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Democrats won’t seat N.C. representative

RALEIGH, N.C. — The dissolution of North Carolina’s elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as incoming U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., rejected the idea of filling the seat until an investigation of ballot fraud allegations is complete.

Gov. Roy Cooper was met with Republican resistance after announcing he would appoint an interim Board of Elections after a three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday that the current board should disband at noon Friday. The Democrat’s move would fill the gap — and allow the board to proceed with a Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing about the 9th District congressional race — until a law governing the statewide elections panel can take effect Jan. 31.

Bomb kills tourists near Giza pyramids

CAIRO — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus Friday near the Giza pyramids, killing two Vietnamese tourists and wounding 12 others, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.

The wounded included 10 Vietnamese tourists, the Egyptian bus driver and the guide.

Weather hampers volcano inspection

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Bad weather and a massive ash column on Friday hindered efforts to assess whether Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another tsunami.

Officials said 426 people died in the tsunami that struck Sumatra and Java without warning last Saturday. It said 23 are missing and over 40,000 displaced.

Immigrant arrested in death of Calif. officer

SAN FRANCISCO — A suspected drunken driver accused of fatally shooting the California police officer who pulled him over was captured Friday as he tried to flee to Mexico, where he had lived before illegally crossing into the U.S., authorities said.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson blamed California’s sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Gustavo Perez Arriaga to federal immigration officials for previous arrests. If the suspect had been deported, he said, Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department would still be alive.

Gov. Jerry Brown has said the law strikes a balance between protecting families and ensuring consequences for criminals. His spokesman said Friday that if the 33-year-old suspect was a known gang member, which the sheriff said he was, police could have provided that information to U.S. authorities.

House GOP ends probe of FBI’s 2016 actions

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have ended their yearlong look into the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of probes into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia in 2016.

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia’s 6th District and Rep. Trey Gowdy, House Oversight and Government Reform chairman, said Friday that further investigation was needed. Both retire next week as the House falls under Democratic control.

— From wire reports


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