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Buckle up: Arizona Republicans to show 2020 recount results

PHOENIX -- Ten months after Donald Trump lost his 2020 reelection bid in Arizona, supporters hired by Arizona Senate Republicans were preparing to deliver the results of an unprecedented partisan election review that is the climax of a bizarre quest to find evidence supporting the former president's false claim that he lost because of fraud.
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U.S. House to vote on abortion rights as Roe is challenged

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is set to vote on legislation aimed at guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion, a bill that reflects the Democratic Party's response to a restrictive new Texas law that has placed access under threat.
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Late-night talk shows put competition aside for joint focus on climate change

Sewage treatment, sea turtles and a depressing condom ad all came up in jokes when late-night television hosts united for one night to turn their comic lenses to climate change.
Eight late-night hosts devoted a portion of their programs Wednesday and early Thursday to the issue, part of a Climate Week initiative timed to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
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Texas announces audit of 2020 votes after Trump urges review

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Texas election officials said Thursday night they were auditing the 2020 results in four large counties hours after former U.S. President Donald Trump, continuing to falsely claim the election was stolen, pressed Republican Gov.
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Boyfriend of slain Gabby Petito charged with bank card fraud

BILLINGS, MONT. -- The boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, was charged with unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continued looking for him Thursday in Florida swampland.
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Jan. 6 rioter who took beer from Pelosi's office pleads guilty

An Oklahoma man who took a beer from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the January 6 insurrection pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor offense.
Andrew Ericson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of illegally protesting inside the US Capitol, which has become a standard charge for rioters who aren't accused of any violent activity.
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Relatives of Florida condo collapse victims disagree over where memorial should be built

The fight over whether the site of June's deadly Florida condominium collapse should be sold for development or turned into a memorial boiled over at a court hearing Thursday, with some victims' relatives begging for time to find a buyer who won't put a new luxury high-rise there.
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House Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump advisers, associates

WASHINGTON -- A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has issued its first subpoenas, demanding records and testimony from four of former President Donald Trump's close advisers and associates who were in contact with him before and during the attack.
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Woman arrested on suspicion of starting California blaze

REDDING, CALIF. -- A San Francisco Bay Area woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a wildfire that spread rapidly through a rural area, prompting evacuations orders Thursday in a Northern California community, authorities said.
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Former Catalan leader who fled Spain in 2017 detained on Italian island

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained Thursday in Sardinia, Italy, his lawyer said.
Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the European Parliament, has been fighting extradition to Spain, which accused him and other Catalan independence leaders of sedition.
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Somalis go to the movies for the first time in 30 years

Filmmaker Kaif Jama was thrilled to see people in the seats at Somalia's National Theatre in Mogadishu on Wednesday to watch two films, the first films screened for the public in the country for 30 years.
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North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

SEOUL -- South Korea's call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the "U.S. hostile policy" toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday, citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song.
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Investigators hope for new leads in Boston museum robbery

HARTFORD, CONN. -- The chief investigator for a Boston museum still working to recover US$500 million worth of art stolen in 1990 said Thursday he was hoping for new leads to emerge following the death of a highly scrutinized figure in the case.
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