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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has started its presidential election recount. Oakland County, in the Detroit area, started re-counting its votes today after a federal judge ordered elections officials to get the process moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline. A second county also started today, and other counties will follow this week. The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Wisconsin's recount started last week. Green Party lawyers filed a lawsuit in a Philadelphia federal court earlier today, asking a judge to order a recount in Pennsylvania.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore says he had a "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. He met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York today and spoke briefly to reporters afterward. He categorized his meeting as a "sincere search for common ground." Gore says he also met with Ivanka Trump, the president-elect's daughter. Transition officials had said they would discuss climate change, which is Gore's signature issue. The president-elect called man-made climate change a hoax.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's asking the federal government for $35 million to cover costs related to security for President-elect Donald Trump. De Blasio says the request was made in a letter to President Barack Obama. The security includes a New York Police Department detail at the president-elect's home on Fifth Avenue.

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has gone to the presidential palace in Rome to tender his resignation. Renzi said earlier today that he would offer his resignation as promised because his reforms referendum was resoundingly defeated in a vote yesterday. The country's president could accept the resignation or ask Renzi to stay on at least for a while as a budget is considered.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently for parts of the Mississippi Delta. Scientists have long pointed out that warmer air holds more moisture, so man-made climate change will increase the frequency of extreme downpours. The increase, they say, has already started. The study is in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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