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Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit refused to overturn a judge’s order that the Trump administration turn over all the records they considered in ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; a panel of seven law professors at Georgetown University on Friday tried to unpack the details of America’s first major tax overhaul in more than 30 years; a San Diego judge advocating doing away with money bail statewide told the state Judicial Council California has lulled itself into a false sense of security regarding money bail; a new government study links air pollution and miscarriage, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including U.S. wildlife regulators removing an Obama-era restriction on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia; Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized to a Los Angeles radio anchor who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and taking a photo as she slept that showed him reaching for her breasts; Monsanto sued California in federal court, claiming its plan to list glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer — as a probable carcinogen is unconstitutional forced speech; Alabama’s largest newspaper group stood by its reporting Wednesday despite Senate candidate Roy Moore’s statement that he has “taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation,” and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a Senate committee giving its blessing to a controversial plan to expand oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; the ACLU complains to Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan that state agencies are systematically violating the National Voter Registration Act; the California High-Speed Rail Authority on awarded a hotly contested contract to a German engineering firm to help with the preoperative and early-operation phase of the fledgling bullet train network; scientists say a newly discovered nearby – in cosmic terms – exoplanet could support life, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered the House Judiciary Committee little insight Tuesday about a meeting with the Trump campaign adviser who was in contact with Russian officials and lied to the FBI about it; Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to drop out of the special-election race; new research suggests artificially cooling the planet by mimicking the effects of volcanic eruptions may do more harm than good in combating climate change, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Ninth Circuit partly granting an emergency motion by the Trump administration and lifted a preliminary stay on most aspects of President Donald Trump’s ban; a new accuser of Alabama Republican Roy Moore coming forward to say the Senate candidate assaulted her when he gave her a ride home one night in the late 1970s and that she feared he would rape her; a divided Seventh Circuit panel dismissed a woman’s appeal of Chicago’s public-nudity ordinance that bars women from exposing their breasts in public; a new study finds that encountering cheap or ineffective products can influence how much a consumer is willing to pay for other items, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including new evidence leading to an update of when an ancient ice sheet that used to cover large portions of North America melted; the Senate Judiciary Committee approving five judicial nominees on Thursday, including two rated not qualified earlier this week; an attorney tells the Ninth Circuit public school boards should be allowed to open their meetings with an invocation just like other legislative bodies do; an adviser to Europe’s highest court offered recommendations Thursday for adjudicating claims employment-discrimination claims against a church-run charity, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including poll results showing Democrats turned out big across the East Coast on Tuesday for the general election, displacing Republican candidates in several local and state offices; the federal  judge overseeing the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates issued a gag order; the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the prosecution of an animal-rights activist who freed 2,000 minks and foxes from a fur factory as a terrorist; a new study finds that when it comes to restoring tropical forests across the world, Mother Nature’s process trumps human intervention, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Virginians going to the polls to elect a new governor n a contest largely seen as a referendum of the Trump presidency; a federal program that has paid over $1 billion to buy private land on U.S. Indian reservations and turn it over to Native American tribes is set to end on Nov. 27; the RAND Corporation says legalizing autonomous vehicles that drive only moderately better than humans could save thousands of lives each year; the European Union reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent and grew its economy by 53 percent in the last quarter century, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including investigators examining a “domestic situation” as a motive for the largest mass shooting in Texas history that left 26 people dead; the Seventh Circuit hearing arguments in Indiana’s appeal to lift a temporary injunction blocking a state law that forces women to wait at least 18 hours between having a mandatory ultrasound and an abortion; Virginia voters will be among the first in the nation to show their support or disdain for President Donald Trump when they head to the ballot box on Tuesday; the U.N.’s weather and climate agency says 2017 is set to become the hottest year on record aside from those impacted by the El Nino phenomenon, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge proposing a May 7 trial date for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gate; a military judge dishonorably discharging Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl based for leaving his base in Afghanistan, but gave him no jail time; news organizations told a federal judge that there is no need for secrecy when deceased shooter Stephen Paddock is believed to have acted alone; Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief finds punchy, protein-loving bartenders and rodeo