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1. GET COUNTING
Judge Orders Review of All Provisional Ballots in Georgia


A federal judge late Monday ordered the review of thousands of provisional ballots that haven’t been counted in Georgia’s tight governor race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. Judge Amy Totenberg said the race cannot be officially certified until those ballots, believed to have been issued to as many as 27,000 voters, have been reviewed and counted. Abrams would need to gain more than 20,000 votes to force a runoff against Kemp. Judge Totenberg’s order also calls for a hotline for voters to check if their provisional ballots were counted, a review of voter registrations, and updated reports from the state government about why so many voters were required to use provisional ballots. The Georgia race has been beset with voter-suppression claims for weeks after a series of controversial moves by Kemp, who declined to step down as the top Georgia elections official—even though he was overseeing the election he was a candidate in.


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2. UNPRECEDENTED
Camp Fire Becomes Deadliest Ever in CA as More Bodies Found


Thirteen more victims of Northern California’s Camp Fire have been found, bringing the death toll to 42 and making the blaze the deadliest ever recorded in the state. Authorities said late Monday that several bodies were found in burned-out cars, next to vehicles, or in charred homes, many of them apparently succumbing to smoke or fire as they desperately tried to flee the inferno. Four days after the fire erupted in the small town of Paradise—which has been almost entirely incinerated—hundreds of residents are missing, and the grim search for bodies continues. As of Monday night, the blaze was 30 percent contained after swallowing up 117,000 acres of land and destroying more than 6,450 homes. In addition to the 42 killed in the Camp Fire, two more people were confirmed dead over the weekend as a result of the Woolsey Fire sweeping through Malibu.


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3. GOT YOUR BACK
Bolton Insists Khashoggi Tape Doesn’t Implicate Crown Prince


John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has insisted the recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder doesn’t implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the crime, despite one member of the hit squad reportedly being heard instructing a superior over the phone to “tell your boss.” The recording has been seen by Turkish intelligence officers as some of the strongest evidence linking the de facto Saudi leader to the murder, according to The New York Times, which first reported the detail. Speaking in Singapore, where he’s attending a summit, Bolton said early Tuesday that he hadn’t heard the recording himself—but, asked if it links the crown prince to the killing, he said: “That’s not the conclusion I think that the people who heard it have come to, and that’s certainly not the position of the Saudi government.” Bolton added: “The president has made it clear he wants to get to the bottom of this.” Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer critical of the crown prince, was strangled to death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October.


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4. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST?
Report: Trump Gearing Up to Fire DHS Secretary Nielsen


President Trump is reportedly preparing to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen within the next few weeks and has already begun telling aides about the plan. Five current and former White House officials cited by The Washington Post late Monday said the president canceled an upcoming trip with Nielsen to visit U.S. troops at the border and told aides he wants her gone as soon as possible. The two have reportedly butted heads for months, with Trump said to be complaining about what he sees as Nielsen’s poor immigration enforcement and Nielsen confiding in colleagues that she’s unhappy in the job, according to the Post. While Chief of Staff John Kelly is reportedly fighting to keep Nielsen on, his own future in the administration is in question, three White House aides told the Post. Trump could reportedly announce Nielsen’s departure as early as this week.


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6. WHAT HAPPENED
Homeowner Says PG&E Planned Work Near Camp Fire Origin


A woman who lives near the origin of Northern California’s Camp Fire claims Pacific Gas & Electric Co. notified her last week that it planned to work on equipment near her property, fueling further questions about the utility’s role in what has become California’s most destructive wildfire. BetsyAnn Cowley, 31, lives in Pulga, where the deadly Camp Fire started. She said she received an email from PG&E the day before the fire broke out saying it had to do repair work on equipment on or near her property. “They told me they were coming through because of problems with the lines,” Cowley said. Cal Fire officials haven’t said what caused the blaze but power equipment in the area is being investigated as a possible source. PG&E admitted last week a high-voltage power line near the origin point experienced a problem around the time of the fire’s beginning. Shares of PG&E’s parent company fell sharply Monday as investors grew concerned about its link to the Camp Fire. PG&E came under withering criticism last year when its transmission lines and other equipment were linked to 16 Napa Valley wildfires, as well as incidents throughout the region.


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7. NO-GO ZONE?
U.S. Colleges See Another Drop in Foreign Students


The number of international students enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities has tumbled for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group that tracks admissions said Tuesday. Foreign students, who represent an important income stream for U.S. education institutions, are being deterred by a range of factors, including visa and immigration policy changes by the Trump administration, a strong U.S. dollar, Canadian and European competitors, and widespread mass shootings, the Institute of International Education said. The body reported a 6.6 percent slump in 2017-2018 compared with the previous year, which was itself down 3.3 percent from the 2015-2016 academic year.


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8. ‘UNPROVOKED’
Officer Who Shot Bar Bouncer Used ‘Excessive’ Force: Lawsuit


The Illinois police officer who shot an armed bar bouncer to death used excessive force, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Monday. The mother of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson filed the suit in U.S. District Court, claiming the Midlothian police officer “was unprovoked” when he shot Roberson while responding to a bar shooting Sunday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the suit alleges: “The shooting death of the Decedent, Jemel Roberson, was unjustified. The shooting death of the Decedent, Jemel Roberson, was excessive and unreasonable.” While the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Roberson was shot by the unnamed officer inside the bar, the lawsuit alleges Roberson was shot outside. According to the newspaper, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Roberson “died of multiple gunshot wounds” and ruled his death a homicide. The Midlothian police officer was reportedly responding to a shooting at Manny’s Blue Room early Sunday morning when he allegedly saw Roberson and fatally shot him. Witnesses to the shooting claim everyone was shouting that Roberson was a security guard, but the officer shot him anyway.


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9. ‘PRETTY ASININE’
Report: Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model From Pilots


Boeing held back information about possible malfunctions with the new flight-control feature that’s believed to have played a role in the Lion Air jet crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia last month, The Wall Street Journal reports. FAA officials and safety experts involved in the investigation told the Journal that the automated stall-prevention system on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models can kick in and send a plane into a steep dive even if pilots are manually flying the aircraft. Investigators are still working to determine if that is what caused the Lion Air flight out of Jakarta to plunge into the Java Sea on Oct. 29. Boeing warned airlines about that risk in a safety bulletin issued just days after the crash—but pilots who fly the latest models for U.S. airlines were reportedly left in the dark about not only the potential risks but the new system itself. “It’s pretty asinine for them to put a system on an airplane and not tell the pilots who are operating the airplane, especially when it deals with flight controls,” Capt. Mike Michaelis, chairman of the safety committee for the Allied Pilots Association, told the Journal. An unnamed high-level Boeing official quoted in the report said the company had decided to leave out certain details about the new models so as not to overwhelm average pilots with more information than they would need. Boeing has yet to comment on the claims but said the company is “taking every measure” to understand what caused the Lion Air crash.


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The Wall Street Journal




10. DISPATCHED
Amazon Picks Prime Real Estate in NY and Virginia for HQ2


Amazon is expected to announce Tuesday the conclusion of its high-profile, 14-month-long search for a second headquarters, splitting its new “HQ2,” which will employ 25,000 people, between the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York. The announcement dashes hopes of a new tech hub emerging in a regional city in Middle America as many observers had hoped. Crystal City was originally built in the 1960s and 1970s to house defense contractors but has in recent years become home to a growing number of tech startups. Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is home base to 45,000 staffers.


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