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Top CNS stories for today including Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Monday denying that he colluded with Russians in the course of 2016 presidential campaign, declaring that he has “nothing to hide”; a federal judge tossed a watchdog’s effort to keep President Donald Trump’s commission on alleged election fraud from requesting voter roll data from states; as the international Cassini spacecraft winds up its 13-year exploration of Saturn and its moons on Sept. 15, it’s been making a series of “grand finale” orbits that have offered stunning views of the planet and its rings, and more.

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1.) In National news Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Monday denied that he colluded with Russians in the course of 2016 presidential campaign, declaring in a written statement and in person, outside the West Wing of the White House, that he has “nothing to hide.”

Vice President Mike Pence, third from right, gavels in for the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2.) A federal judge on Monday tossed a watchdog’s effort to keep President Donald Trump’s commission on alleged election fraud from requesting voter roll data from states.

In this Jan. 25, 2017, photo, an agent of the border patrol, observes near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, N.M. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)

3.) With a House vote on $1.6 billion for a controversial border wall between the U.S. and Mexico set for later this week, Democrats and environmentalists got a jump Monday on decrying the move, accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan of “doing the president’s dirty work.”

James Mathew Bradley Jr., left, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing, Monday, July 24, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

4.) Federal prosecutors charged a Florida man on Monday with human smuggling resulting in the deaths of 10 immigrants who were found trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot over the weekend.

5.) In Regional news after a bench trial, a state superior court judge ruled Monday that a Massachusetts law requiring voters to register at least 20 days before an election in order to cast a ballot is unconstitutional.

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, talks with fellow lawmakers on the House floor at the Texas Capitol in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
6.) After a 10-hour hearing and despite opposition from powerful state business groups, a Texas Senate committee Friday passed the latest version of its anti-transgender bathroom bill.
In this Oct. 13, 2015, photo, a Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency’s cold temperature test facility in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

7.) In International news a federal judge awarded $125 million in fees and costs to lawyers who secured a second settlement in Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Saturn and its rings, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft on June 7, 2017. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

8.) In Science news as the international Cassini spacecraft winds up its 13-year exploration of Saturn and its moons on September 15, it’s been making a series of “grand finale” orbits that have offered stunning views of the planet and its rings.

 

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