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Top CNS stories for today including New Mexico’s records law called unconstitutional; the Ninth Circuit puts Muslim-ban case on hold as the Trump administration rewrites order; researchers believe they can explain why warmer oceans, not air, causing ice sheets to disintegrate; Los Angeles Superior Court unveils a new e-filing system, and more.

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1.) New Mexico Records Law Called Unconstitutional

New Mexico’s public records law unconstitutionally restricts the public from using information from public-record databases for “political purpose,” a state lawmaker says, and he’s submitted an amendment.

2.) Muslim-Ban Case on Hold Trump Rewrites Order

Citing the president’s return to the drafting board, the Ninth Circuit agreed Thursday to pause litigation over President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned certain Muslim immigrants and refugees.

3.) LA Superior Court Unveils New E-Filing System

Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday introduced a new electronic filing system for probate cases, and expects to roll out a similar system for civil lawsuits next year.

4.) Warmer Oceans, Not Air, Causing Ice Sheets to Disintegrate

New findings that may explain why the North American ice sheet melted during one of the coldest periods of the last Ice Age also add to mounting evidence that climate change could lead to greater sea level rise than most existing models predict.

5.) Officials Call for Greater Funding for Cartel Fight

Officials tasked with protecting the nation’s borders told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that they are in serious need of better equipment and continued cooperation from Mexico and other nations to staunch the flow of illicit drugs pouring into the United States.

6.) Trump Stays Strictly on Pro-Business Message in Boeing Appearance

President Donald Trump visited Boeing’s massive passenger aircraft production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina Friday, delivering a pro-business and pro-worker message that was long on patriotism and steered clear of the many controversies dogging his administration.

7.)  Pro-Gun States Urge Justices to Take On Calif.

Saying high court intervention is needed again on gun rights, the attorneys general of 26 states signed an amicus brief Thursday that calls on the justices to put California’s tough restrictions on concealed-carry permits in their crosshairs.

8.) Pruitt Confirmed for EPA Despite Greens Outcry

The Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of environmentalists angered by his frequent lawsuits against the agency he will now lead and his adversarial stance on many issues they hold dear.

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