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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court agreeing Friday to review President Trump’s travel ban; the The Trump administration announces it is rescinding an Obama-era guidance that warned states that ending Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers would violate federal law; the Seventh Circuit seems likely to uphold a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to financially punish so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to enforce federal immigration laws; a new Gallup poll finds foreign approval of U.S. leadership has dropped to an all-time low just one year after President Donald Trump took office, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving seven new judicial nominees on Thursday, including three of President Donald Trump’s picks for federal appeals courts; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats won’t play ball on a temporary funding bill intended to avert a government shutdown; a group of surfers brought a federal lawsuit against U.S. Steel after two toxic spills of chromium in Lake Michigan last year shut down beaches; an EU magistrate found no issue with an exemption of certain genomic alterations, but said member states, like France, should be free to pass tighter restrictions, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Senate Democrats saying they are broadly opposed to a temporary funding bill that that will avert a government shutdown on Friday; nine of 12 members of the National Park Advisory Board, the group which selects historic and natural landmarks, resigned amid claims Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke left them with little choice after a year of being ignored; a state appeals court upheld California’s method of shuffling debts owed to counties for new educational mandates, a scheme school districts say has deprived them of funding for decades; a federal judge agrees to an expedited hearing on a complaint brought by the producer of one of chef Emeril Lagasse’s cooking shows who says the Florida legislature is bullying him and violating his constitutional rights, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Justice Department appealing a court order that blocked the Trump administration from shutting down a program that shields more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation; a federal court panel rejected a request by Republican lawmakers in North Carolina for a stay of a ruling that found that state’s congressional district map unconstitutional; a surrogate mother of triplets losing her  Ninth Circuit appeal to adopt the babies she gave birth to, whom she says are currently endangered by their father; new research debunks the persistent theory that massive earthquakes are more common during certain phases of the moon or on specific days of a year, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump extending the Iran nuclear deal; tirades and harsh language — including overtly racist comments — are no strangers to the corridors of the White House, according to a historian and Richard Nixon scholar; pop-music hitmaker Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff; a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds asthma-related medical expenses, missed school and work and deaths cost the U.S. economy more than $80 billion each year, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the House narrowly approving a long-term extension of controversial electronic spying methods; the Trump administration rolling out new policy guidance that would allow states for the first time to force Medicaid enrollees to work; conservationists suing to unearth records on the U.S. government’s plan to kill thousands of native predators in Colorado, including black bears, bobcats and mountain lions; a team of researchers possibly discovering how flowering plants were able to take over ecosystems across the world so rapidly, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge restoring a program that shields more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation; President Donald Trump vowing to take a “strong look” at the nation’s libels laws in the wake of the publication of the best-selling and highly critical “Fire and Fury”; the justices of U.S. Supreme Court had tough questions for an attorney defending Ohio’s method of purging its voter rolls; California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $131.7 billion budget invests $150 million to support trial court operations and commits $32 million to build new courthouses; an adviser to Europe’s highest court suggests a fishing agreement between Morocco and the European Union exploits natural resources of the Western Sahara, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge on Monday ordered Chicago’s court clerk to stop withholding new civil complaints from the press in a ruling with national repercussions for access to court proceedings under the First Amendment; a Navy veteran will head to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to challenge how Ohio culls its voter rolls; at least five people died in Santa Barbara County as a result of heavy rain and flash floods as the first winter storm of the year swept through parts of Southern California burned by wildfires; the European Court of Human Rights ruled a Spanish supermarket’s installation of secret surveillance cameras to combat employee theft violated cashiers’ right to privacy, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including reports that California’s worst wildfire season ever may wind up costing a total $180 billion; the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a hearing Monday to determined whether a juror’s questioning whether black people have souls prejudiced the outcome of a capitol case; an appeals court rejected timber harvesters’ attempt to strike the coho salmon from the endangered species list; a new study finds a law just passed by the Bolivian government could further exacerbate deforestation and threaten rare plant and animal species in the nation’s most biodiverse protected rainforests, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including two Republican senators making the first known criminal referral in congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, targeting the author of a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia; the hedge fund billionaire Mercer family cut ties with Steve Bannon for derogatory comments attributed to him in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” a tell-all book that has roiled much of Washington this week; the Seventh Circuit had harsh words for an Indiana law guaranteeing pre-procedure notification to the parents of underage teenagers who are seeking abortions; former Sen. John Edwards and his co-counsel asked a federal judge not to transfer to Japan a class action by hundreds of U.S. sailors exposed to