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By The Associated Press | Updated - Feb. 2, 2019 at 9:41 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 1, 2019 at 10:46 p.m.



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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has resisted widespread calls for him to step down over a racist photograph that appeared in his medical school yearbook. The photo features someone in blackface and someone in KKK robes. He denies being in the photo, even though he had previously said he was in it. On Saturday, Northam admitted to wearing blackface when he dressed as Michael Jackson during a 1984 dance contest. Northam said he regrets he didn't understand "the harmful legacy of an action like that."

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration says in court filings that removing migrant children from "sponsor" homes to rejoin their parents would endanger their welfare. The government didn't adequately track separated children before a judge in San Diego ruled in June that children in its custody be reunited with their parents. The American Civil Liberties Union wants the order to apply to children who were separated before June. Officials say there may be thousands.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido urged more members of the military to abandon the country's socialist government following the defection of a top general, while President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early National Assembly elections that could oust his challenger. Maduro's call is likely to intensify Venezuela's standoff since Guaido, the U.S. and other nations have called for a new presidential election and the National Assembly is controlled by the opposition.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes of U.S. 101, a vital route between Los Angeles and points north and west, have been reopened from State Route 150 to Milpas. Earlier Saturday night, Caltrans announced that it had opened the highway's southbound lanes. Several miles of U.S. 101 had been closed because of flooding from heavy storms.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Associated Press tally shows that at least 90 state lawmakers across the country have resigned or been removed from office, faced discipline or other repercussions, or been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since the beginning of 2017. And early in 2019 its already clear that the #MeToo movement was not a one year phenomenon in state capitols.

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