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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court upholding the use of no-warning deadly force in the case of a New Mexico police officer who killed a gun wielding man; the prosecution rests in the death penalty phase of the Charleston church shooting trial; President-elect Donald Trump ready to name his son-in-law as a senior adviser, and more.

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1.) Supreme Court Upholds No-Warning Deadly Force

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a summary reversal Monday in favor of a New Mexico police officer who gave no warning before he shot and killed a gun-wielding man.

2.) Prosecution Rests in Death Penalty Phase of Church Shooting Case

Prosecutors rested their death penalty case against Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof Monday after four days of testimony. The government’s final witnesses were three relatives of Tywanza Sanders, the youngest victim of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

3.) Trump to Name Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser

President-elect Donald Trump intends to name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser in the White House, according to multiple news reports.

4.) Accused Airport Gunman Appears in Court

The Iraq War veteran accused of killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last week made his first court appearance Monday, appearing to shake and take a series of deep breaths as he was told he could face the death penalty.

5.) Justices Snuff Out ‘American Sniper’ Defamation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday extinguished a $1.8 million defamation award against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, who claimed he knocked down Jesse Ventura, a former wrestler and governor of Minnesota, in a bar fight.

6.)  High Court Nixes Suit Against Backpage.com

The U.S. Supreme Court put an end Monday to claims by a trio who say that they were trafficked for underage sex via Backpage.com, the embattled classifieds website.

7.) Malaria Vaccine Proves Effective in Clinical Trial

A recent clinical trial with human volunteers showed a next-generation malaria vaccine stimulates an appropriate immune response and had a favorable safety profile, offering a potential tool against the devastating mosquito-borne virus.

8.) Desegregation Trial Kicking Off in Maryland

Over a decade in the works, a federal trial kicking off Monday will determine what steps Maryland must take to dismantle systemic segregation in higher education.