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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. BUSY SLATE FOR TRUMP IN NEW YORK

The president-elect has more top posts to fill while trying to tamp down a distraction over his own Twitter offensive about widespread voter fraud.

2. WHAT IS MOBILIZING A CARIBBEAN NATION

Cuba finds itself riveted one final time by Fidel Castro, whose funeral rites are dominating the island like no event in decades.

3. HOW MILLENNIAL CUBAN-AMERICANS FEEL

For the hundreds of thousands of children born of Cuban exiles, Castro's death potentially opens a door to a world long off-limits.

4. SYRIAN TROOPS CAPTURE MAJOR ALEPPO NEIGHBORHOOD IN BESIEGED EAST

Aleppo, Syria's largest city and former commercial center, has been contested since 2012 and a rebel defeat in the city would be a turning point in the five-year conflict.

5. CYBER MONDAY MAY BE IN DANGER OF LOSING TITLE

The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but stores released internet deals earlier than ever this year.

6. KASHMIR VIOLENCE NOT USUAL TIT FOR TAT

India and Pakistan start using heavy artillery and targeting each other's infrastructure instead of just military outposts and convoys \u2014 with no diplomacy in sight.

7. 'I REALLY LOVE THE SCENT OF YOUR PERFUME'

Germany's \"Mr Flirt\" is teaching workshops for young refugees on how to pick up women as cultural gaps have made for awkward moments.

8. TRUMP, SESSIONS WILL HAVE SAY-SO ON POT

The incoming Trump administration will have an array of powerful tools that could stymie the burgeoning marijuana industry.

9. INTRODUCING DIRECTV NOW

The new streaming service from AT&T's satellite TV division has the size to get better deals from entertainment companies.

10. WHO SPARKED CHIEFS OVER BRONCOS IN OVERTIME

Tyreek Hill scores on a run, a pass reception and a kick return to become the first player since former Bears great Gale Sayers in 1965 to pull off the feat.

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) \u2014 An attorney for former pro wrestling star Jimmy \"Superfly\" Snuka says he's in a hospice in Florida and has six months to live.

The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, reports (http://bit.ly/2gix7fr ) the lawyer made the disclosure Friday during a hearing in Allentown. The hearing was to re-evaluate the 73-year-old Snuka's mental fitness six months after a judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.

Snuka's wife, Carole Snuka, told the judge via live video the family struggles to keep him from leaving home during bouts of psychosis in which he thinks he's late for a WWE wrestling match.

The ex-wrestler was charged last year in the death of Nancy Argentino.

The prosecution argues Snuka's brain shows normal signs of aging and suggests he might be faking symptoms.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) \u2014 Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is among the sources behind President-elect Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that \"millions\" of illegal ballots kept him from winning the popular vote, a top Trump adviser said during a television interview Friday.

Kellyanne Conway, the Republican president-elect's campaign manager, mentioned Kobach twice as a source on ABC's \"Good Morning America.\"

Trump has asserted without providing evidence that he would have prevailed in the popular vote absent illegal voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump won more than enough electoral votes thanks to narrow victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

\"The president-elect has been talking to different people, including Kris Kobach of Kansas,\" Conway said.

Kobach spokeswoman Desiree Taliaferro did not return a telephone message Friday seeking comment.

Kobach is a potential nominee for U.S. homeland security secretary and advised Trump's campaign on immigration issues. He also is the architect of tough state voter identification laws.

He defended Trump's election-fraud claim Wednesday but did not provide evidence of specific allegations from this year's election.

Kobach instead cited a small piece of the data from a large-scale academic study of the 2008 election to build to an assumption that illegal voting by non-citizens could have accounted for all Clinton's popular-vote margin of more than 2 million ballots. When reviewed, the assertion didn't hold up.

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Follow John Hanna on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apjdhanna .

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A Romanian convicted of conspiring to sell military-grade weapons in Europe was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams imposed the sentence on 43-year-old Virgil Georgescu in Manhattan. Georgescu was arrested by Montenegrin authorities in December 2014 and was brought to the United States two months later for trial. He was convicted by a jury in May.

Georgescu was arrested in a Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation. Prosecutors said he teamed with a former Romanian government official and a former member of the Italian Parliament from May 2014 to December 2014 to try to sell an arsenal of weapons including machine guns and rocket launchers. Prosecutors said they did not know they were communicating with DEA informants who posed as associates of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the decades-old rebel group known as FARC.

Prosecutors said Georgescu was told the weapons would be used against American forces helping the Colombian government.

