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Top CNS stories for today including a survivor of the USS Cole bombing condemns the slog of war court; little fallout expected from leak of Clinton's speeches; the Ninth Circuit protects Pacific bearded seals, and more.

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1.) Survivor of USS Cole Bombing Condemns Slog of War Court

After yet another hearing on the long road to trial for the accused al-Qaida mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole, a career Navy man who survived the attack told reporters at the Guantanamo Bay war court about a seemingly forgotten focus: the victims.

2.) Little Fallout Expected From Leak of Clinton's Speeches

The latest tranche of emails by Hillary Clinton's campaign chair released by Wikileaks on Monday morning offer insight into Clinton's campaign, but no stunning revelations that could derail her increasingly comfortable lead over Donald Trump.

3.) Ninth Circuit Protects Pacific Bearded Seals

Citing imminent loss of the sea ice it needs to survive, the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld federal protection of a subspecies of the Pacific bearded seal under the Endangered Species Act.

4.) Judge Signs Off on VW's $15B Payout to Drivers

After a week of tense anticipation, a federal judge on Tuesday granted final approval of Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement with VW and Audi owners regarding the automaker's emissions cheating scandal - perhaps the largest payout of its kind in U.S. history.

5.) Payroll Cards Aren't Money, Court Says

Paying Pennsylvania employees with debit cards is not a valid way to pay wages, a state appeals court ruled in a class action against McDonald's franchisees.

6.) Ryan's Warning Serves as Rallying Cry for Sanders

Counting the "political revolution" of Bernie Sanders out too soon, attempts at rallying wary Republicans against Hillary Clinton seems to have backfired against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

7.) Reuters Accused of Whistleblower Retaliation

A former executive claims in a federal lawsuit that Thomson Reuters fired him for speaking out against misleading financial information prepared for investors in a $3 billion deal.

8.) Shuttering of For-Profit College Brews Fury

A lawsuit by 59 students drowning in debt says Career Point College shut down this month under federal investigation after the profit-seeking school in Texas induced them to take out high-interest student loans.

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