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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump took his national-security grievances to Twitter this morning, railing against bipartisan visa policies even as details continued to emerge about the suspect in Tuesday’s carnage in lower Manhattan; the president’s nominee for a seat on the Eighth Circuit defended himself before the Senate just days after the American Bar Association declared him not qualified to serve as a circuit judge; the internet maybe winning a battle of Nature vs. Netflix, as cellphone towers propagate in national parks and national forests; Louisiana groups say they are fed up with environmental destruction wreaked by the oil industry, and more.

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Former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UK, Thae Yong Ho, center, speaks with media at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul, South Korea. (Ed Jones, Pool Photo via AP, File)

1.) In National news Thae Yong-ho, the highest-level North Korean defector in two decades, told Congress Wednesday that even the sound of an impending U.S. attack on the peninsula would immediately cause dictator Kim Jong Un to retaliate against neighboring South Korea.

A bicycle lays on a bike path at the crime scene where a motorist earlier Tuesday drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. (Andres Kudacki/Associated Press)

2.) As details emerge on the Uzbek immigrant arrested for Tuesday’s carnage in lower Manhattan, President Donald Trump took his national-security grievances to Twitter this morning, railing against bipartisan visa policies.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, (pictured right) said it was “surprising” that the American Bar Association decided to rate 8th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Leonard Steven Grasz as “not qualified.” (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

3.) President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on the Eighth Circuit defended himself before the Senate on Wednesday just days after the American Bar Association declared him not qualified to serve as a circuit judge.

Yellowstone National Park. Photo: Chris Marshall

4.) In a battle of Nature vs. Netflix, the internet maybe winning, as cellphone towers propagate around the country in the last frontier of cell coverage: national parks and national forests.

President Trump nominated McGregor Scott to return to the post of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California. (Steve Yeater/Associated Press)

5.) President Donald Trump nominated U.S. attorneys for California and six other states on Wednesday, choosing mostly attorneys with years of experience as state prosecutors.

Louisiana residents say scenes like this are increasingly imperiled by the oil industry.

6.) In Regional news Louisiana groups say they are fed up with environmental destruction wreaked by the oil industry and that in the very least the state should allow a third-party assessment of what’s at stake before a proposed pipeline can be built.

A heroin user shoots up. ( Darryl Dyck/Associated Press)

7.) California accused two dozen people and several businesses Tuesday of operating unlicensed rehabilitation clinics that use dangerous methods to treat Spanish-speaking people — and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as 45 of them.

8.) In Environmental news Signal Peak Energy, owner of one of the world’s largest underground coal mines, asked a federal judge Tuesday to tailor an injunction so it can continue mining so long as it doesn’t ship the coal, most of which is destined for China.

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