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UNDATED (AP) — Michigan is under a noon deadline from a federal judge to begin recounting presidential ballots as requested by Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein. Stein's focus also includes Wisconsin, where a recount has begun, and Pennsylvania, where the Green Party will seek federal court assistance today. Stein says her intent is to verify the accuracy of the vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court arguments are scheduled today examining the redrawing of congressional districts in North Carolina and Virginia. African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing the districts. North Carolina and Virginia argue that they were trying to preserve majority-black districts.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters are claiming a major victory but insist they're staying put at a North Dakota encampment near the planned route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline despite today's deadline to leave. The Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a reservoir. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters argue that extending the project beneath the reservoir would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

LONDON (AP) — There's a court hearing in London today over Britain's plan to leave the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May's government will ask Supreme Court justices to overturn a ruling that Parliament must hold a vote before Britain's exit negotiations can begin. May plans to use powers known as royal prerogative, which would allow her to trigger Brexit without a parliamentary vote.

TOKYO (AP) — There were some nerves today at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant when a pumping system providing cooling to one of the melted reactors shut down. It turns out a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow isle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system. It was nearly an hour before a backup pump kicked in but officials say there was no temperature increase or radiation release.

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