radiation in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration moving to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans, including opening up federal waters off the coast of California for the first time in more than three decades; Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the Justice Department is reversing an Obama-era policy that gave states room to legalize marijuana; a report finds that after several years of strong growth, the renewable energy market is showing signs of slowing down; researchers say climate change has dramatically increased the frequency of coral bleaching events at reefs throughout the tropics; a Tennessee couple has taken an art dealer to court, saying he got their 94-year-old family matriarch to consign a pricey painting they were storing at her house, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a rare and dangerous winter storm covered much of coastal Georgia, South Carolina and Florida with ice and snow Wednesday, and is now poised to bury the mid-Atlantic and Northeast in as much as a foot of the white stuff; President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed sued Robert Mueller and the Justice Department Wednesday taking aim at the scope of the special counsel’s Russia investigation; in a policy shift, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will now provide disaster aid to houses of worship; an Iowa Democrat hauled the state’s Republican governor to court for using emergency reserves to patch a nine-digit budget gap, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including about 50 people waiting outside KindPeoples marijuana dispensary just outside downtown Santa Cruz, California, before dawn on New Year’s Day, the first day of legal recreational marijuana in the state; Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate; Justice Elizabeth Garry becomes the first openly gay judge to lead an upstate New York appeals court; a new study finds teenagers who have used non-cigarette tobacco products are twice as likely to try conventional cigarettes within a year as those who have not, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including two Romanian nationals being charged with disabling more than 120 D.C. Metropolitan Police Department surveillance cameras ahead of President Trump’s inauguration last January; explosions and fires caused by e-cigarette batteries are inspiring a growing number of lawsuits across the United States; a federal judge ruled Houston can start enforcing a law that bans camping in public, which critics say criminalizes homelessness; in his latest Dispatch of the Road Courthouse News’ western bureau chief shares a tale about a harrowing ride-hail trip in Los Angeles, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Alabama Democrat Doug Jones being officially declared the winner of a special U.S. Senate race in Alabama after a judge rejected Republican Roy Moore’s last-ditch effort to stop the certification; the Ninth Circuit rules federal agencies must rethink permitting a swordfish-catching operation to increase the use of a fishing method that can kill endangered sea turtles and seabirds; a Gallup poll finds that while most Americans still identify with a religion, a third do not consider themselves religious; researchers present a new way of analyzing human sleep cycles over extended periods of time as individuals slumber normally, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Virginia State Board of Elections announcing it will delay the drawing of lots to break a tie in a critical, undecided House of Delegates race; a federal jury found the former lawyer for convicted fraudster Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli guilty of helping the scorned pharmaceutical executive craft a scam to repay defrauded investors; eight families sued the San Bernardino City Unified School District in Southern California, saying the district failed to protect students from a school shooting this past April; in a new study scientists link brief exposure to low levels of fine-particulate air pollution and ozone to an elevated risk of premature death among senior citizens, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including attorneys general from eight states asking the D.C. Circuit to intervene in their long-running dispute with Environmental Protection Agency over smog; three of the nation’s largest cities sue the Defense Department, arguing many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership haven’t been reported to the national background check system; a federal jury acquitted a Peruvian former soccer official after it convicted his two co-defendants in the FIFA bribery scandal; a new study finds childhood lead exposure is not consistently associated with criminal behavior later in life, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a government document filed in federal court shows a Trump administration official tried to block a detained immigrant teenager from getting an abortion even though he knew she got pregnant after being raped; a rare species of porpoises has been pushed to the brink of extinction by federal indifference, environmentalists claim in a federal lawsuit; Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 214, which prohibits abortions if an unborn fetus has or may have Down syndrome; a federal jury handed a raft of convictions Friday to two former soccer officials from South America charged with corrupting the sports’s international governing body, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the United Nations voting 128-9 Thursday to denounce America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, undeterred by threats to its funding; Snowy owls have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks; the state commission in charge of investigating and disciplining judges for misconduct won’t have to turn over records on complaints against judges to the California auditor; a new study suggests global warming could nearly triple the number of refugees applying to enter the EU by the end of the century, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the House of Representatives approving the final version of the Republican tax reform package, fulfilling a Republican promise to complete the tax code rewrite by the end of the year; a three-judge state court panel declined to certify the recount of a key Virginia House race, concluding a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they won by a single vote; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a draft plan to protect prairie dogs, corrects an action on leopards, and finds that five petitions, including one on Venus fly traps, merit more study; Uber’s business model sustained a major blow with the EU’s highest court ruling that the ride-hailing app must be regulated by individual member states as a transportation service, and more.

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