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GEORGE H.W. BUSH
The nation's farewell to President George H.W. Bush ends in his adopted home state of Texas on Thursday, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia. Before the Texas funeral begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time, he'll lie in repose at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959. The Texas ceremonies are intended for about 1,200 friends of the family -- many of whom are said to hail from "west of the Mississippi" -- and will include stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire will sing "The Lord's Prayer" and the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a rendition of "Amazing Grace."  During the Houston funeral, a group of Navy fliers from Naval Air Station Oceana, VA will flyover in the largest-ever missing man formation. 21 aircraft will take part.

STOCKS
Thursday's trading on Wall Street will be the first test of the US markets since Tuesday's nearly 800 point plunge on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

CONGRESS
Congress is back to work Thursday after Wednesday's day of mourning.  A vote is expected to keep the government funded for a couple more weeks.  The House Oversight Committee has a hearing scheduled on DHS oversight.

JAPAN MILITARY PLANE
Search and rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 refueling tanker and an F/A-18 fighter jet involved in a mishap, according to the Marines. Two people have been found by Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, which is leading search and rescue efforts with both surface ships and aircraft, a spokesperson for III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan. The first person was in good condition, while the second person's condition was unclear and they were taken to a local medical facility for evaluation. There were five personnel on board the KC-130 and two on board the F/A-18 at the time of the incident.

HAUWEI ARREST
China's foreign ministry has demanded Canada release a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies who has been detained while in transit, and reveal the reasoning behind her arrest. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Thursday that China was in contact over the case of Meng Wanzhou with both Canada and the U.S., which requested her detention on suspicion of trying to evade U.S. curbs on trade with Iran. Geng also said Meng's legal rights must be ensured. He said neither Canada or the U.S. had so far responded to China's concerns. Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. Meng was detained in Vancouver on Saturday, the day President Donald Trump met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Argentina.

TECH
Execs from Microsoft, Google, Oracle and others are expected at the White House Thursday for a round-table discussion on ideas to "ensure US leadership in the industries of the future."

MARIJUANA
After a voter-approved measure passed in November, recreational marijuana becomes legal Thursday in Michigan, the 10th state to legalize and regulate the sale of pot.

ERIC GARNER
A New York City police officer is due for a hearing Thursday that could end in his firing, more than four years after he put Eric Garner in an unauthorized choke hold that contributed to Garner's death. Officer Daniel Pataleo's actions were caught on video.

IL BUS CRASH
A truck driver in Illinois was going the wrong way on a highway when he slammed headfirst into a school bus on Wednesday night, killing himself and a volunteer school worker, police said. The 34-year-old semitrailer driver was traveling east in the westbound lane of Interstate 74 in Downs, Illinois, around 8:30 p.m. when he collided with a yellow bus carrying a group of Normal West High School athletes. The students survived, but a volunteer school worker on the bus, 72-year-old Charles Crabtree, was killed. Three adults, including two from the bus, were airlifted to local hospitals. Their conditions were unknown as of early Thursday morning. Authorities said they were withholding the truck driver's identity, pending next-of-kin notifications.

VOTE 2018
North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) investigators were spotted on the ground in Bladen County for the first time Wednesday after allegations of election fraud in the U.S. House District 9 race. Investigators were speaking with Lisa Britt, who signed the most absentee ballot envelopes as a witness. ABC television affiliate WSOC was there as investigators left the apartment with handfuls of papers and notepads. Three sources told WSOC the investigators were Kim Strach, the state’s chief elections official, and Joan Fleming, the NCSBE chief investigator. An NCSBE spokesperson told WSOC subpoenas have been issued, including for the Mark Harris campaign, and Red Dome, the political consulting firm hired by Harris.

NFL/ELISSA ENNIS
The ex-girlfriend of Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster described the deteriorating state of her on-and-off relationship with the NFL player that ultimately led to his release from the San Francisco 49ers last month. Elissa Ennis, 28, met Foster, 24, at the 2014 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, when he was still playing at the University of Alabama, and they began a long-distance relationship a couple of months later. The two were so ingrained in each other's lives that they had met each other's families, Ennis said. While her family thought of Foster as a "nice" and "good-hearted person," Ennis said, "behind closed doors, he's not." Neither Foster nor his representatives have responded to ABC News' request for comment. 

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