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FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) **FILE**

McConnell rejects Mueller protection bill

- The Washington Times

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly rejected the need to approve legislation protecting the special counsel’s probe into the 2016 election, saying Wednesday there’s no evidence the investigation needs protection.

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In this photo provided by the Jasic Workers Support Group and taken Aug 2018, members of the Jasic Workers Support Group pose for a group photo after a campaign promoting worker's rights in Dezhou city in Guangdong province. Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists including Zhang Shengye, a recent graduate of Peking University, seen at the right standing row, who have been missing since the weekend. (Jasic Workers Support Group via AP)

Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

- Associated Press

Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend.

Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

- Associated Press

An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector.

Employees at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office feed ballots through a machine as they count votes during a recount, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Overheating machines complicate Florida's recount battle

- Associated Press

Florida's election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the U.S. Senate and governor races.

A worker loads ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office during a recount on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

AP Explains: Is Florida's election recount screwed up?

- Associated Press

Florida's election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties. Long lines, ballot shortages and other problems followed statewide, both during early voting and on Election Day. Now the state is having recounts in its U.S. Senate and governor races.

Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police during a protest over election ballot counts in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia's Kemp claims 'insurmountable lead;' Dems cast doubt

- Associated Press

As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race.

AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Augusta, Maine. Poliquin filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in an attempt to stop a tabulation of ranked-choice ballots in his race against Democratic challenger Jared Golden. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Judge, ballot counters in race to finish in Maine election

- Associated Press

A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday aimed at stopping Maine's unusual ranked-balloting system, even as election staff scanned votes to determine the winner of last week's congressional race.

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, Josh Harder, second from right, the Democratic candidate for the California 10th Congressional District, talks with supporters, Ceres High students Matthew Ochoa, left, and Elizabeth Lopez, second from left, in Modesto, Calif. Harder was joined by California Congressional Rep. Pete Aguilar, Southern Californian Democrat, who came to campaign with Harder in his attempt to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Denham in the November election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham

- Associated Press

First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.