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Top CNS stories for today including continuing uncertainty in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey left five people dead, tens of thousands evacuated and millions more facing the prospect of additional flooding due to a forecast that calls for another 2 feet of rain on top of what’s already fallen; a pack of masked, black-clad anarchists attacked a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators during a right-wing rally in Berkeley on Sunday; the Second Circuit signed off on a discovery order that will help global litigation involving an art broker accused of price gouging 38 paintings by such famous artists as Picasso and Van Gogh, and more.
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1.) In National news at least five people are dead, tens of thousands have evacuated and millions more face floods and uncertainty as Southeast Texas expects another 2 feet of rain this week in addition to the more than two feet that have already fallen.
2.) Deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal investigation unit have accompanied a steep reduction in the number of new criminal cases filed against polluters and other violators of environmental laws according to a new report.
3.) Promising more military-style equipment for local police departments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced the end of limits instituted in the Obama era.
4.) The American Civil Liberties Union sued President Donald Trump on Monday over his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
5.) In Regional news President Donald Trump’s Friday night pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio caused a raucous reaction in Arizona as Republican supporters applauded and civil rights workers called it support for white supremacy.
6.) A pack of masked, black-clad anarchists attacked a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators during a right-wing rally in Berkeley on Sunday.
7.) The Alaska Supreme Court unanimously rejected claims that Gov. Bill Walker exceeded his authority last year when he halved the annual Alaska Permanent Fund oil dividend payment to qualifying state residents.
8.) In International news the Second Circuit signed off Monday on a discovery order that will help global litigation involving an art broker accused of price gouging 38 paintings by such famous artists as Picasso and Van Gogh.