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WASHINGTON (AP) — CNN is inviting Gov. Chris Christie back to prime time for Tuesday's Republican presidential debate. The New Jersey governor had been dropped from the main stage during the last debate. Christie is one of nine Republican presidential candidates to qualify for the main event this time. Also qualifying is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who the network says was "on the bubble" late last week.

PARIS (AP) — Three polling agencies are projecting that the far-right National Front has been routed in regional election runoffs despite dominating the first-round vote last Sunday. Party leader Marine Le Pen and her niece lost their bids to run two French regions seen as an important test for the anti-immigrant party. The pollsters project that the opposition conservatives and governing Socialists won control of France's 13 regions.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — At least 19 women have won seats on local municipal councils in Saudi Arabia after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country's history. That's according to initial results of yesterday's voting released to The Associated Press. The conservative capital of Riyadh (rih-YAHD') saw the most women candidates win, with four elected.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The third winter-like storm in a week is bringing rain and strong winds to much of Northern California and snow to the Sierra Nevada. The rain is making driving treacherous in spots. The California Highway Patrol says one person was injured in an accident on Highway 101 that blocked all lanes near San Rafael, north of San Francisco.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle may soon become the first city to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft collectively bargain over pay and working conditions. The city council votes tomorrow on whether to extend collective bargaining rights for drivers of taxis, for-hire transportation companies and app-based ride-hailing services that are part of the growing on-demand economy. The companies oppose the idea.

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