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AP Trending SummaryBrief at 11:59 p.m. EST | Nation | The Daily … – Galveston County Daily News

Cloudy early then partly cloudy and windy later in the day. High 62F. NW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph..
Clear with gusty winds. Low around 25F. Winds N at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
Updated: December 22, 2022 @ 12:16 am
December 22, 2022

Kari Lake trial to be Arizona governor lacks day 1 shockers
PHOENIX (AP) — Since her loss in the Arizona governor’s race, Republican Kari Lake has claimed the election was stolen and promised bombshells showing she was the rightful winner. But on the first day of trial in her election challenge Wednesday, her lawyers alleged small-bore problems that didn’t appear to show the widespread, intentional misconduct she would need to prove. Hobbs lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes. Her lawyers are focusing on problems with ballot printers at some polling places in Maricopa County, where defective printers produced ballots too light to be read by the on-site tabulators at polling places. They also claimed the chain of custody for ballots was broken at an off-site facility.
Ardern, rival turn her hot-mic vulgarity into charity’s win
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was caught on a hot mic using a vulgarity against a rival politician last week, it seemed the nation’s politics could be taking an ugly turn heading into an election year. But Ardern and her target, lawmaker David Seymour, agreed on a plan to make good. They both signed an official parliamentary transcript of Ardern’s comment and auctioned it off for charity. The auction closed Thursday with a top bid of $63,000. The head of the Prostate Cancer Foundation thanked both politicians for their “classy” reaction. He said the money was a huge boost after recent fundraising activities were curtailed by COVID-19.
Argentina’s government defends chaotic World Cup parade
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s government is defending the massive parade to welcome the soccer World Cup winners a day earlier even though it was abruptly cut short amid organizational chaos and millions of people in the streets. After days of high-profile activity, captain Lionel Messi, and most of the other members of the national soccer team that won one of the great World Cup finals of all time, are largely staying behind closed doors, spending time with family and friends. There had been lots of speculation that Rosario, Argentina’s third-largest city, would carry out its own event to celebrate hometown hero Messi. But after Tuesday’s chaos in Buenos Aires, where millions took to the streets eager to get a glimpse of the winning team, officials are emphasizing that the players prefer to rest.
Pageantry evoking Churchill greets Zelenskyy in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time of grave consequence, a wartime leader crosses the Atlantic to arrive at a White House decked in holiday decor to consult with the American president about a war in Europe. The moment was Dec. 22, 1941, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill landed near Washington to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Almost 81 years later to the day, the pageantry of that trip was echoed on Wednesday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy touched down at Joint Base Andrews just outside the capital for a surprise visit with President Joe Biden and an address to Congress.
Chance the Rapper to bring free concert, festival to Ghana
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chance the Rapper took a trip to the Motherland that ultimately birthed an idea of creating a free concert marrying music and art in West Africa. The Grammy winner along with rapper Vic Mensa will host the inaugural Black Star Line festival next year in Accra, Ghana. The weeklong festival will feature events, panel discussions and performances on Jan. 6 from Chance, Mensa, Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih, Sarkodie and Tobe Nwigwe. The event will be held in Accra’s Black Star Square, a monument to the political freedom that was won by Ghanaians in 1957. Chance says he wants to bridge the gap between Black people abroad and Africa.
‘Get Carter,’ ‘Flash Gordon’ director Mike Hodges dies at 90
LONDON (AP) — British filmmaker Mike Hodges has died at the age of 90. Friend Mike Kaplan says the director of gangland thriller “Get Carter” and sci-fi cult classic “Flash Gordon” died at his home in the county of Dorset in southwest England on Saturday. No cause of death was given. Hodges’ debut feature film was “Get Carter.” The 1971 gangster movie starring Michael Caine is now considered a classic. His other films included “The Terminal Man,” “Flash Gordon” and “A Prayer for the Dying.” Hodge’s 1998 movie “Croupier” gave Clive Owen a breakout role as a dealer in a London casino. Owen also starred in Hodges’ final film “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” released in 2003.
Storm adds uncertainty to strong holiday travel demand
Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive winter storm might. Forecasters are predicting heavy snow, ice and powerful winds between Thursday and Saturday across much of the country. Delta, United and other airlines say they are loosening their change fee policies so travelers can choose new flights and avoid the bad weather. The weather added uncertainty to what’s expected to be a busy travel season. AAA estimates that nearly 113 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. That’s 4% higher than last year.
Associates of FTX founder plead guilty to criminal charges
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says two associates of Sam Bankman-Fried have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in cooperation deals related to the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Wednesday night that Carolyn Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research, a trading firm started by Bankman-Fried, and Gary Wang, who co-founded FTX along with Bankman-Fried, pleaded guilty to charges “related to their roles in the fraud that contributed to FTX’s collapse.” The guilty pleas were announced as Bankman-Fried was being flown to the U.S. from the Bahamas by U.S. law enforcement to answer to charges tied to his role in FTX’s failure.
California town grapples with toll of quake on homes, water
RIO DELL, Calif. (AP) — A store manager is giving away items to families trying to jumpstart their lives after an earthquake cut off the town’s water and power. Just days before Christmas in the Rio Dell, the community grapples with the aftermath of early Tuesday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake. The quake injured at least 17 people, shook homes off foundations, damaged water systems and left tens of thousands of people without electricity for hours. When a mill went bankrupt and a major thoroughfare moved, residents say the former lumber town became a shadow of its former self. But it remains a place where people know each other, and help each other, too.
New York to open first legal pot dispensary by year’s end
NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s first legal dispensary for recreational marijuana is set to open Dec. 29. The opening of the Manhattan dispensary will mark the long-awaited launch of a cannabis industry that will certainly become one of the country’s most lucrative. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that Housing Works will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. The minority-controlled nonprofit serves people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people. The announcement was made one month after the Cannabis Control Board issued its first round of licenses.
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