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Top CNS stories for today including the defense telling the Bridgegate jury to follow the plot's stink to the head; a study finds Frankenstein 'saved' humankind; the FBI email inquiry dominates as the presidential race enters final week, and more.

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1.) Defense Tells Bridgegate Jury to Follow Plot's Stink to the Head

Faced with a mountain of electronic evidence against his client, counsel for the woman accused of shutting down New Jersey traffic lanes for political vengeance strived to show Monday that a cabal of political players needed a scapegoat.

2.) New Probe of Clinton Emails Billed as Speedy

A top Justice Department lawyer told members of Congress on Monday that its review will be quick to determine whether any messages that surfaced in the Anthony Weiner sexting investigation relate to the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state.

3.) Relief for Juvenile Killers Divides Supreme Court

Two conservative justices voiced criticism Monday as the Supreme Court ordered trial courts to reconsider the life sentences imposed on five Arizona killers, all of whom were under 18 when the committed their crimes.

4.) Ninth Circuit Affirms Attorney's Convictions

The Ninth Circuit upheld 16 of a former Los Angeles attorney's 17 convictions, and a restitution order, for scamming investors into thinking they were investing in a movie.

5.) Study Finds Frankenstein 'Saved' Humankind

In a pivotal scene of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," the doctor makes the decision to scrap the creation of a mate for the Creature. Had he gone a different route, humankind might have gone extinct within 4,000 years.

6.) Email Inquiry Dominates as Race Enters Final Week

Hillary Clinton enters the final full week of the presidential race on defense once again over her use of a private email system.Meanwhile, a newly emboldened Donald Trump is seizing on the discovery of a trove of new emails to try to open new paths to victory.

7.) USA Gymnastics Doc Accused of Sexual Abuse

A gymnast claims in court that the USA Gymnastics organization and world-famous coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi allowed the women team's doctor to molest her and other underage athletes for years.

8.) First Dinosaur Brain Fossil Found in Britain

While paleontologists will never know what dinosaurs thought about, they might have a better idea of what some of their brains looked like thanks to the first-ever discovery of a dinosaur brain fossil.


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