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Top CNS stories for today including half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continuing to burn after a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses; an attorney for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, says his client’s work on an op-ed defending his efforts in Ukraine should not stop him from being released from house arrest; an en banc Fourth Circuit grappling with President Donald Trump’s tweets and a recent Supreme Court decision in trying to decide the fate of the administration’s travel ban; gold trader Reza Zarrab capped off a week on the witness stand in an Iran sanctions case by recounting an attempt to assassinate him inside a U.S. prison, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continuing to burn after a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses; an attorney for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, says his client’s work on an op-ed defending his efforts in Ukraine should not stop him from being released from house arrest; an en banc Fourth Circuit grappling with President Donald Trump’s tweets and a recent Supreme Court decision in trying to decide the fate of the administration’s travel ban; gold trader Reza Zarrab capped off a week on the witness stand in an Iran sanctions case by recounting an attempt to assassinate him inside a U.S. prison, and more.

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1.) In National news half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continued to burn Friday morning, but firefighters made progress overnight in a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses.

2.) An attorney for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said Thursday his client’s work on an op-ed defending his efforts in Ukraine should not stop him from being released from house arrest.

3.) An en banc Fourth Circuit on Friday grappled with President Donald Trump’s tweets and a recent Supreme Court decision in trying to decide whether to strike down a federal judge’s decision to partially block the latest version of the administration’s travel ban.

4.) Immigration to the United States from the so-called Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25 percent in eight years, the Pew Research Center said this week, but immigration from Mexico has dropped.

5.) In Regional news an Arizona attorney sued the state and Coconino County in federal court this week, challenging a state law requiring government contractors to agree not to boycott Israel or work with businesses that do.

6.) A Texas jury convicted former Catholic priest John Feit of murder Thursday evening for the Easter weekend 1960 killing of schoolteacher Irene Garza, closing a case that took 57 years to bring to trial and featured allegations of a church cover-up.

7.) Considering whether to uphold a $1 million jury award, the Seventh Circuit heard Friday from an Indianapolis attorney who claims CVS pharmacists acted with actual malice when they told his patients he was under investigation for running a pill mill.

8.) In International news, gold trader Reza Zarrab capped off a week on the witness stand in an Iran sanctions case by recounting an attempt to assassinate him inside a U.S. prison because of his testimony that has implicated Turkey’s president and ministers in illicit transactions worth billions.

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