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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump announced a deal with congressional leadership to end the ongoing partial government shutdown and fund the government until Feb. 15; Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was indicted and arrested on accusations of obstruction of an official proceeding, lying to Congress and witness tampering; California began taking steps to crack down on cities that refuse to comply with the Golden State’s housing, and more.
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1.) Forgoing his $5 billion demand for border-wall funding, President Donald Trump announced a deal with congressional leadership Friday to end the ongoing partial government shutdown and fund the government until Feb. 15.
2.) Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was indicted and arrested Friday, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller accusing the longtime political operative of obstruction of an official proceeding, lying to Congress and witness tampering.
3.) Using a cane to make his first court appearance in months, convicted Trump ally Paul Manafort was given just over a week Friday to fight allegations that he lied to investigators.
4.) Recapping the first meeting of the year by the NATO-Russia council, the secretary-general of the military alliance said Friday that Russia’s unsanctioned missile development threatens the future of a Cold War-era treaty.
5.) Despite warnings that a 37-year-old ape might die if transferred to an Ohio zoo, a federal judge said he can only settle matters of law, not what’s best for the well-being of the late Koko the gorilla’s longtime friend Ndume.
6.) California began taking steps Friday to crack down on cities that refuse to comply with the Golden State’s housing laws, slamming the city of Huntington Beach over its strict development rules that stand in the way of affordable housing development amid a housing crisis.
7.) A Texas man who U.S. allies captured on a battlefield in Syria this month appeared at a hearing in Houston federal court Friday to face charges of supporting the Islamic State terrorist group.
8.) A close-up photo taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on New Year’s Day delivered the clearest view yet of a space “snowman,” two fused spheres making up the most distant space object ever explored.