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Top eight stories for today including the Trump administration will not set tougher standards on the U.S.’s most widespread deadly air pollutant, soot; A new study found the 2018 California wildfires cost $150 billion in economic losses; Trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union entered the final stretch, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the Trump administration will not set tougher standards on the U.S.’s most widespread deadly air pollutant, soot; A new study found the 2018 California wildfires cost $150 billion in economic losses; Trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union entered the final stretch, and more.

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National

1.) In the midst of a respiratory pandemic, the Trump administration announced Monday that it will not set tougher standards on the U.S.’s most widespread deadly air pollutant, soot.

The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., on Friday, July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

2.) A yearslong battle over a medieval collection sold to the Nazis in 1935, now estimated to be worth a quarter of a billion dollars, brought the heirs of Jewish art dealers to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, the medieval Dome Reliquary (13th century) of the Welfenschatz, is displayed at the Bode Museum in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

3.) New research revealed Sunday finds that time spent in Covid-related lockdown increases binge drinking among adults.

Regional

4.) A study released Monday found that the 2018 California wildfires cost $150 billion in economic losses — roughly 0.7% of the gross domestic product of the United States — a staggering number amid numerous wildfires that have popped up since then.

Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif., Dec. 3, 2018. (AP photo/Noah Berger,File)

5.) The full Fourth Circuit seemed hesitant Monday to allow Republican members of the North Carolina Legislature to intervene in a dispute over the state’s voter ID law. 

Monday was the first day for advance voting in Georgia and people showed up by the hundreds to cast their ballot early at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

6.) The aggressive spread of Covid-19 in recent weeks has forced the Los Angeles Unified School District — the nation’s second largest — to end in-person learning and day care for 4,000 students.

Staff at Belvedere Middle School in Los Angeles maintain the grounds while students work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The school, which opened its doors in 1924, serves grades 6 through 8 under the LA Unified School District, the second largest district in the country. (Courthouse News photo / Martin Macias Jr.)

7.) A group of Boston taxi operators found some passing room Monday trying to persuade the First Circuit that Uber had illegally competed with them by running an unlicensed cab company. 

Taxis wait in a holding area at Miami International Airport. (Lynne Sladk/Associated Press)

International

8.) In only 25 days, the United Kingdom will be out of the European Union for good. But one crucial thing is still missing: An agreement on the terms of trade between the U.K. and the club of nations it’s turned its back on.

A pedestrian walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in December 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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