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Top CNS stories for today including an attorney for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arguing that media reports featuring leaks from anonymous government officials have spoiled his client’s chances at a fair trial; Special Counsel Robert Mueller and lawyers for President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked for two more months before the court schedules his sentencing; California Governor Jerry Brown announces a federal lawsuit accusing the EPA of illegally rolling back vehicle emissions standards; federal authorities charge nearly a dozen suspected asylum-seeking members of a caravan from Central America with illegal entry; a new study says fish farms could be the key factor in providing enough protein for a growing global population, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including porn actress Stormy Daniels suing President Donald Trump for calling it a “total con job” after she released a sketch of the man she claims threatened her; the Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Google can settle privacy claims by paying millions to six nonprofits; a federal judge who blocked the Trump administration from ending the immigration program commonly known as DACA agreeing to send an appeal to the Second Circuit; a new survey finds more than half of California voters support the state’s sanctuary law; attorneys for title insurers accused of furthering a Ponzi scheme argue at the Third Circuit that conduct must last at least a year to trigger civil racketeering charges; a new study illuminates the dangers of playing tackle football at an early age, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge tossing out former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s civil lawsuit challenging the authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller; the House Intelligence Committee ends its probe into the 2016 presidential election, saying there is no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia; a Texas judge is suspended without pay after being arrested on felony burglary and tampering with government records charges; defending its enemy-combatant designation of a U.S. citizen captured on the Islamic State battlefield, the government told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that courts cannot review its decision to transfer the man from Iraq; in his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief tells of an early morning wake-up call and subsequent trip through a famed national park, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge in New York appointing a former Manhattan federal judge to help determine what materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s private attorney are protected by attorney-client privilege; President Donald Trump saying his personal attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal,” after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Cohen made to the porn actress; Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era; Scott Pruitt assailed on Capitol Hill; a federal judge in Missouri rules Dr. Pepper can’t dodge a class action claiming its Canada Dry Ginger Ale is not made with real ginger; scientists conduct new studies that could explain how water came to earth via asteroids, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including A lawyer insisting President Trump’s the so-called travel ban was the result of a rigorous, neutral review process, not anti-Muslim animus, as he urged the Supreme Court to uphold the executive order; EPA administrator Scott Pruitt proposes a new rule which could change how scientific data is used by the agency; completing a 40-year manhunt for a serial killer and rapist who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, officials arrest a 72-year-old former police officer they believe is the notorious East Area Rapist, linked to dozens of rapes and at least 12 homicides; a new study says physical activity can reduce a person’s chances of developing depression, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court closing the book on terror-support claims against Arab Bank by foreigners whose families were maimed or killed in attacks on Israel; efforts by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized from his condo and a storage locker facing opposition from prosecutors; attorneys for two of the convicted Bridgegate defendants telling the Third Circuit that no laws were  broken when politically orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge caused horrific traffic jams; the Los Angeles City Council votes to overturn a policy barring city officials from traveling to Arizona;the nature journal reports on an enormous buildup of frozen plastic particles trapped in Arctic sea ice, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including an 18th century philosophe making an appearance at the Supreme Court for a challenge to how Securities and Exchange Commission installs judges; a drug dealer’s sentencing challenge brings embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the Supreme Court for the first time; clean-water advocates take a boat tour of Virginia’s James River to discuss their concerns over an Environmental Protection Agency plan to roll back coal ash regulations; police apprehend a suspect accused of storming into a Tennessee Waffle House and gunning down patrons, killing four before a good Samaritan stopped the carnage; the Ninth Circuit holds animals can’t sue people for breaking copyright laws, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Russian Federation, WikiLeaks and Donald J. Trump for President being named as defendants in a federal complaint that casts the trio as partners in the cyberattack that crippled the Democratic National Committee; a federal judge tells President Donald Trump’s personal attorney that he must declare in writing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination will be compromised unless there’s a delay in the Stormy Daniel lawsuit; federal regulators slam Wells Fargo with $1 billion in fines; a Seventh Circuit panel is highly skeptical of disability advocates’ claims that Wisconsin’s open-enrollment law discriminates against children with disabilities; a new poll finds that while registered voters are still concerned about gun control, the issue has cooled down some, and more.

