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Top eight stories for today including business closures and three-week lockdowns are headed for California counties experiencing hospital surges; The Census Bureau made little effort to allay concern from lawmakers about delays to the decennial count; Courthouse News filed a motion to unseal Georgia Senator David Perdue’s deposition and other documents in litigation stemming from his time as CEO of Dollar General, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including business closures and three-week lockdowns are headed for California counties experiencing hospital surges; The Census Bureau made little effort to allay concern from lawmakers about delays to the decennial count; Courthouse News filed a motion to unseal Georgia Senator David Perdue’s deposition and other documents in litigation stemming from his time as CEO of Dollar General, and more.  

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National

1.) Twenty-four hours after an anonymous data leak suggested delays to the decennial count already steeped in controversy, the Census Bureau made little effort Thursday to allay concern from lawmakers.

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.) On Thursday, Courthouse News, with the help of the Local Legal Initiative of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press, filed a motion to unseal Georgia Senator David Perdue’s deposition and other documents in litigation stemming from his time as CEO of Dollar General.

Republican candidate for Senate Sen. David Perdue speaks during a campaign stop at Peachtree Dekalb Airport Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Atlanta. The outcome in several contested states will determine whether Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump. But if the Democratic challenger wins, the ambitions of a Biden presidency could well come down to Georgia. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

3.) President-elect Joe Biden appointed Brian Deese as a key economic adviser within his incoming administration, despite fierce opposition to Deese among some climate activists. 

President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he leaves The Queen theater, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

4.) On the same morning Facebook announced it will begin removing misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms, the media giant confirmed Thursday that it is making algorithm changes to crack down on hate speech.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a protester holding a Q sign waits in line with others to enter a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Facebook says on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, it will restrict QAnon and stop recommending that users join groups supporting it, but the company is stopping short of banning the right-wing conspiracy movement outright. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Regional

5.) Business closures and three-week lockdowns are headed for California counties experiencing hospital surges under a new framework announced Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

6.) A week after the divided court blocked New York virus limits on houses of worship, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an emergency injunction Thursday to a California church facing similar restrictions.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is seen empty without its congregation on Holy Friday, April 10, 2020, as Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, second from left, leads the nation's Catholics in praying during a National Moment of Prayer in Los Angeles. The California Department of Public Health released a framework under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship that have mostly shuttered their doors since Gov. Gavin Newsom's March stay-at-home order designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. California churches can resume in-person services but worshippers will be limited to 100 people and they should wear masks, avoid sharing prayer books and skip the collection plate under state guidelines released Monday, May 25. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Pool)

International

7.) A Romanian taxi-hailing app is an information service, not a transportation company, and shouldn’t have been fined for not seeking regulatory approval, the EU’s highest court held Thursday. 

(Photo by MichaelGaida from Pixabay)

8.) Hungary’s far-right government suffered a legal setback Thursday in its effort to stop the European Union from treating it as a dangerously undemocratic nation where the rule of law is in jeopardy.

Police officers control the traffic in downtown Budapest during the curfew of the state of emergency as part of the containment measures of Covid-19 in Budapest, Hungary, late Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The restrictions include a curfew between 8 p.m and 5 a.m. further the closure of restaurants, bars as well as recreational and cultural facilities, among them gyms. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

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