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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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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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National

President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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.

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives on Sept. 26. 2017, to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining previously undisclosed contact between former Trump campaign officials and a Russian figure alleged to have tried to sell them dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. But Stone and Michael Caputo say they believe the man was an FBI informant trying to set them up. He denied that to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefs the media following a Jan. 25, 2019, meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels.

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.

Koko SOURCE: The Gorilla Foundation

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.

Regional

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.

FILE - In this 2014 file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on the main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

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.

Science

(Photo via NASA/John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

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.

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