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Russians Sue Trump Dossier Author for Defamation

Three Russian businessmen this week filed a lawsuit against Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and a London-based corporate intelligence company, claiming  the infamous document falsely accused them of being complicit in the alleged Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Top CNS stories for today including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joining President Donald Trump’s private legal team representing him in the  Russia investigation; the Seventh Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to financially punish so-called sanctuary cities; President Donald Trump’s embattled attorney Michael Cohen dropped his defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed, its editorial team and the intelligence firm that published what became known as the Russian dossier; a New York film company throws down the gauntlet in federal court over rights to footage of the Beatles’ first U.S. concert; one of the most pristine natural reserves in North America is in danger of being despoiled after the Trump administration initiated the process to allow oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including federal prosecutors proposing three retired magistrates to provide oversight for privileged records from the investigation of embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen; the Supreme Court struggling to decipher exactly how much fish a group of Native American tribes in the Pacific northwest are entitled to under a series of century old treaties; the highest court in Massachusetts holds a state ban against stun guns violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; the Sixth Circuit rules an Ohio law that revokes funding from abortion providers for unrelated federal health care programs is unconstitutional; President Donald Trump confirms hat CIA director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un in anticipation of the potential summit between the two leaders, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court’s liberal minority managing to rein in the government’s deportation powers, with a concurring vote from Justice Neil Gorsuch; the Supreme Court appears divided over a decades-old precedent that lets online retailers ignore state sales tax requirements; adult film star Stormy Daniels releases a composite sketch Tuesday of the man she claims threatened her if she didn’t keep her alleged sexual affair with President Donald Trump under wraps; Hollywood producer Scott Rudin’s theater company files a $10 million countersuit against the estate of author Harper Lee for trying to block an upcoming stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird”; the European Union Court of Justice rules that German airline TUIfly must compensate passengers for flight cancellations or delays caused by striking workers, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including attorneys for embattled lawyer Michael Cohen telling a federal judge Monday afternoon that his so-called “secret client” was none other than conservative pundit Sean Hannity; the Government Accountability Office says Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s purchase of a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth violated federal law; the Fourth Circuit strikes down a Maryland law intended to prevent price gouging in the sale of prescription drugs; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during his State of the City address Monday that the city hopes to eradicate homelessness with an ambitious plan that includes expanding emergency shelter space and hiring an army of outreach workers, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including federal prosecutors confirming for the first time that President Donald Trump’s private counsel, Michael Cohen, is the subject of a months-long criminal investigation; meanwhile, Cohen is said to be planning to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the Stormy Daniels case; the Rio Grande and parts of the mighty Mississippi made an environmental organization’s list of the nation’s most endangered rivers; Massachusetts’ highest court rules ExxonMobil must comply with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s investigation into whether it suppressed climate change research; the California Coastal Commission fines a Northern California apartment owner $1.45 million Thursday for blocking beach access; attorneys for the federal government urged a Ninth Circuit panel to uphold a federal judge’s finding that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is immune from prosecution for commanding a 2010 raid on a humanitarian flotilla, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a new report from Earthjustice claiming that since Inauguration Day 2017, the Trump administration and Congress have taken deliberate steps to limit or eliminate access to the nation’s courts; the president says he’s willing to rejoin the Trans Pacific Partnership; Missouri Governor Eric Greitens desperately tries to play damage control after a special investigative committee releases a report on his alleged blackmail of a former mistress; researchers say the most “charismatic” species have an elevated status in conservation biology and receive extra attention – often at the expense of other creatures; a magistrate with the European Court of Justice advises that EU grandparents should be able to seek court relief when it comes to child access, and more.

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