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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge tacked another three and a half years onto the federal prison sentence awaiting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort; New York’s top prosecutor indicted Manafort less than an hour after his prison sentence was lengthened; Britain’s Parliament voted against leaving the European Union without a deal, and more.
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1.) Rejecting pleas from Paul Manafort about his remorse, a federal judge tacked another three and a half years Wednesday onto the federal prison sentence awaiting the former Trump campaign chair.
2.) New York’s top prosecutor indicted Manafort on Wednesday afternoon, less than an hour after a federal judge lengthened his prison sentence.
3.) Tackling reports that Michael Cohen lied to Congress again, an attorney for President Donald Trump’s former fixer assured lawmakers that Cohen never acted on his curiosity of seeking a pardon.
4.) It’s been a decade since water was first discovered trapped in ice on the moon and the head of NASA told a Senate committee Wednesday that discovery will soon become just one of many things enticing space tourists of the future.
5.) Witness testimony wrapped up Wednesday afternoon to conclude an eight-day bench trial that will determine the constitutionality of Ohio’s electoral map, which critics say gives Republicans a clear advantage in congressional races after districts were redrawn following the 2010 census.
6.) California will close up shop on its death chamber and postpone all executions under an executive order signed Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom.
7.) A construction trade group representing 22,000 employees filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Minneapolis school district’s policy to only grant labor agreements to contractors who use union workers.
8.) Faced with a crippling impasse over Brexit, Britain’s Parliament voted against leaving the European Union without a deal on Wednesday night, striking a blow against an influential group of hardcore Brexit backers.