the three attorneys who want off his high-profile case; a developer who whitewashed iconic graffiti work at the warehouse buildings known as 5Pointz in Queens must pay the artists nearly $7 million in damages; a new study finds rapid growth in shale gas development through fracking has hindered the reproductive success of songbirds, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including three of the nation’s top intelligence officials telling senators they’ve already seen Russian activity aimed at meddling in the upcoming midterm elections; a federal judge rules the Justice Department likely flouted the law in abruptly rescinding an Obama-era program that afforded qualifying young immigrants with certain protections; the Ninth Circuit upholds Endangered Species Act protections for ringed seals, reversing a 2016 ruling that rejected the listing; Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf says he is rejecting a new proposed map for the state’s congressional districts; new research offers an explanation for the discrepancy between the size and age of the hole at the center of a rose-shaped interstellar cloud and its central stars, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump nominating nine new federal judges, including four to seats on federal appeals courts across the country; the infrastructure plan unveiled by President Trump facing a dubious reception from economists; a federal judge ruling that Houston arbitrarily refused to let a strip club join a settlement authorizing topless lap dances; researchers in the United Kingdom discovering how climate change alters the way key culinary plant species; a new study finds that sea-level rise is increasing rapidly, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge saying a crude oil pipeline under construction through North America’s largest swamp already has caused irreparable harm; in a surprise move on what the fifth day of a trial over trade secrets and autonomous vehicles, Waymo announces it had reached a settlement with Uber; a federal judge sides with Grubhub’s position that its former delivery driver was an independent contractor; California lawmakers and environmentalists come together in resistance to the Trump administration’s plan to sell new offshore oil leases, off California’s coastline; one of the world’s largest lava domes has been discovered in the Kikai Caldera south of Japan’s main island, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving four of president Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including a Louisiana federal judge up for a spot on the Fifth Circuit; the California Coastal Commission vowing to fight the Trump administration’s offshore drilling program; voters in North Carolina filing an emergency motion asking a state court to order that election districts crafted by a court-appointed special master be put into effect in time for upcoming state elections; a federal judge extended a dispute over cattle grazing in Central California, allowing clean-water and forest-mismanagement claims to stand against federal regulators, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Senate leadership announcing a two-year bipartisan budget agreement; candidates jostling to replace Governor Jerry Brown detailed their fixes for the nation’s most populous state; families who have lived in the mountains around Roanoke, Virginia for generations are fighting the development of a new pipeline in the area to ensure they are treated fairly during the eminent domain process; ousted Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick tells a court he discussed buying a nonexistent company from Waymo’s lead self-driving engineer to speed his company’s development of the cars; a new study finds plaintiffs in federal sex-discrimination employment lawsuits are more likely to win financial settlements and pretrial rulings if women judges are presiding over their cases, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Senate leadership announcing they are close to reaching a long-term bipartisan budget agreement; New York and nearly a dozen other states sued the Trump administration Tuesday for suspending a 2015 rule that was billed as a long-overdue update intended to improve protections under the Clean Water Act; two separate rulings released by the Ohio Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to the state’s abortion providers; a new satellite-based early warning system could provide accurate information on the size and epicenter of an earthquake moments after it initially occurs, which similar tools often cannot capture, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Chicago’s court clerk appealing a federal district court opinion that ordered contemporaneous access to new electronic filings under the First Amendment. The clerk’s action pushes the issue up to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; immigration reform set to be introduced Monday by Senators John McCain and Chris Coons drew a swift rebuke from the president for its omission of funding for a wall on the southern border; Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito refused to take up a Pennsylvania redistricting fight, dealing a blow to lawmakers who are on deadline to redraw a congressional map gerrymandered for the GOP; a new study finds that San Diego’s growing immigrant population accounted for a quarter of all contributions to the local economy and paid billions in taxes, and more.

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