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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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Top CNS stories for today including the much vaunted House memo on supposed FBI bias in the Russia investigation meeting with lukewarm reception Friday; a dramatic downsizing of national monuments took effect on Friday, coinciding with Trump administration announcements about increasing energy development on public lands that drew heavy rebuke from environmentalists; seeking to set himself apart from his chief rival in the race for California governor, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decried “Davos Democrats” who pander to rich liberals but neglect the middle class; the International Court of Justice fined Nicaragua more than $378,000 on Friday for its intrusion into Costa Rican territory involving ecologically sensitive, disputed wetlands, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge ruling an Interior Department decision to bar bison roaming Yellowstone National Park from protection under the Endangered Species Act was arbitrary and unscientific; another federal judge ordering North Carolina election officials to reinstate primary elections for judicial candidates seeking statewide office this year; the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announces it will wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions going back decades, opening up new job and housing opportunities to those arrested for cannabis-related offenses; a new study finds environmental changes created by climate change cause polar bears to expend more energy to catch less prey, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including California’s state insurance commissioner announcing nearly $12 billion in insurance claims have been filed following the deadly wildfires that destroyed over 32,000 homes across the state; a Trump administration delay in Obama-era rules governing release of toxic pollutants into water violates the Endangered Species Act a lawsuit claims; with President Trump vowing to release a classified memo about the FBI that the bureau has called inaccurate, policy analysts said the divisive move is unlikely to promote transparency; attorneys for autonomous-vehicle rivals Uber and Waymo sparred with a federal judge oover what they can tell a jury when a trial accusing Uber of stealing trade secrets begins next week; a new study finds fracking operations can dangerously deplete streams, threatening local drinking water supplies and aquatic species, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including The National Marine Fisheries Service announcing its final listing determination for the oceanic whitetip shark as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act; a federal judge calling out President Donald Trump’s “recurring, redundant drumbeat of anti-Latino commentary” at a hearing on the immigration program his administration abruptly terminated; California lawmakers approved a bill Monday that would prevent internet service providers from charging websites for quicker access; a new study from the Pew Research Center finds most Americans believe the federal government does not do enough to help the elderly, poor people and the middle class, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including The White House denying involvement after news broke that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told staffers this morning that he is stepping down from his post; calling out U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for actions she called “unnecessarily cruel,” a federal judge ordered the immediate release of activist Ravi Ragbir; after a massive fire killed 13 in the Bronx last month, survivors and relatives of some of the victims set the stage in court Friday for what could be a $200 million lawsuit against New York City; a new study finds that California’s voter-backed reform that downgraded certain crimes to misdemeanors four years ago has helped shrink the disparity in the criminal-justice system between blacks and whites, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge appearing poised to rule that humans play a bigger role than technology in making animated films successful: a finding that could spell trouble for copyright lawsuits against Walt Disney and other major studios; former Mexican President Vicente Fox offers a biting critique of President Donald Trump during a National Press Club appearance; financial leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland say the recent positive turn in the global economy shouldn’t lull anyone into complacency; in his latest dispatch from the road, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief returns to LA – this time the Little Tokyo neighborhood some locals like to call “Japangeles,” and mor

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