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Top CNS stories for today including the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint defining the terms of her nation’s exit from the European Union; Attorney General nominee William Barr refused at his Senate confirmation to say whether he will recuse himself from the Russia investigation; A federal judge blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint defining the terms of her nation’s exit from the European Union; Attorney General nominee William Barr refused at his Senate confirmation to say whether he will recuse himself from the Russia investigation; A federal judge blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and more.

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National

Attorney General William Barr, then a nominee, speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 15. (AP file photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) Denying that his public comments on the Russia investigation have already put his impartiality in doubt, Attorney General nominee William Barr refused at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday to say whether he will recuse himself.

(Associated Press/Photo by Michelle R. Smith)

2.) Blocking the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a federal judge excoriated Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday with a ruling that says the Trump appointee “violated the public trust.”

On the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, federal employees rally at the Capitol to protest the impasse between Congress and President Donald Trump over his demand to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

3.) Denying federal employees a pass on working unpaid during the government shutdown, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that bending to their demands would be “profoundly irresponsible” and throw the nation into “disarray.” 

Regional

The grave of the Rev. Patrick Ryan, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in East Ridge, Tennessee. (CNS photo by Daniel Jackson.)

4.) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Knoxville is one step closer in its effort to name a former pastor of a Chattanooga church a saint after it received permission from a court to exhume his remains.

5.) Environmental groups and Louisiana residents of a rural, majority-black area on the Mississippi River filed a records request seeking answers to why St. James Parish officials “basically changed the black district into the petrochemical district.”

Science

This Feb. 1, 2018, file photo shows a Burger King Whopper meal combo at a restaurant in the United States. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

6.) The vast majority of food-related TV advertisements aimed at young black and Hispanic consumers promote unhealthy foods, according to a new study.

7.) Infection and death rates from HIV/AIDS over the last two years pale in comparison to when the epidemic first broke out nearly 20 years ago, but a new study published Tuesday says thousands of more lives can be saved in developing countries if patients are tested and treated sooner.

International

A Leaver, left, and a pro-European demonstrator argue during protests opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to win support for her Brexit deal in Parliament. Lawmakers are due to vote on the agreement Tuesday, and all signs suggest they will reject it, adding uncertainty to Brexit less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

8.) Uncertainty and a lot more political gridlock is what looms for the United Kingdom as the British Parliament on Tuesday evening overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint defining the terms of her nation’s exit from the European Union.

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