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Top eight CNS stories for today including the Gulf Coast is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Zeta; Two intense wind-driven wildfires continued to burn out of control near Los Angeles; NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in federal prison, and more.

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including the Gulf Coast is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Zeta; Two intense wind-driven wildfires continued to burn out of control near Los Angeles; NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in federal prison, and more.

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National

1.) Convicted of keeping women as sex “slaves,” branding his initials above their public lines, NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was sentenced Tuesday to 120 years in federal prison.

This still from a video in the YouTube series "Keith Raniere Conversations" shows the NXIVM leader who will begin trial May 7 on sex-trafficking and other charges.

2.) With polls showing Georgia has a shot of voting for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992, Joe Biden visited the Peach State on Tuesday for a pair of rallies to fire up voters a week before Election Day.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

3.) Employees who use medical marijuana to cope with a work-related injury can’t get reimbursed for it through workers’ compensation, Massachusetts’ highest court held Tuesday. 

A bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra, a dispensary in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 7, 2019. In an attempt to reduce the marijuana inventory in Oregon, the state is moving toward allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to refuse to issue initial marijuana production licenses, based on supply and demand. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Regional

4.) The Gulf Coast is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Zeta, which is expected to make landfall Wednesday night as a Category 1 hurricane in what has been an unprecedented hurricane season.

Tourists walk past debris littering the street after Hurricane Zeta's landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

5.) Two intense wind-driven wildfires continued to burn out of control near Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, prompting 90,000 to flee their homes and severely injuring a pair of firefighters attempting to quell one of the blazes.

The Silverado Fire burns along the 241 State Highway Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

6.) Virginia Democrats have filed suit against an elections official in Richmond for not handing over a list of rejected absentee ballots, which the party hopes to use to notify voters so they can file a corrected ballot by next week’s deadline.    

Voters line up outside to cast ballots in the general election at the Henrico County general registrar's office in Henrico County, Va., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, on the first day of the state's 45-day early voting period. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

International

7.) Europe’s top human rights courts held Tuesday that Turkey was wrong to fine a leading opposition politician for criticizing the country’s strongman ruler.

Supporters of the Republican People's Party, CHP, wave Turkish flags, and one with a portrait of Kemal Ataturk, right, as they celebrate after preliminary results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, on April 1, 2019. Erdogan's ruling party has declared victory in the race for mayor of Istanbul, even though the result in Turkey's most populous city and commercial hub is too close to call. State broadcaster TRT says former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim received 48.71 percent of the votes in Sunday's municipal elections while the opposition's candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, got 48.65 percent. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

8.) An adviser to the EU’s top court rejected claims from the Lufthansa airline that Germany granted improper state aid by financing an airport to the tune of $59 million.

A Lufthansa aircraft rolls to the parking position at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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