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Posted November 12, 2018 10:38 p.m. EST
Updated November 12, 2018 10:42 p.m. EST

Judge Urges Parties to ‘Ramp Down’ Rhetoric in Florida Recount

For nearly a week, the parking lot behind the Broward County elections office has been the scene of a postelection drama, with protesters demanding the arrest of the local elections supervisor and politicians claiming fraud in the ballot-counting process. Gov. Rick Scott has fueled the fury, sending his lawyers to court in a bid to call in police to prevent any possible tampering with ballot-counting machines. On Monday, the chief circuit judge in the county, Jack Tuter, issued a warning. "I am urging, because of the highly public nature of this case, to ramp down the rhetoric,” the judge said.

Deaths Mount as California Wildfires Burn

Forty-four people have died as of Monday night since California’s three wildfires broke out last week, while many other residents narrowly escaped. The Camp Fire, which erupted in Northern California on Thursday, has killed at least 42 people and burned through 117,000 acres of land. The most destructive fire in the state’s history, it remained just 30 percent contained as of Monday night. The Woolsey Fire outside Los Angeles, which started Thursday and doubled in size overnight, has killed two people and burned nearly 100,000 acres. Both fires prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.

Among Close-Knit Retirees, Worries for the Many Still Not Heard From

Four days after a blaze called the Camp Fire ripped through the small town of Paradise, the sheriff’s office said that more than 200 residents are still missing. It is a staggering number in a place that has already experienced the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history. When asked about his team’s progress in the search, Sheriff Kory Honea of Butte County said, “We have a lot of work to do.” Among the missing are many older residents of Ridgewood Mobile Home Park, a close-knit retirement community.

Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona on Monday, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions, according to The Associated Press. Sinema’s victory over Martha McSally, a Republican congresswoman and former Air Force pilot, marks the first Democratic triumph since 1976 in a battle for an open Senate seat in Arizona. Sinema takes the seat being vacated by Jeff Flake. Sinema’s victory guarantees the Democrats at least 47 Senate seats. Republicans control 51, with two still undecided.

Bishops’ Plan to Curb Abuse Is Derailed

Facing a reignited crisis of credibility over child sexual abuse, the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States came to a meeting in Baltimore on Monday prepared to show that they could hold themselves accountable. But in a last-minute surprise, the Vatican instructed the bishops to delay voting on a package of corrective measures until next year, when Pope Francis plans to hold a summit in Rome on the sexual abuse crisis for bishops from around the world. Many of the more than 350 American bishops gathered in Baltimore appeared stunned when they learned of the change of plans.

Senators Prepare Push for a Sentencing Overhaul

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on the most substantial rewrite of the nation’s sentencing and prison laws in a generation, giving judges more latitude to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences and easing drug sentences that have incarcerated African-Americans at much higher rates than white offenders. The lawmakers believe they can get the measure to President Donald Trump during the final weeks of the year if the president embraces it. Lawmakers and outside advocates involved in the push expect Trump to render his judgment on the package as soon as this week.

Witness in Mueller Inquiry Expects Charges of Lying

Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and friend of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, said Monday that his two-month-long cooperation with the special counsel’s office has broken down and he expects to be charged with lying to investigators or a federal grand jury. Corsi, who said he has cooperated since August with prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller, predicted his own indictment in a YouTube livestream that included a plea for money to cover his legal fees. He offered no independent corroboration, and he has a history of lobbing public grenades. Corsi’s lawyer, David Gray, had no comment.

Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics

If Stan Lee revolutionized the comic book world in the 1960s, which he did, he left as big a stamp — maybe bigger — on the even wider pop culture landscape of today. Think of “Spider-Man,” the blockbuster movie franchise and Broadway spectacle. And the Hulk, the X-Men, Thor and other film and television juggernauts. If all that entertainment product can be traced to one person, it would be Stan Lee, who died in Los Angeles on Monday at 95. He helped conjure a lineup of pulp-fiction heroes that has come to define much of popular culture.