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Top CNS stories for today including Alabama voters giving Democrat Doug Jones a long-shot victory Tuesday, electing him to the U.S. Senate by a 1.5 percentage point edge over former judge Roy Moore; the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee deciding two of President Donald Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees will not go forward in the Senate; the Navajo Nation filing a 17-count federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo accusing the nation’s third-largest bank of targeting its members with high-pressure tactics to open unnecessary accounts; a new poll finds that less than a week after President Donald Trump declared the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv, more Palestinians favor taking up arms, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Alabama voters giving Democrat Doug Jones a long-shot victory Tuesday, electing him to the U.S. Senate by a 1.5 percentage point edge over former judge Roy Moore; the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee deciding two of President Donald Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees will not go forward in the Senate; the Navajo Nation filing a 17-count federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo accusing the nation’s third-largest bank of targeting its members with high-pressure tactics to open unnecessary accounts; a new poll finds that less than a week after President Donald Trump declared the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv, more Palestinians favor taking up arms, and more.

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1.) In National news, Alabama voters gave Democrat Doug Jones a longshot victory Tuesday, electing him to the U.S. Senate by a 1.5 percentage point edge over former judge Roy Moore, reducing Republicans’ margin of control of the Senate to one seat.

2.) The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday said two of President Donald Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees will not go forward in the Senate.

3.) President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the 11th Circuit promised she would faithfully follow precedent, rebuffing concerns Democrats raised about her opinions on substantive due process.

4.) Facing outrage over an FBI agent’s disparaging text messages about the president, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured members of Congress on Wednesday that personal politics do not sway investigations.

5.) A federal judge signaled Tuesday he would block new rules by the Trump administration that allow any employer or insurer to opt out of including contraception coverage in their health care plans on religious and moral grounds.

6.) In Regional news, an engineer Tuesday assured California that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge won’t fail in a major earthquake, despite weak spots in welded steel that holds together the eastern span’s only support tower.

7.) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday morning appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat, which is up for grabs next year, amid pressure from Democrats to choose someone who will run in the special election.

8.) The Navajo Nation on Tuesday made Wells Fargo Bank’s disastrous legal year a little bit worse, filing a 17-count federal lawsuit accusing the nation’s third-largest bank of targeting Navajos, especially minors, the elderly, and those who spoke limited English, with high-pressure tactics to open unnecessary accounts.

9.) In International news, less than a week after President Donald Trump declared the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv, a new poll released Tuesday finds more Palestinians favor taking up arms in response.

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