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Top CNS stories for today including a Florida man with a history of arrests, including making bomb-related threats, is arrested for allegedly mailing rudimentary pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump; two Texas Democrats are on the verge of being the first Latina Texans elected to Congress; Summer Zervos, the former contestant from “The Apprentice” who has accused President Donald Trump of harassment, cannot bolster her lawsuit with evidence about other Trump accusers; the Georgia governor race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams is now a statistical dead heat, making a runoff election a real possibility; Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sues a group promoting a clean energy ballot measure, claiming it defamed him; a new Pew Research Center study finds half of Latinos believe their life in the U.S. has worsened over the past year, and more.

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National

In this undated photo released by the Broward County Sheriff’s office, Cesar Sayoc is seen in a booking photo, in Miami. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

1.) A Florida man with a history of arrests, including making bomb-related threats, was arrested on Friday for allegedly mailing several suspicious packages containing rudimentary pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

2.) Two Texas Democrats are on the verge of a historic and belated breakthrough in the soon-to-be Latino-majority state. They are frontrunners in their districts, expected to be the first Latina Texans elected to Congress, on Nov. 6.

Summer Zervos leaves New York state appellate court on Oct. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

3.) Summer Zervos, the former contestant from “The Apprentice” who has accused President Donald Trump of harassment, cannot bolster her lawsuit with evidence about other Trump accusers, a judge ruled Friday.

Democrat candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams, left, and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp greet each other before a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)

4.) The Georgia governor race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams is now a statistical dead heat, and according to a poll released Thursday, a runoff election in December is becoming exceedingly more likely.

In this Dec. 21, 2016, photo, real estate heir Robert Durst is brought into a courtroom in a wheelchair for a hearing in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

5.) Quoting Robert Durst’s own words from a television documentary, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered the eccentric multimillionaire to stand trial on charges of murdering his close friend 18 years ago.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss preparing for the 2020 Census, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

6.) Refusing to delay a trial next month over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a federal judge set the stage Friday for a showdown with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Regional

Dry Lake Wind Project, Navajo County. (Photo: Northern Arizona University)

7.) Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing a group promoting Proposition 127, a clean energy ballot measure, claiming that the organization has defamed him in its attack ads.

Dewayne Johnson claims Monsanto has known for decades that Roundup is carcinogenic but didn’t disclose it for fear of disrupting its multi-billion dollar global business.

8.) Legal experts disagree about what will happen in the wake of a California judge unexpectedly upholding part of a $289 million verdict against Monsanto after a jury found Roundup caused a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer.

This E-ZPass toll plaza is in New York. (Photo via ny.gov)

9.) Tossing claims from a Connecticut lawmaker, a judge said he lacked jurisdiction to decide whether Governor Dannel P. Malloy usurped legislative authority by deciding unilaterally to fund a toll study.

10.) The leader of a conservative group in Kentucky said Friday that while he is disappointed with the decision, he wasn’t surprised when a judge ruled this week that wagering on historical horse-racing machines is legal under state law.

In this Aug. 30, 2012, photo, a tour group walks through the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

11.) The man whose study formed the basis for the discrimination lawsuit against Harvard’s admissions standards finally took the stand Thursday, nine days into the trial centered on affirmative action.

12.)  The Fifth Circuit sided with a pornography convention organizer Wednesday, finding a federal judge improperly dismissed its free speech case filed after the city of Dallas banned the show from a city-owned convention center.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, and Republican candidate Chele Farley spar during the New York State Senate debate hosted by WABC-TV on Oct. 25, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

13.) Coming down to the wire in a hotly contested election season, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand found support but little enthusiasm from her base Thursday outside the news studio where she debated Republican challenger Chele Farley.

Research & Polls

A Quinceañera after a Catholic Mass, celebrating a daughter’s 15th birthday, common among Hispanic families. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

14.) Half of Latinos in a survey released by the Pew Research Center Thursday say that their life in the U.S. has worsened over the past year, and two-thirds blame the Trump administration for creating and enforcing policies harmful to Hispanics.

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