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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate passing a $4 trillion budget framework, a key step in the Republican plan to pass a tax package by the end of the year; a federal judge denied a request by the Trump administration to pause proceedings in multiple lawsuits challenging the decision to end a program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation; a new study finds that despite wiping out nearly half of all life on Earth, one of the most devastating mass extinctions did not fundamentally alter marine ecosystems, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including nineteen attorneys general asking a federal judge for a nationwide emergency restraining order to stop President Trump from ending subsidies that reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans; hundreds of protesters converged on the University of Florida campus ahead of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer; fire-ravaged California communities got much needed good news with Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order suspending some regulations to spur rebuilding efforts; the exiled former president of Ukraine lost his challenge Thursday to an asset freeze imposed by the EU government, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including several families of U.S. troops killed or wounded in Iraq suing some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies claiming their alleged bribes to officials lengthened the conflict there; an attorney told a federal judge that the government’s objection to the judicial branch’s authority to probe President Donald Trump puts the commander in chief above the law; California’s $17 billion water project reached a tipping point Tuesday after a Silicon Valley water district voted against Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach; a federal judge tossed claims over reporting on payments that a powerful Russian billionaire made to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s third effort at a travel ban; the Supreme Court agreed to put a pin Tuesday in its consideration of a class action over what has been called “the single largest fraud ever perpetrated on the city of New York”; Oregon environmentalists continued their battle against a project that they might be expected to support – mountain biking trails on Mount Hood; federal prosecutors unveiled what they called first-of-their-kind fentanyl indictments Tuesday against a pair of Chinese nationals, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announcing that the agency would begin pushing back against lawsuits which target it by ending “sue and settle” practices; a federal jury returning a guilty verdict against the New Jersey man who carried out a series of nonfatal bombings in New York and New Jersey last year; California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a President Donald Trump-inspired proposal that would have required presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the statewide ballot; researchers may have confirmed a notion that’s central to Douglas Adams’ novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” — that dolphin are smarter than us, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including 15 states and Washington D.C. say they’re stepping up to sue the Trump administration over the president’s decision to scrap subsidies to health insurance companies; the White House decertifies Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal; the fires in California’s Wine Country have become the deadliest in state history, as the death toll rose to 31 on Friday morning with hundreds still missing; researchers say when Viking Leif Eriksson sailed to what is now Newfoundland in the 11th century, he had no idea the eastern Canadian island was home to indigenous people, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump signing an executive order aimed at allowing trade associations and other groups to offer their own health plans; at least 26 people have died and some 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blazes, which were well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history; California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a criminal-justice reform package focused on reducing juvenile sentences and recidivism; Europe’s highest court dealt a blow to mom-and-pop organic food shops, finding they must have permits to sell their merchandise on the internet, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today include the death toll from nearly two dozen wildfires burning throughout Northern California continuing to rise and several fires burning in the Wine Country grew unabated, even as the region braced for another bout of gusty winds; the country’s largest water district cemented support for Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion; new evidence shows that runoff from just 10 rivers in the third world are responsible for most of the billions of pounds of plastic waste that enter the ocean every year, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including California’s iconic Wine Country being ravaged by wildfires, two of nearly 20 fires raging across the Golden State that have so far left at least 11 people dead and thousands of homes destroyed; a challenge poised to resolve how long parties have to file appeals in civil cases brought pointed questions Tuesday from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that liability for one passenger’s injuries in a 1996 fatal car accident involving an uninsured, drunken driver, falls to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump proposing a set of sweeping and rigid immigration reforms that he said must be included in any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients; California adopts one of the most rigorous campaign-finance laws in the nation, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing on Saturday of a bill to require clear disclosure of political contributors in print, television and online ads; word that scientists who want to study the effects of pollution and climate change don’t need to look any further than a feather, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General Jeff Sessions issuing a sweeping directive to federal agencies to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated; the Trump administration rolling back a requirement under the federal health care law that employers include birth-control coverage in their health insurance plans; a high-ranking diplomatic security officer testifying about what he saw five years ago when attackers overran the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi; a new study revealing that our hair color, mood and sleep patterns are all influenced by our Neanderthal DNA, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the National Rifle Association on Thursday calling for additional regulations on the device that allowed the Las Vegas shooter have the semi-automatic guns used in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history to function as fully automatic weapons; California’s mammoth $17 billion plan to overhaul the West Coast’s largest estuary taking another hit, after state auditors revealed a combination of skyrocketing costs and shaky oversight plague the contentious water project; approximately 75 percent of the honey sampled by researchers across the globe contains trace samples of pesticides, according to a new study, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Senate Democrats grilling several of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Wednesday, calling into question everything from one candidate’s views on corporal punishment to another’s taste for office decor that evokes the confederacy; the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking a federal judge to dismiss claims from three Texas churches that FEMA’s disaster aid policies unconstitutionally discriminate against religious organizations; conservationists filing a federal complaint to vacate the registrations of neonicotinoid pesticides to prevent the extinction of 26 endangered species, and more.

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