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10 Things to Know for Friday

Posted 9:06 p.m. Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. TRUMP CLAIMS WITCH HUNT

The president denies that his campaign has collaborated with Russia or that he's tried to kill an FBI probe, contending a newly heightened investigation "hurts our country terribly."

2. TRUMP EMBARKS ON FIRST TRIP ABROAD

The president will carry the baggage of dire troubles at home during his five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe.

3. HOW TRUMP'S SUPPORTERS EXPLAIN HIS WOES

Some focus on leakers working to undermine the president. Some see a conspiratorial plot, powered by holdovers of the Obama administration.

4. UTAH'S REP. JASON CHAFFETZ EXPECTED TO LEAVE OFFICE BY END OF JUNE

His resignation calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation into Trump and his campaign's ties with Russia.

5. WHAT ROGER AILES' LEGACY IS

Through a career spanning a half-century, the Fox News founder mastered the art of media messaging and applied it to politics and broadcasting.

6. CAR MOWS DOWN TIMES SQUARE PEDESTRIANS FOR BLOCKS

Law enforcement officials say the driver, who killed a teenager and then emerged from his vehicle wild-eyed, was hearing voices and thought he was going to die.

7. WHO REFUSES TO STEP DOWN AMID GRAFT ALLEGATIONS

Brazilian President Michel Temer rejects calls for his resignation, saying he will fight accusations that he endorsed paying hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption.

8. FRANCE'S LE PEN TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT

"I cannot imagine not being at the head of my troops in a battle I consider fundamental," the far-right leader says.

9. AT CANNES, BOOS CAN CRUSH FILM

It's the festival's own version of the Roman gladiator thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and its judgments can be just as harsh.

10. CHELSEA MANNING SHOWS LOOK AS WOMAN

The transgender soldier posts on Twitter and Instagram a photograph of her with short-cropped hair, bright red lipstick and a dark outfit with a plunging neckline.

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