\"Having sought to profit from the murder of U.S. officers abroad, Georgescu will now spend years in a U.S. prison,\" U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

In court, a defense lawyer said Georgescu had served as an informant for the FBI from 2001 through 2003 and called the CIA in 2012 to report the weapons plot. He said Georgescu never intended to attack the United States.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Surratt told the judge that Georgescu's motive was to profit \"on the backs of dead Americans.\"

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Chicago is taking $1 million earmarked for a little-used property tax relief program to start a legal fund for immigrants facing deportation.

It's a response Donald Trump's election. The president-elect campaigned on an aggressive approach to immigration, including promises to deport millions.

Experts estimate 150,000 Chicago area residents don't have permanent legal status.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that the fund will be run with the National Immigrant Justice Center to help with legal consultations and representation. Emanuel also seeks private donations.

The $1 million comes from a $20 million program offering relief to homeowners after last year's property tax hike to boost underfunded pension systems. Only $1 million has been claimed.

Chicago approved an $8.3 billion spending plan with new taxes and faces a roughly $137 million budget gap.

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

One of three brothers who were hospitalized after fleeing a wildfire that killed their parents says he believes their mom and dad died happy.

Their uncle Jim Summers relayed the message from Wesley Summers, one of the sons still in Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in a news conference Friday.

Jim Summers said Wesley wanted people to know that his parents, Jon and Janet Summers, were happy to be on a family vacation for the first time in about four years. He said he believes they died happy.

The three adult brothers, Branson, Wesley and Jared, were separated from their parents while fleeing the Gatlinburg-area wildfires that killed 13 people.

Jared Summers has been discharged from the hospital, while the other two brothers remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Jim Summers said the three sons escaped through an inferno, and it was like a movie.

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5 p.m.

Officials are asking for the public's help to figure out who started a wildfire that has killed 13 people and ravaged about 1,000 buildings around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

At a news conference Friday, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash asked people who hiked the Chimney Tops Trail on Nov. 23, or know someone who did, to contact the investigative team.

The National Park Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the cause of the fire in the park, which they believe was man-made.

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12:30 p.m.

Officials are defending their response to wildfires in Tennessee that killed 13 people.

In response to reporters' questions Friday, John Matthews with the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency said a text alert telling people to evacuate went out around 9 p.m. Monday to anyone with a mobile device connected to a cell tower in the city. By that time, wildfires were raging in the area.

Matthews said some people did not receive the message due to power outages and loss of cellphone reception.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said they will completely evaluate that system and improve it.

Asked about the overall response, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said they didn't drop the ball. He said the appropriate amount of resources was put in the area, including four helicopters dropping water Sunday. He said the wind came in earlier than forecast.

Asked about why they didn't evacuate earlier, Waters said the reporter didn't know the area and he wasn't getting into \"Monday morning quarterbacking.\"

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11:35 a.m.

Officials say a Memphis, Tennessee, couple are among the 13 people who died in the wildfires that ravaged the city of Gatlinburg.

Officials said Friday that Jon and Janet Summers, both 61 years old, were among the dead. Their three adult sons became separated from their parents during the wildfires and the three young men were severely injured. They have been recovering at a hospital in Nashville. One of them has been released.

The dead also included a couple from Canada and another woman who was vacationing. Officials have not identified the other victims, but did say one person appeared to die of a heart attack while fleeing the flames.

Nearly 1,000 homes and businesses were damaged.

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11:15 a.m.

A Tennessee mayor says 13 people have died from wildfires that ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains, including a person who appears to have had a heart attack while fleeing the flames.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters announced the additional deaths during a news conference Friday. The mayor also raised the number of homes and businesses that were damaged to nearly 1,000.

Waters spoke as business owners and home owners were returning to the city of Gatlinburg for the first time since the wildfires began damaging the area Monday.

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8:30 a.m.

Thousands of people in Gatlinburg are preparing to get their first look at what remains of their homes and businesses after a wildfire tore through the resort community in the eastern Tennessee mountains.

Local officials, bowing to pressure from frustrated property owners, said they'll allow people back into most parts of the city and affected parts of the county for the first time Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle says residents have to pass through a checkpoint and must show some proof of ownership or residency. She says the city is not implying that private property is safe and that people may encounter downed power lines and other dangers.

The wildfires killed 11 people and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

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2:40 a.m.

The charred city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is still days away from reopening after devastating and deadly wildfires, but all around the city, communities in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains are welcoming back residents and visitors.

In Pigeon Forge, the Comedy House rented an electronic billboard message that said it was open for laughs, and a flyer at a hotel urged guests to check out the scenic Cades Cove loop.

Dollywood, the amusement park named after country music legend and native Dolly Parton, will reopen Friday afternoon after it was spared any damage.

