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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving eight of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including one who received a not qualified rating from the American Bar Association; a federal judge wants to know whether Robert Mueller wants to pursue a series of counts the jury deadlocked on during Paul Manafort's trial last summer; President Donald Trump signs the Music Modernization Act into law, guaranteeing royalty payments to artists and songwriters for pre-1972 recordings; dozens of laws are waved in preparation for construction of 18 miles of border wall in South Texas; New Jersey sued over a plan to allow oil and gas drilling off its coast, but not Florida's; the California Coastal Commission amicably settles a 33-year dispute over a lagoon access trail in Carlsbad; with the recent murder of one journalist and the disappearance of another overseas, press advocates are sounding the alarm and demanding the U.S. government do more to hold those who harm and jail reporters accountable, and more.
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1.) Hundreds of thousands of Florida residents faced the long road to recovery on Thursday, one day after Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the state’s panhandle region.
2.) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved eight of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including one who is up for a seat on the Eighth Circuit and received a not qualified rating from the American Bar Association.
3.) The federal judge who presided over former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s fraud trial in Virginia wants to know when – or if – the special counsel’s team will pursue a series of counts the jury deadlocked on last summer.
4.) President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday committing the United States to expand efforts to clean up nearly 8 million metric tons of litter polluting the world’s oceans.
5.) President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Music Modernization Act into law, guaranteeing royalty payments to artists and songwriters for pre-1972 recordings, and increased compensation for works played by streaming services.
6.) A conservative nonprofit that plans to attack Massachusetts taxes in a pre-election ad campaign brought a federal complaint Wednesday to keep its donors secret.
7.) Losing or gaining a measly hour in March or November feels like a complete unraveling of the fabric of time to my body. So my heart leapt for joy, briefly, this summer when the California Legislature decided to give voters a say on whether to scrap springing forward and falling back in the Golden State.
8.) The Trump administration on Thursday waived dozens of laws in preparation for construction of 18 miles of border wall in South Texas, angering an environmental group that says the wall will spoil the habitat of numerous endangered species.
9.) New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to find out why the Trump administration denied the state’s request to be exempted from offshore oil and gas drilling while letting Florida off the hook.
10.) Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland was sentenced Thursday to six years in jail and $26 million in restitution for frauds that ran long after a disastrous 2017 concert in the Bahamas led to his arrest.
11.) The California Coastal Commission got a reprieve from its typically hotly contested enforcement of the Coastal Act by homeowners Wednesday when it amicably settled a 33-year dispute over a lagoon access trail in Carlsbad.
12.) With the recent murder of one journalist and the disappearance of another overseas, press advocates are sounding the alarm and demanding the U.S. government do more to hold those who harm and jail reporters accountable.
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