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Top CNS stories for today including Senate leadership withdrawing the nomination of President Donald Trump’s choice for the Ninth Circuit, as Sen. Tim Scott expressed reservations about racial remarks the nominee made as an undergraduate student; meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee approves seven more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including four to federal appeals courts; a federal judge rules New York City cannot litigate its way out of the climate change crisis; in a bid to discredit a cancer expert who says Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is carcinogenic, lawyers for the agrichemical giant accuse him of lying under oath; a new study says rising Arctic temperatures force barnacle geese to rush north along their migration routes, but speeding up their trip is not helping their reproduction; scientists at the Natural History Museum of Utah reveal the discovery of fossils belonging to a bony-tailed dinosaur with armor-like skin that walked the earth 76 million year ago; Nigeria could learn Friday at a court in Milan whether it can pursue damages against oil giants Shell and Eni in a sprawling international corruption case, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump denying Russia is still targeting elections in the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief. The White House later said the president was misunderstood; alleged Russian Agent Mariia Butina learning she will remain in custody until her trial on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government; the Senate narrowly confirms an attorney in the Texas governor’s office to a position on the Fifth Circuit; incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby tromps former Congressman Bobby Bright in the Republican primary runoff in Alabama’s Second Congressional District; New York City agrees to pay its nurses and midwives over $20 million to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit; a new study says air pollution may be keeping people away from national parks; Google is hit with a record $5 billion fine by European antitrust regulators who said it abused its market dominance in search and web-browsing tools on its Android mobile operating system, and more.

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Six States, NYC Sue DOJ Over Sanctuary City Funding Threat

A coalition of six states led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block what they characterized as the Justice Department’s overreaching efforts to punish so-called sanctuary jurisdictions by conditioning federal funding on compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump telling reporters that he misspoke during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and that what he meant to say was he didn’t see why Russia “wouldn’t” be responsible for meddling in the 2016 election; Special Counsel Robert Mueller asks a federal judge to grant immunity from prosecution for five potential witnesses whose testimony he wants to compel at the upcoming criminal trial of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort; environmental groups sue the Trump administration for drastically expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without giving full consideration to the environmental risks; a federal judge throws out his order requiring the Los Angeles Times to delete part of an online article about a plea deal made between an ex-police detective and federal prosecutors – information gleaned from the court’s public computer records; a European human rights court ruled Tuesday that the Russian government mistreated members of the protest punk-rock band Pussy Riot when it imprisoned them after a highly publicized and unauthorized performance inside a Moscow cathedral in 2012, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge ordering the federal government to halt deportations of families separated at the border immediately after reuniting them; hours after President Donald Trump held a high-profile meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the Justice Department announces a 29-year-old woman has been charged of acting as a covert agent inside the U.S. on behalf of a senior Kremlin official; a campaign watchdog group is pressing the Federal Election Commission to investigate how the National Rifle Association spent money in relation to four past senatorial campaigns; on the fourth day of a jury trial over whether Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a Bay Area man’s deadly lymphoma, a cancer-risk expert and a lawyer for the agrichemical company spar over the evaluation of scientific research on the herbicide’s potential carcinogenicity; a new study says charred remains of food found in a cave indicates hunter-gatherers knew how to bake bread 14,400 years ago; Courthouse News’ foreign correspondent Cain Burdeau explores Taranto, Italy, a city residents called “the first city of the dead” due to its serious pollution problems, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announcing that a dozen Russian military officers have been indicted in connection with interference in the 2016 presidential election and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee; a nonprofit that serves as an advocate for the parents of children with disabilities sues Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying a regulation intended to support black and Hispanic children with disabilities; a state judge refuses to permit a cancer-risk expert to testify about the amount of exposure to the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer California the has been determined to causes cancer; the Fifth Circuit rules a Texas policeman’s decision not to call off his K-9 as it bit into a surrendering suspect’s calf was not excessive force because the man had a knife within reach;Big Brother Watch, a London-based civil liberties group, is seeking to stop police in Britain from deploying cameras that scan faces in public spaces and match them in real-time to the faces of wanted criminals, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Stormy Daniels, the porn actress suing to nullify a confidentiality agreement over an alleged affair with President Donald Trump, being arrested at an Ohio strip club only to be released hours later; the FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 presidential election campaign fueled suspicions the agency is plagued by a partisan bias told lawmakers during a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill he never allowed his personal opinions to infect his work; the Justice Department says it will appeal a judge’s approval of the blockbuster $85.4 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger got fresh oxygen Thursday as the Justice Department said it will appeal a federal judge’s approval of the merger; the ongoing chaos and uncertainty surrounding court-ordered family reunifications took center stage in federal court as attorneys said the government still has no structured reunification plan; a new study suggests early humans in high altitudes may have had a high-fat diet; a new poll finds more Americans than ever believe the climate is changing, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a campaign watchdog group pressing the Federal Election Commission to investigate its claims that President Donald Trump, his 2016 presidential campaign and the nonprofit Trump Foundation may have committed numerous campaign finance law violations; a new court filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the federal court in Virginia says former Trump campaign chairman has been captured on monitored prison calls bragging he’s being treated like a “VIP” while in custody; on the second day of a California trial over whether Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a Bay Area man’s terminal cancer, his lawyers tried to convince a jury that Monsanto suppressed research showing Roundup may be carcinogenic and ghostwrote research to defend itself; the Ninth Circuit issues six opinions holding that corporations have no duty to disclose the use of slave labor in their supply chains under California law; the Pew Research Center finds that nearly half of Americans name Barack Obama as the best or second-best president in their lifetimes, with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan following closely behind, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump announcing D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on the Supreme Court; a federal judge proposes that former national-security adviser Michael Flynn be sentenced in October for lying to the FBI; in Los Angeles, a federal judge blocks Trump Administration efforts to roll back a settlement agreement that limits the time the government can hold immigrant children separated from their families at the border; a California appeals court rules a conservation group can’t force San Francisco and other cities to stop taking water from a glacial reservoir in Yosemite National Park that serves 2.6 million Bay Area residents; an environmental group urges the California Supreme Court to erase a November ballot measure to divide the Golden State in three; a lawsuit accuses actor Johnny Depp of assaulting a man on the set of a crime thriller about the murder investigations of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration telling a federal judge it will only be able to reunite about half of the parents and children under the age of five separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the deadline set two weeks ago; Paul Manafort argues in a court filing in Washington that pretrial detention is too harsh given the nonviolent crimes of which he is accused; a New Yorker who had been President Donald Trump’s personal driver for 20 years claims in court that the “purported” billionaire stiffed him on overtime; the Ninth Circuit rules a California state law that required artists be paid royalties from auction sales only applies to art that was sold before the establishment of the federal Copyright Act; a divided Fifth Circuit rules the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properly approved construction of a pipeline through the largest river swamp in North America; UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit the British cabinet, the day after another top minister walked, objecting to Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal for a “soft Brexit” departure from the European Union, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the federal government saying it needs more time to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border despite a federal judge’s order last week setting a 30-day deadline; word the FBI agent removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team because of derogatory text messages about President Donald Trump will speak publicly to a pair of committees next week; Leandra English, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announces that she is leaving the agency and will end her legal quest to head the agency; the Wisconsin Supreme Court orders Marquette University to reinstate a political-science professor who rankled his colleagues with a blog post criticizing liberal speech policing; in just 8 days, what started as a barbecue pit fire in southeastern Colorado has grown to 103,000 acres, making the Spring Creek wildfire the third largest in state history, and more.

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