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Top Eight

Top eight CNS stories for today including voters flocked to the polls to cast ballots in an election that marks a referendum on the last four years as much as it does the art of the political poll; The legal battle over the reach and applicability of California’s new test for classifying workers as independent contractors came to a head at the state Supreme Court; European leaders are vowing to fight Islamic extremism after a gunman described as an Islamic State sympathizer opened fire in Vienna, and more.

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including voters flocked to the polls to cast ballots in an election that marks a referendum on the last four years as much as it does the art of the political poll; The legal battle over the reach and applicability of California’s new test for classifying workers as independent contractors came to a head at the state Supreme Court; European leaders are vowing to fight Islamic extremism after a gunman described as an Islamic State sympathizer opened fire in Vienna, and more.

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National

1.) Across America, the election marks a referendum on the last four years as much as it does the art of the political poll.

Campaign signs are seen at a polling place in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Courthouse News photo / Kevin Koeninger)

2.) In a bid to ensure no ballot is left behind, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday to sweep its facilities for election mail.

U.S. Postal Service carrier Henrietta Dixon gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia on May 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

3.) Markets rallied ahead of any election results on Tuesday but the mantra on Wall Street — that any volatility is bad volatility — could take shape if there is no clear winner in the hotly contested presidential election.

Early ballot mailings, with address and barcode redacted, pictured in California. (Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

4.) Struggling over whether courts can legally define juveniles as beyond redemption, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on behalf of a teenage boy who killed his grandfather in 2004.

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

Regional

5.) Hundreds of thousands of Floridians casting their ballots Tuesday added to an already historic voting turnout in the country’s largest battleground state.

Campaign signs are seen at a polling place in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Alex Pickett)

6.) A millennial two-time congressional candidate seeking to flip one of the last conservative strongholds in California faces an uphill battle Tuesday as voters turned out in rural District 50.

Election signs, including several for out-of-district Congressional candidate and former District 49 Rep. Darrell Issa line Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, California on Election Day Nov. 3, 2020. (Courthouse News photo / Bianca Bruno)

7.) The legal battle over the reach and applicability of California’s new test for classifying workers as independent contractors came to a head Tuesday at the state Supreme Court, where the justices took up the as-yet unanswered question of whether it applies retroactively.

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

International

8.) European leaders are vowing to fight Islamic extremism after a gunman described as an Islamic State sympathizer opened fire in Vienna on Monday night, killing four people and wounding many others before he was shot dead by police.

Police officers guard the scene in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Police in the Austrian capital said several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 2, in a lively street in the city center of Vienna. Austria's top security official said authorities believe there were several gunmen involved and that a police operation was still ongoing. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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