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Top CNS stories for today including Trump sweeps board; Republicans control both houses of Congress; Californians tighten gun controls, balk at death penalty repeal; Judge won't sign off on Sony price-fixing deal, and more.

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1.) Trump Sweeps Board; Republicans Control Both Houses of Congress

Donald Trump shocked the world Tuesday, winning the White House after an unorthodox and controversial presidential campaign, and his Republican Party remains in control of the Senate and House of Representatives as well: 51 to 47 seats in the Senate, with some votes still uncounted, and 236 to 191 in the House.

2.) Californians Tighten Gun Controls, Balk at Death Penalty Repeal

On Tuesday while American voters were cementing conservative Republican control over national politics, the nation's most populous state slid even further left. California voters flexed their progressive muscle and legalized recreational marijuana, strengthened already tough gun laws and OK'd higher taxes for the rich.

3.) Judge Won't Sign Off on Sony Price-Fixing Deal

A federal judge Tuesday refused to approve Sony's proposed $19.5 million settlement of an antitrust class action accusing it of conspiring to fix prices of lithium ion batteries.

4.) Campus Cop's Murder Trial Goes to Jury

The fate of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing is in the hands of a jury, as both sides made their closing arguments Wednesday regarding the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

5.) South Dakota Enacts Publicly Funded Elections

While the outcome of the presidential race kept most Americans enraptured Tuesday night, South Dakota quietly passed a ballot measure that will allow for publicly funded elections in the state.

6.) In a First, Maine Electoral College Votes Will Be Split

Maine, one of two states that divide its electoral college votes based on congressional district and statewide results, will split those votes between presidential contenders for the first time ever this year.

7.) Louisiana Sheriff Cleared of Racist, Violent Acts

A sheriff accused of encouraging violent, racist acts inside a jailhouse and in the black community in the small town surrounding it, has been acquitted of all counts by a federal jury.

8.) Tycoon's Brother Pulled Into Iran Sanctions Case

Building their case against a Turkish gold trader they say busted Iran sanctions, federal prosecutors brought new charges against the man's brother. The suspect remains at large.

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