In Gatlinburg, the center of the devastation, residents and business owners get their first chance Friday to see whether their properties withstood the blaze that killed 11 people and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 Residents and business owners in Gatlinburg got their first look at the wildfire destruction on Friday, and many walked around the once-bustling tourist city in a daze, sobbing.

They hugged each other and promised that they would stay in touch.

\"We love it up here so much,\" said Gary Moore, his voice trembling. \"We lost everything. But we're alive, thank goodness. Our neighbors are alive, most of them. And we're just so thankful for that.\"

A county mayor raised the death toll to 13 and said the number of damaged buildings now approached 1,000.

After days of waiting to see their homes, some of the shock began to give way to anger, and local authorities bristled when asked why they waited so long to order the evacuation.

\"The city sure could have done a better job of getting us out of here,\" said Delbert Wallace, who lost his home. \"When they got up that morning, when they seen that fire, we should have been on alert right then.\"

Sevier County Mayor Larry Williams and other officials noted the fire moved such a great distance so quickly it gave officials little time to react. Once they did, it was nearly too late.

Waters said it was not the time for \"Monday morning quarterbacking\" and promised a full review later.

John Matthews of the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency said a text alert telling people to evacuate went out around 9 p.m. Monday. But by that time, wildfires were raging in the area.

Matthews said some people did not receive the message due to power outages and loss of cellphone reception.

Local officials, bowing to pressure from frustrated property owners, allowed people back into most parts of the city Friday.

\"This is all that's left of our house,\" said Tammy Sherrod, standing with her husband in front of the rubble. \"We had five minutes to get off this mountain. We got off with the clothes on our back. We got off with a few pictures.\"

She found a coaster in the rubble that her 27-year-old daughter had made as a child. Half of it had bright colors and the other half was charred black. It still had her name, Brianna, written on the bottom in black marker.

The dead included a Memphis couple who was separated from their three sons during the wildfires. The sons \u2014 Jared, Wesley and Branson Summers \u2014 learned that their parents had died as they were recovering in the hospital.

\"The boys, swaddled in bandages with tubes hanging out and machines attached, were allowed to break quarantine, and were together in the same room, briefly, when I confirmed their parents' death,\" their uncle Jim Summers wrote on a Facebook page set up for the family. Their injuries \"pale in comparison with their grief.\"

Other fatalities included a couple from Canada, 71-year-old Jon Tegler and 70-year-old Janet Tegler, and May Vance, who died of a heart attack after she was exposed to smoke. Officials said at a news conference that she was vacationing in Gatlinburg, but an obituary posted online said she was from the area.

The Associated Press was allowed into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park \u2014 the most visited national park in the country \u2014 on Thursday. Soot, ash and blackened trees covered the forest floor, and the gorgeous vistas of tree-topped mountain ranges were scarred by large areas of blackened soil and trees. Small plumes of smoke smoldered from hot spots.

Deputy Park Superintendent Jordan Clayton said the initial fire started Nov. 23 near the end of a popular hiking trail. Authorities urged anyone who hiked the trial to give them a call.

\"Whether it was purposefully set or whether it was a careless act that was not intended to cause a fire, that we don't know,\" Clayton said. \"The origin of the fire is under investigation.\"

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Mattise reported from Nashville, Tennessee. Associated Press writers Rebecca Yonker in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kristin M. Hall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A national commission on Friday delivered urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which was expected to spell out actions the U.S. can take over the next 10 years, instead urged more immediate actions within two to five years. It suggested the Trump administration consider some items \"deserving action\" within the first 100 days.

It recommended that Trump create an assistant to the president for cybersecurity, who would report through the national security adviser, and establish an ambassador for cybersecurity, who would lead efforts to create international rules. It urged steps to end the threat of identity theft by 2021 and said Trump's administration should train 100,000 new cybersecurity workers by 2020.

Other ideas included helping consumers to judge products using an independent \"nutritional label\" for technology products and services.

The White House requested the report in February and intended it to serve as a transition memo for the next president. The commission included 12 of what the White House described as the brightest minds in business, academia, technology and security. It was led by Tom Donilon, Obama's former national security adviser.

The panel studied sharing information with private companies about cyber threats, the lack of talented American security engineers and distrust of the U.S. government by private businesses, especially in Silicon Valley. Classified documents stolen under Obama by Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency, revealed government efforts to hack into the data pipelines used by U.S. companies to serve customers overseas.

One commissioner, Herbert Lin of Stanford University, said some senior information technology managers distrust the federal government as much as they distrust China, widely regarded as actively hacking in the U.S.

