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Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, arrives for a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. Stein is spearheading recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) 

State appeals court said Green Party candidate Jill Stein lacked the standing to request a second look.

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Robert Carl "Bud" McFarlane, second from left, is escorted by Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for National Security adviser, right, and K.T. McFarland, Deputy National Security Adviser for President-elect Donald Trump, second from right, as he departs Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) 

Incoming national security adviser could alienate allies and embolden enemies

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Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said that the numbers from the latest jobs report show that our economy continues to move forward from the worst economic crisis in a generation. This photo was taken during a forum on criminal justice reform in Northwest Washington, D.C. in July 2015. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) 

Labor Department finds job prospects improving

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Michael Slager, center, walks from the Charleston County Courthouse under the protection from the Charleston County Sheriff's Department during a break in the jury deliberations in his trial Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. Slager, a former North Charleston police officer, is charged with murder in the shooting death last year of Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) 

Jury deadlocked in murder trail of accused former police officer Michael Slager

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Emergency crews work in front of the site of a warehouse fire, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbed Monday with more bodies still feared buried in the blackened ruins, and families anxiously awaited word of their missing loved ones. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

Investigators still working to identify victims

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This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. An Associated Press analysis using web intelligence service Domain Tools shows that USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in Veles, which has emerged as the unlikely hub for the distribution of disinformation on Facebook. Both stories shown here are bogus. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)  

AP met the boys who make up the stories

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Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate of the Austrian Greens, and his wife Doris Schmidauer leave a polling station after casting their votes in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Austria holds presidential elections in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) 

Most voters backed his message of "freedom, equality, solidarity."

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French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, left, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, center, stand side by side during the inauguration of a monument dedicated to the collaboration between the French and Russian Armies during the Second World War, in Paris, FrancenJune 21, 2011. Francois Fillon, who polls suggest is a frontrunner in next year’s French Presidential election, wants to end sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, work with Russia to fight the Islamic State group, and insists "Russia poses no threat to the West." (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) 

Russians boast they won the US election

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Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, listens to testimony during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Slager is charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool) 

Bystander video of officer shooting shocked nation

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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. President-elect Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File) 

Since 1979 presidents have not spoken directly to Taiwanese leaders

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