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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump using a Phoenix rally Tuesday night to thrash the news media, threaten to shut down the government if he does not get funding for a border wall; a new study finds that transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy could be cheaper and easier than expected;a Kansas woman testified in federal court that she believes she was fired from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office because she did not go to church;after an exhaustive three-year analysis by a team of researchers, the mysterious fate of the crew that manned the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship has been revealed, and more.

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President Donald Trump reacts to the song as he arrives at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

1.) In National news President Donald Trump used a Phoenix rally Tuesday night to thrash the news media, threaten to shut down the government if he does not get funding for a border wall, and indicate he will pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio — but not quite yet.

2.) A new study finds that transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy could be cheaper and easier than expected, and offers detailed road maps for getting there for the 139 nations responsible for more than 99 percent of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

3.) The California Central Valley city of Stockton is pushing back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to deny its police department crucial grant money for combating violent crime.

4.) A federal judge surprised attorneys when he said he wants to expedite the trial in a high-profile case of the first ‘Dreamer’ deported by the Trump administration.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

5.) In Regional news a Kansas woman testified in federal court that she believes she was fired from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office because she did not go to church.

In Dixville Notch, N.H., in 2008, Tom Tillotson (center) watches as Donna Kaye Erwin casts the first ballot for the nation’s first primary.(Jim Cole/AP)
6.) Filing suit Wednesday over the first voter-suppression law in New Hampshire, state Democrats say the legislation is a ham-fisted response to President Donald Trump’s loss there last year.
7.) The Third Circuit breathed new life into antitrust lawsuits against four pharmaceuticals giants concerning the delayed entry to the market of generic versions of Lipitor and Effexor XR.
8.) In Science news, after an exhaustive three-year analysis by a team of researchers, the mysterious fate of the crew that manned the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship has been revealed.
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