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Top eight CNS stories for today including Joe Biden indicated he will continue to hammer President Donald Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as cases surge across the nation; Senate Republicans moved closer to confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court; Europe is once again the coronavirus pandemic’s epicenter, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including Joe Biden indicated he will continue to hammer President Donald Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as cases surge across the nation; Senate Republicans moved closer to confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court; Europe is once again the coronavirus pandemic’s epicenter, and more.

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National

1.) As his campaign for the White House enters the final stretch, Joe Biden indicated during a Friday stump speech that he will continue to hammer President Donald Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as cases surge across the nation. 

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden exits his motorcade to board his campaign plane at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, en route to Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

2.) President Donald Trump rallied thousands of Florida seniors on Friday in an effort to boost voter turnout from this vital constituency in the crucial battleground state.

President Donald Trump gives a campaign speech in The Villages, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Alex Pickett)

3.) Senate Republicans are set to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, a victory for President Donald Trump that will make history just days out from the 2020 election. 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

4.) Roundup manufacturer Monsanto urged three Ninth Circuit judges on Friday to overturn a jury’s verdict finding the weed killer caused a California man’s cancer, arguing that the federal judge overseeing the trial allowed the jury to hear from an unreliable expert witness.

Image author: Bayer AG

Regional

5.) A lawyer for Johnny Depp was sent packing Friday after he was found to have breached a protective order in the actor’s Virginia court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

6.) An appeals court panel sided with a conservative free speech group Friday and ruled a Detroit-area public transit authority’s ban on political speech in ads violates the First Amendment because such speech is not clearly defined.

A city bus is seen in Dallas, Texas. (Photo via skeeze/Pixabay)

International

7.) Europe is once again the pandemic’s epicenter and from Lisbon to Moscow the story is largely the same: Infections are rising and nations are responding with new restrictions.

A cyclist passes a closed bar in the Temple bar area of Dublin, Ireland, in October 2020. (Peter Morrison/AP)

8.) New research released Friday shows that a sudden climate shift roughly 5,000 years ago resulted in a new seabird settlement that fundamentally changed the ecosystem of the Falkland Islands and points to a potentially uncertain future for the avian explorers.

At dusk, thousands of seabirds called sooty shearwaters (Ardenna grisea) return to their deep nesting burrows dug into the peat of the tussac grassland at the Kidney Island National Nature Reserve, Falkland Islands. (Credit: Dulcinea Groff)

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