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CA BAR SHOOTING
Mourners gathered to hold hands, to sing and to wonder how one of the safest cities in America, Thousands Oaks, California, could become a killing zone. Hundreds of people gathered Thursday evening to remember the dozen people shot and killed by a Marine veteran at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill the night before. At least 12 people, including an officer, were killed late Wednesday when a gunman opened fire. The lone suspect, 28-year-old Ian David Long, was found dead inside the bar. Authorities believe he shot himself.

CA WILDFIRE
- Mandatory evacuations are underway in Northern California as the Camp Fire continues to blaze through at least 20,000 acres. The blaze is concentrated in the Feather River Canyon off Highway 70 in Pugla. The entire town of Paradise was under evacuation as several homes in the area became engulfed in the fire, Cal Fire Public Information Officer Scott McClean said at a press conference Thursday. 
- Authorities early Friday issued new mandatory evacuation orders in Ventura County as the fast-moving Woolsey fire raged into the Oak Park community, growing to 8,000 acres as it destroyed homes and reportedly left people trapped. Authorities had requested 10 additional fire strike teams to help protect the structures threatened by the blaze, the Ventura County Star said. Areas placed under mandatory evacuation were the entire community of Oak Park, in Thousand Oaks

MUELLER
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors are in the process of writing a final report on the nearly 18-month long investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election, sources tell ABC News.  The timing for when a final report would be submitted by the special counsel’s office is still unclear, and sources say there is also no clear timeline for when Mueller will wrap his investigation.
- There were sizeable demonstrations around the country Thursday night in support of Robert Mueller and the Russia probe.  Crowds were reported in New York’s Times Square, Philadelphia’s Center City, downtown Chicago, the White House and a handful of smaller cities,
- Matthew Whitaker, who was named acting attorney general by President Donald Trump on Wednesday in the wake of Jeff Sessions' resignation, has ties to a Florida-based company that came under fire from the Federal Trade Commission last year, which sued the firm for allegedly running an “invention-promotion scam.” 

VOTE 2018
- FL SENATE: On Thursday night, Rick Scott announced he has filed a lawsuit against Broward and Palm Beach counties for not counting ballot in a timely manner, as required by law.  Scott says he and Bill Nelson are separated by 15,000 vote for Nelson’s Senate seat in Florida.   Nelson responded: “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.” 
- AZ SENATE: A judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit filed by Republican party officials seeking to prevent some mailed-in ballots from being counted in Arizona's nail-biter of a Senate race that now shows Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in the lead.  Lawyers for Arizona's largest county told a judge that only a tiny percentage of the nearly 500,000 ballots they have yet to count could be affected by a Republican-led lawsuit seeking to limit their tabulation.
- GA GOV: Two days after polls closed in the race for Georgia’s next governor, things got even more heated. One side declared victory, with the other still promising to fight. Republican Brian Kemp moved forward with the transition to the state's Capitol on Thursday, but the team for Democrat Stacey Abrams says every vote should be counted first.

TRUMP/PARIS 
President Trump departs the White House Friday morning en route to Paris for the weekend to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Mr. Trump will be alongside French President Emmanuel Macron for the ceremony. While in Paris the President will see Vladimir Putin -- but only in the setting of a luncheon for world leaders.   

GINSBURG
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “up and working” and making jokes after being hospitalized with rib fractures, her nephew said on Thursday at the premiere of a new movie about her early career fighting for women’s equality. Daniel Stiepleman, who wrote the script for the film “On the Basis of Sex” about his aunt’s work as a young lawyer, with input from the justice herself, told Reuters the 85-year-old Ginsburg was “doing great.” 

NC MISSING TEEN
The FBI said investigators need help identifying a person seen walking near the area where a 13-year-old Lumberton, North Carolina girl was abducted earlier this week. Surveillance video the FBI released Thursday shows what appears to be a man wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt and a hoodie walking south on Lambert Street, then turning north on Highway 41/Elizabethtown Highway toward the Rosewood Mobile Home Park. FBI officials said surveillance images also helped them find the green SUV that was stolen and used in the kidnapping of Hania Noelia Aguilar.   

AUSTRALIA STABBING
A man accused of stabbing three people, one fatally, has died in the hospital after police shot him at the scene in Melbourne, Australia. As officers "got out of the car, they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them," Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters at a press conference. The knife-wielding suspect was shot as he ran toward the officers, none of whom were harmed, police said. The two victims who survived the stabbing were taken to the hospital, no details have been provided yet on their conditions.