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GINNI THOMAS TESTIFIES FOR 1/6 PANEL, REPEATS ELECTION FALSEHOODS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stood by the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview yesterday with the House panel probing the Jan. 6 insurrection. Panel chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi told reporters after the four-hour-plus interview session the meeting was “a work in progress.” He added that as for now, the panel is “glad she came.” Thomas, a conservative activist, texted with White House staff chief Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin after the 2020 election.

RESCUE EFFORTS CONTINUE IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IAN

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Rescue crews have been piloting boats and wading through inundated streets to save thousands of Floridians trapped amid flooded homes and battered buildings left by Hurricane Ian. After strafing Florida, the storm crossed into the Atlantic Ocean — and is headed for another landfall in South Carolina. Hours after easing back to a tropical storm while crossing the Florida peninsula, Ian regained hurricane strength after reaching the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center predicts it will make landfall today in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane.

FIVE SHOT TO DEATH IN CENTRAL TEXAS NEIGHBORHOOD

McGREGOR, Texas (AP) — Five people have been shot to death in a Central Texas residential neighborhood. Officials say it happened around 7:30 a.m. yesterday in McGregor, about 20 miles southwest of Waco. The mayor tells an area TV station (KCEN-TV) an armed man shot at police officers who arrived at the scene. Officers returned fire, but the mayor didn’t say whether the suspect was wounded. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety says a suspect was captured alive. There’s no immediate word on motives, relationships or other details.

LAWSUIT FILED IN CONNECTION WITH UVALDE SCHOOL SHOOTING

UNDATED (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed against eight entities and three individuals for the May shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Del Rio by a parent whose child was wounded in the shooting — and two parents whose kids were present during the massacre. Attorneys for the parents say it’s the first federal lawsuit stemming from the attack. Among the targets are the Uvalde school district, the city and at least three companies that make, sell or provide accessories for firearms.

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