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Top CNS stories for today including Judge Brett Kavanaugh voweding in a new letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he will “not be intimidated” into withdrawing from consideration as Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court; meanwhile, the White House announced Trump will have a crucial sit-down with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; attorneys for accused Russian agent Maria Butina insists in a court filing that they followed court procedure in subpoenaing certain records from American University; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke heatedly clash in their first debate; the California Judicial Council mets to hash out how the courts will actually operate in a world without money bail; a new study suggests the active ingredient in popular weed killer Roundup may indirectly kill honey bees, and more.

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National

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 4, 2018 for his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

1.) Judge Brett Kavanaugh vowed in a new letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he will “not be intimidated” into withdrawing from consideration as Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the “smears” against him “debase the public discourse” and are “a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country.”

In this July 13, 2018, photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

2.) Seeking to tamp down on widespread reports that Rod Rosenstein would be fired today, the White House announced Monday the deputy attorney general will meet with President Trump upon his return from the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin on Sept. 7, 2012, while Torshin was a member of the Russian upper house of parliament in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Ptitsin)

3.) Attorneys for accused Russian agent Maria Butina insisted in a Saturday court filing that they followed court procedure in subpoenaing certain records from American University.

President Donald Trump talks to Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, at the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

4.) During his debut speech a little more than a year ago at the U.N. General Assembly, President Donald Trump provoked audible gasps in the hall of diplomacy by threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea. What a difference a year makes.

The Pacific fisher is a forest-dwelling mammal related to weasels, minks and martens. (Bethany Weeks/Flckr)

Regional

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, center, leaves court Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in San Diego. Hunter and his wife Margaret pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

6.) U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, the San Diego-area congressman facing charges of misusing campaign money, won his bid Monday to postpone his trial until after the midterm elections in November.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

7.) Hours into a hearing that will determine the prison sentence of convicted former comedian Bill Cosby, a judge said this afternoon that proceedings will likely stretch into Tuesday.

Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, second from right, poses for a photo following a town hall meeting at a restaurant in Falfurrias, Texas on Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

8.) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke heatedly clashed Friday evening in their first debate, highlighting their differences on domestic issues in a surprisingly dead heat midterm race in traditionally red Texas.

A new California law takes money out of the equation for pretrial detainees. As soon as someone is arrested on a misdemeanor, he or she will be released on his or her own recognizance unless the crime falls under one of 10 exceptions, like domestic violence or stalking.

9.) California ushered in a new era for criminal justice in August when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates money bail as a way of keeping pretrial defendants being bars. On Friday, the Judicial Council met to hash out how the courts will actually put it into practice.

Science

A honey bee.

10.) The active ingredient in popular weed killer Roundup may indirectly kill honey bees, according to a study published Monday that indicates the herbicide alters the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract of bees and makes them more prone to fatal infections.

In late June and swollen with snowmelt, Yosemite Falls plunges a total of 2,425 feet to the valley floor. (Bridget Clerkin)

11.)  The 417 parks that comprise the National Park system are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of climate change, according to a study published Monday.

International

This undated photo released by French NGO “SOS Mediterranee” on Monday June 11, 2018 and posted on it’s Twitter account, shows migrants about to board the SOS Mediterranee’s Aquarius ship and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea. (Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

12.) A humanitarian rescue group that has been in a public fight with Italy’s new anti-immigrant government over its work rescuing asylum-seekers in the Mediterranean says the Italian government has pressured Panama to cancel its ship’s registration.

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