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Top eight CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump is exhibiting mild symptoms of Covid-19 after he and the first lady tested positive; Employers added back just 661,000 jobs to the U.S. economy while unemployment dropped slightly to 7.9%; The EU said it is imposing targeted sanctions on Belarus for its brutal crackdown on protests, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump is exhibiting mild symptoms of Covid-19 after he and the first lady tested positive; Employers added back just 661,000 jobs to the U.S. economy while unemployment dropped slightly to 7.9%; The EU said it is imposing targeted sanctions on Belarus for its brutal crackdown on protests, and more.

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National

1.) President Donald Trump is said to be in good spirits Friday but is exhibiting mild symptoms of Covid-19, hours after it was revealed that he and First Lady Melania Trump have joined over 7 million Americans who have contracted the coronavirus.  

President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as he returns from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

2.) Employers added back just 661,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in September while unemployment dropped slightly to 7.9%, the highest recorded jobless rate heading into a presidential election.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2020, file photo, clients line up outside the Mississippi Department of Employment Security WIN Job Center in Pearl, Miss. A critical snapshot of the job market and the economy to be released Friday, Oct. 2, is expected to show a further deceleration in hiring as the nation’s viral caseload creeps higher just as financial aid from the government has faded. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

3.) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over the constitutionality of an Arizona law restricting who can deliver ballots for voters unable to leave their homes during an election.

The U.S. Supreme Court. (Jack Rodgers/Courthouse News)

Regional

4.) With the California bar exam just days away, California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye rejected a bid from more than a dozen law school deans to drop remote proctoring and make the test open-book. 

The California Supreme Court building in San Francisco. (Maria Dinzeo/Courthouse News)

5.) Civil rights groups and two absentee voters claim in a lawsuit filed late Thursday that Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order limiting absentee ballot drop-off sites to only one per county amounts to last-minute voter suppression that targets vulnerable and minority voters. 

A sign indicates a drive-through ballot drop off location at the 700 Lavaca Parking Garage in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, shortly after an order was announced by Gov. Greg Abbott restricting such drop off locations. Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Gov. Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots. The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against Abbott’s order that assigns just one drop-off location in each of Texas' 254 counties and allows poll watchers to observe ballot deliveries. (Jay Janner)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

6.) With enduring slogans like “It’s the Water” and “Since 1896”, it’s hard to blame drinkers for assuming Olympia beer came from mountain water like the tranquil river featured on the beer’s cans — and not California tap water. At least that’s how a federal judge sees it

Olympia beer's label in 1914. (By Olympia Brewing Company - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="http://brewerygems.com/images/1914%20Olympia%20label.jpg">http://brewerygems.com/images/1914%20Olympia%20label.jpg</a>, Public Domain, Link)

International

7.) Faced with an array of foreign policy troubles at their borders, European Union leaders on Friday turned to a now-familiar – but potentially ineffective – weapon of choice: sanctions.

Demonstrators light their cell phones during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the Belarusian capital calling for the authoritarian president's ouster, some wearing cardboard crowns to ridicule him, on Sunday as the protests that have rocked the country marked their 50th consecutive day. (AP Photo/TUT.by)

8.) Hundreds of artistic rock carvings by indigenous Australians have been documented for the first time, and their depictions of macropods, ceremonial events and human-animal interactions 9,000 years ago point to our species’ continuing connections with wildlife, researchers said in a study released Thursday. 

The maliwawa image collected from the aboriginal Namunidjbuk estate in the Wellington Range of Australia depicts a macropod. (Courtesy of Paul Taçon, Griffith University)

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