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Top eight stories for today including the First Circuit ruled border agents can confiscate phones and laptops for weeks even if they don’t have any reason to suspect the owner is guilty of a crime; The Atlanta area’s top prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation into former President Trump’s attempts to overturn his electoral defeat in Georgia; House impeachment managers kicked off the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the First Circuit ruled border agents can confiscate phones and laptops for weeks even if they don’t have any reason to suspect the owner is guilty of a crime; The Atlanta area’s top prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation into former President Trump’s attempts to overturn his electoral defeat in Georgia; House impeachment managers kicked off the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial, and more.

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National

1.) Border agents can turn on a U.S. citizen’s laptop, phone or other digital device, scroll through the data and then confiscate it for weeks even if they don’t have any reason to suspect that the owner is guilty of a crime, the First Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

A traveler with Global Entry or TSA PreCheck goes through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sept. 26, 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

2.) The 21 young people behind a landmark climate lawsuit will appeal its dismissal to the U.S. Supreme Court, their attorney said after the Ninth Circuit refused a rehearing on Wednesday.

FILE- In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. For more than two years President Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Starting Monday, he can finally do something about it. But the withdrawal process will take a year and doesn’t become official until the day after the 2020 presidential election. And if someone other than Trump wins in 2020, the next president can get back in the deal in just 30 days. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

3.) Where frenzied marauders once prowled the Senate floor hellbent on overturning the results of the 2020 election, House impeachment managers on Wednesday kicked off the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. 

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., lead manager, together with Democratic House impeachment managers follow acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Tim Blodgett, front, walk through the Statuary Hall in the Capitol, as the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins in the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

4.) Doubling up on cloth and surgical face masks can give twice as much protection as using a single mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection reported Wednesday. 

Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, adjusts her face masks while asking a question as lawmakers discuss and debate bills in their chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

5.) A federal judge Wednesday tentatively declined a Robinhood app user’s bid to block the online brokerage firm from restricting purchases of certain stocks and from manipulating the price of shares.

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2020 file photo shows the logo for the Robinhood app on a smartphone in New York. The online trading platform Robinhood is moving to restrict trading in GameStop and other stocks that have soared recently due to rabid buying by smaller investors. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Regional

6.) The Atlanta area’s top prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn his electoral defeat in Georgia.  

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Richard B. Russell Airport, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

7.) New York standards dictating which political parties are listed on the ballot will remain in place while a statewide party fights against the recently enacted measures, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

A voter drops his absentee ballot into a box at a special table set aside for that purpose on the last day of early voting, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at Columbia University's Forum in the West Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

International

8.) Pressing for the country’s “immediate return to democracy,” President Joe Biden announced U.S. action against Myanmar Wednesday after a military coup last month that resulted in the arrests of hundreds of the country’s democratic party leaders.

Buddhist monks lead a protest march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Protesters continued to gather Wednesday morning in Mandalay breaching Myanmar's new military rulers' decrees that effectively banned peaceful public protests in the country's two biggest cities. (AP Photo)

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