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Top eight CNS stories for today including the presidential election continues to hang in the balance; President Trump is filing legal challenges over election results in Michigan and Pennsylvania; A federal judge railed at the U.S. Postal Service for ignoring an order to sweep postal facilities for mail-in ballots, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including the presidential election continues to hang in the balance; President Trump is filing legal challenges over election results in Michigan and Pennsylvania; A federal judge railed at the U.S. Postal Service for ignoring an order to sweep postal facilities for mail-in ballots, and more.

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National

1.) The presidential election continued to hang in the balance Wednesday, with Democrat Joe Biden holding narrow leads over President Donald Trump in enough states that — if margins hold — will deliver him the White House.

On West 12th Street across from the Erie International Airport, Steven Lantz-Gordon, 24, at left, of Harborcreek Township, waves a flag in support of President Donald Trump near David Oberg, 60, at right, of Grand Valley, who raises a flag in support of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during a rally held by Trump, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Erie International Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Millcreek Township, Pa. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

2.) Joe Biden did not declare victory Wednesday afternoon. Instead, he said he’s confident that when all the votes are counted, he will win the White House

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3.) A federal judge railed at the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday for ignoring an order to sweep postal facilities for mail-in ballots on Election Day.

Election worker Kristen Mun from Portland empties ballots from a ballot box at the Multnomah County Elections Division, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3030 in Portland, Ore. Oregon is the first state in the nation to institute voting by mail and automatic voter registration. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Regional

4.) Democratic challenger Joe Biden reclaimed Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes Wednesday afternoon by a margin of roughly 20,000 votes, though President Donald Trump has already demanded a recount after a night of twists and turns.

Election workers in Milwaukee count absentee ballots into the early morning, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

5.) Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes Wednesday afternoon as President Trump’s reelection campaign filed a lawsuit asking a judge to halt vote counting in the state over claims that the campaign was not allowed to observe the counting process.  

Election worker Robin Smith of Lansing helps a voter with his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Willow School in Lansing, Mich. [AP Photo/Matthew Dae Smith via Lansing State Journal]

6.) As Pennsylvania votes continue to be tallied Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump’s campaign said it is taking legal action to challenge the state’s extension for receiving absentee ballots.

Workers prepare mail-in ballots for counting at the convention center in Lancaster, Pa., on Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

7.) An expensive gamble by app-based gig companies paid off big time in California with the approval of a ballot measure that exempts firms like Uber and Lyft from a state labor law and lets them classify workers as independent contractors.

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

International

8.) Stunned by the electoral chaos enveloping the United States, the world began its anxious watch on Wednesday to find out whether U.S. President Donald Trump will be reelected and continue a presidency that has shaken the foundations of global politics.

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus reads the headlines about the U.S. presidential elections at a newspapers stand in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The world is watching as millions of Americans cast their ballots for the next president on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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