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Top eight CNS stories for today including a Paris court ruled Google must negotiate paying French media groups to display their news content on its platforms; Six men were arrested on federal conspiracy charges accusing them of scheming to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; The Supreme Court denied an emergency motion from Montana Republicans to block the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to voters, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including a Paris court ruled Google must negotiate paying French media groups to display their news content on its platforms; Six men were arrested on federal conspiracy charges accusing them of scheming to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; The Supreme Court denied an emergency motion from Montana Republicans to block the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to voters, and more.

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National

1.) Wanting to debate in person only as he recovers from Covid-19, President Donald Trump refused on Thursday to participate in next week’s presidential debate if it would be virtual.

President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) The Supreme Court on Thursday denied an emergency motion from Montana Republicans to block the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to voters, a day before they are expected to go out.

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

Regional

3.) Six men were arrested on federal conspiracy charges Thursday accusing them of scheming to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and frequent target of right-wing vitriol.  

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

4.) The Seventh Circuit on Thursday rolled back changes a Wisconsin federal judge made to the state’s general election deadlines and rules as a coronavirus precaution, delivering a win for conservatives fighting tooth and nail against any alterations to election law ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Robert Forrestal, left, wears a full face chemical shield to protect against the spread of coronavirus, as he votes Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the Janesville Mall in Janesville, Wis. Hundreds of voters in Wisconsin are waiting in line to cast ballots at polling places for the state's presidential primary election, ignoring a stay-at-home order over the coronavirus threat. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

5.) Starting with early voting Oct. 7, Arizonans began casting ballots on Proposition 207, a voter initiative that would legalize cannabis, launch a retail market, designate where taxes would go and revamp penalties for possession.

Former UFC fighter George Roop is planning to expand his family’s 40,000-square-foot indoor cannabis farm in Tucson, but not because of Arizona’s proposal for recreational use. (Courthouse News photo / Brad Poole)

International

6.) Google must negotiate paying French media groups to display their news content on its platforms, a Paris appeals court ruled in a major decision Thursday.

Donald Harrison, President of Global Partnerships and Corporate Development for Google, testifies via video conference during a Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer rights hearing to examine whether Google harmed competition in online advertising, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

7.) A French ban on bee-killing pesticides was upheld Thursday by the EU’s high court. 

FILE - In this Friday, April, 26, 2013 file photo, bee-keepers and apiarists dressed up as bees demonstrate outside the Palace of Westminster ahead of the European Commission vote on the proposal to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, in London. The European Union has made a key breakthrough to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. The 28 member states got a large majority backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

8.) The pension fund for employees of British multinational food manufacturer United Biscuits cannot dodge paying value-added tax on its investments, the European Court of Justice held Thursday.

A man walks by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

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