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    Alaska is holding two elections Tuesday. In one, voters get their first shot at using ranked choice voting in a statewide election in a U.S. House special election in which Sarah Palin seeks a return to elected office. The former governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee faces Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola in the race to fill the remainder of Rep. Don Young's term. Young died in March. The winner may not be known until late August. The other election is the state primary, in which the top four vote-getters in races for U.S. Senate, House, governor and legislature will advance to the general election.

      Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed no regret for the deadly attack by Palestinian militants against Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics half a century ago. Eleven Israeli athletes and a German police officer died after the Black September group took hostages at the Olympic Village in 1972. At the time of the attack, the group was linked to Abbas’ Fatah party. Asked Tuesday whether as Palestinian leader he planned to apologize for the attack ahead of the 50th anniversary next month, Abbas responded by citing allegations of atrocities committed by Israel since 1947. Speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after a meeting in Berlin, Abbas described Israel's action as “Holocausts.” Scholz later called the comments “unacceptable.”

        The head of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for cooperation amid signs the North may send laborers to Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. North Korea's state media said Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin expressed hope his Moscow-backed republic and North Korea could achieve “equally beneficial bilateral cooperation agreeing with the interests” of their people. North Korea last month recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk separatist regions. There are indications North Korea may send workers for restoration projects in those regions, which could run against U.N. Security Council sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

          A California appeals court says a church that defied safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding large religious services won’t have to pay about $200,000 in fines. The 6th District Court of Appeals on Monday reversed the fines and contempt-of-court findings against Calvary Chapel San Jose for holding the gatherings in 2020 and 2021 at the peak of the pandemic. The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that said the size limits on indoor worship services violated freedom of religion. However, the county of San Jose says the ruling doesn't cover other COVID-19 rules violations, such as mask-wearing, and it will continue to seek some $2.3 million in penalties over those regulations.

          After his second impeachment, former President Donald Trump made it his mission to defeat Rep. Liz Cheney, his chief Republican rival. On Tuesday, he succeeded.


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          After his second impeachment, former President Donald Trump made it his mission to defeat Rep. Liz Cheney, his chief Republican rival. On Tuesday, he succeeded.

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