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Top Eight

Top eight CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court agreed to review the Trump administration’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to divvy up congressional seats; The risk of a chaotic no-deal divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union is becoming ever more likely; Five of six men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must stand trial, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court agreed to review the Trump administration’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to divvy up congressional seats; The risk of a chaotic no-deal divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union is becoming ever more likely; Five of six men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must stand trial, and more.

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National

1.) The Supreme Court agreed Friday to review the Trump administration’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the decennial census count used to divvy up seats in Congress.  

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

2.) Twitter announced Friday that it will change its policy around hacked information after its decision to block users from sharing an unverified New York Post exposé about Hunter Biden sparked outrage among conservatives.

FILE - In this July 9, 2019, file photo a pedestrian walks across the street from the Twitter office building in San Francisco. A complaint unsealed in a federal court detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant who could tap into the Twitter accounts of political opponents and access their personal data, including internet protocol addresses that can give up a user's location. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

3.) Despite four straight days of losses, markets were able to close out the week with some winnings, even if they were small, as investors prepare for a potentially gruesome November. 

Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he walks off stage after speaking at a campaign rally at Pitt-Greenville Airport, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

4.) Just weeks after the president cast himself as a “great environmentalist” in a Florida rally, conservation groups condemned his administration Friday for undermining a court’s order to prevent water contamination with coal ash.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, heavy equipment is used at an ash storage site at Gallatin Fossil Plant in Gallatin, Tenn. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, as part of a legal appeal says he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power generating plants. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Regional

5.) Five of six men accused of planning to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must stand trial, a federal magistrate ruled Friday.

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

6.) Hours after the Trump administration said it would deny California’s request for federal disaster assistance amid a record-setting wildfire season that has blackened over 4 million acres across the state, the president reversed course and approved the funding.

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

7.) In a win for transparency and police watchdog groups, New Jersey’s appeals court on Friday paved the way for state police officer disciplinary records to be made public.

Port Authority Police officers arrive at the scene following reports of gunfire in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

International

8.) The risk of a previously unthinkable disruptive and chaotic no-deal divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union is becoming ever more likely after European and British leaders said trade talks are making no progress.

English flags and a Union flag fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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