fanatics in Wyoming while sampling what the state has to offer beyond its majestic national parks, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the man accused of turning a Load ’N Go flatbed truck into a weapon of terror on a New York City appearing in court for the first time; the government reports the U.S. fishing industry caught a strong tide in 2016; California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of 34 new judges to state superior courts, selecting a balance of prosecutors and defenders, court commissioners and lawyers in private practice; a long-standing theory of the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes has been confirmed after scientists sequenced the genome of asparagus in an effort to find a better plant, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump took his national-security grievances to Twitter this morning, railing against bipartisan visa policies even as details continued to emerge about the suspect in Tuesday’s carnage in lower Manhattan; the president’s nominee for a seat on the Eighth Circuit defended himself before the Senate just days after the American Bar Association declared him not qualified to serve as a circuit judge; the internet maybe winning a battle of Nature vs. Netflix, as cellphone towers propagate in national parks and national forests; Louisiana groups say they are fed up with environmental destruction wreaked by the oil industry, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including eight people have died and at least 11 were injured in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said was a terrorist attack on innocent pedestrians and bicyclists on and around a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial; the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of a Notre Dame law professor to the Seventh Circuit; Spain’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended  the ousted Catalan parliament’s vote to declare independence as it continues to study the legal questions the declaration raised, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Richard Gates pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; meanwhile, it was also revealed a former foreign-policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign secretly pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; the 9th Circuit ruled a court order prohibiting the organizers of a Salt Lake City comic convention from discussing trademark litigation over the name “comic con” violated their First Amendment rights; a group of Alaska youth have sued the state and Gov. Bill Walker, asking a court to declare a pollution-free planet as a civil right, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump revealing he will shrink two national monuments in Utah; Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s withdrawal from the 2018 race is likely to lead to an in-state Republican free-for-all that will stretch well into next year; a state appeals court holds a jury was not unduly influenced or confused by evidence of the nation’s opioid epidemic when it a hit a St. Louis doctor and hospital with $15 million in punitive damages for overprescribing painkillers; researchers analyzing the fossils of a small, feathered dinosaur found that it used multiple types of camouflage to both avoid predators and sneak up on its prey, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving eight nominees to federal courts around the country on Thursday, including Justice Neil Gorsuch’s replacement on the 10th Circuit; a three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday ruled that a special master should be brought in to redraw electoral districts previously found to discriminate against minorities; the European Court of Justice refused Thursday to classify the card game contract bridge as a sport, dealing a blow to a group fighting for tax exemption, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge on Wednesday refused California’s request to order the Trump administration to continue making Affordable Care Act subsidy payments to insurers; a Seventh Circuit panel mulled overturning a $27 million jury award to four former Allstate traders who say the company’s false statements about their ethical conduct made them unemployable; the European Court of Justice made it easier for EU businesses to relocate their registered offices to different member states, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including The House Intelligence Committee urged a federal judge to authorize its subpoena targeting the political-research firm that sponsored a salacious dossier on President Donald Trump; the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday by a 6-3 vote that the government cannot block an undocumented 17-year-old from having an abortion; the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Montana can limit the amount of money donors can give to individual candidates for state office; urinary samples from a group of older Southern Californians reveal exposure to the weed killer glyphosate has increased roughly 500 percent since the introduction of genetically modified crops, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge voicing sympathy for Indonesian immigrants fighting for asylum after the U.S. government abruptly ordered them out of the country; the trial of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing a woman walking along the San Francisco waterfront began Monday; a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Monday that a village must prove it has jurisdiction over the Oneida Nation to enforce a permit requirement for an annual festival on the tribe’s reservation; the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures images of two galaxies becoming one, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Senate passing a $4 trillion budget framework, a key step in the Republican plan to pass a tax package by the end of the year; a federal judge denied a request by the Trump administration to pause proceedings in multiple lawsuits challenging the decision to end a program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation; a new study finds that despite wiping out nearly half of all life on Earth, one of the most devastating mass extinctions did not fundamentally alter marine ecosystems, and more.

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