President Barack Obama said in a written statement after meeting with Donilon that his administration will take additional action \"wherever possible\" to build on its efforts to make progress before he leaves office next month. He urged Trump and the next Congress to treat the recommendations as a guide.

\"Now it is time for the next administration to take up this charge and ensure that cyberspace can continue to be the driver for prosperity, innovation, and change both in the United States and around the world,\" Obama said.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would accept this recent report, much less act on its recommendations. Trump won the election on promises to reduce government regulations, although decades of relying on market pressure or asking businesses voluntarily to make their products and services safer to use have been largely ineffective.

Trump's presidential campaign benefited from embarrassing disclosures in hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's campaign staff and others, and Trump openly invited Russian hackers to find and release tens of thousands of personal emails that Clinton had deleted from the private server she had used to conduct government business as secretary of state. He also disputed the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia was responsible for the Democratic hackings.

Trump is a prolific user of online social media services, especially Twitter, but he is rarely seen using a laptop or other computer. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted a photograph Monday of Trump working on an Apple laptop inside his office at Trump Tower. Trump testified in a deposition in 2012 that he did not own a personal computer or smartphone, and earlier this year in another deposition said he deliberately does not use email. \"We've figured that out,\" Trump said. \"Took a lot of people a long time to figure that out.\"

Trump has already promised his own study by a \"Cyber Review Team\" of people he said he will select from military, law enforcement and private sectors. He said his team will develop mandatory cyber awareness training for all U.S. government employees, and he has proposed a buildup of U.S. military offensive and defensive cyber capabilities that he said will deter foreign hackers.

The new report suggested that the government should remain the only organization responsible for responding to large-scale attacks by foreign countries.

Obama has a mixed legacy on cybersecurity.

Under Obama, hackers stole personal data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on more than 21 million current, former and prospective government employees, including details of security-clearance background investigations for federal agents, intelligence employees and others. The White House also failed in its efforts to convince Congress to pass a national law \u2014 similar to laws passed in some states \u2014 to require hacked companies to notify affected customers.

But the Obama administration also became more aggressive about publicly identifying foreign governments it accused of hacking U.S. victims, arrested some high-profile hackers overseas, successfully shut down some large networks of hacked computers used to attack online targets, enacted but never actually used economic sanctions against countries that hacked American targets and used a sophisticated new cyberweapon called Stuxnet against Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities.

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Copy of the report:

https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2016/12/02/cybersecurity-commission-report-final-post.pdf

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) \u2014 President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.

The legal actions seeking to block or halt the recounts in three states Trump narrowly won could cause delays that would make them extremely difficult or impossible to complete on time. Even if the recounts happen, though, none would be expected to give Democrat Hillary Clinton enough votes to emerge as the winner.

The recounts were requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who says they're necessary to ensure that voting machines weren't hacked, even though there's no evidence that they were. Critics say Stein is simply trying to raise money and her political profile while building a donor database.

\"In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself, verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would address concerns around voter disenfranchisement, \"Stein said in a statement. \"Trump's desperate attempts to silence voter demands raise a simple question: why is Donald Trump afraid of these recounts?\"

Wisconsin is the only state where a recount is underway. It began Thursday, and one of the state's 72 counties had already completed its task by Friday, with Clinton gaining a single a vote on Trump. Clinton lost to Trump in Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point.

Two pro-Trump groups, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, along with Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson went to federal court late Thursday to try and stop the recount. U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Friday rejected their request for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the recount, saying there was no harm in allowing it to continue while the court considers their lawsuit. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Dec. 9.

The lawsuit says Wisconsin is violating the U.S. Supreme Court's 2000 Bush v. Gore ruling because it doesn't have uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount. They also argue that it threatens due process rights because it may not get done by the federal deadline to certify the vote, putting Wisconsin's electoral votes in jeopardy.

If states miss the deadline, Congress would allot their electoral votes.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice was reviewing the lawsuit, said Johnny Koremenos, spokesman for Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Michigan's elections board deadlocked Friday on a Trump campaign request to deny Stein's recount request and on how a recount would be conducted. Both Republican members voted to prevent the recount while both Democrats voted to allow it, meaning it likely would begin Wednesday unless the courts intervene. It also would be conducted by hand, as Stein requested.

In separate lawsuits against the state, Michigan's Republican attorney general and Trump asked state courts to prevent the recount, saying Stein should not be allowed to seek one because she finished so far behind Trump and Clinton that she couldn't have won, even if some votes were miscounted. Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in all three states.

The Michigan courts appeared unlikely to rule immediately, with one asking for a response from state elections officials by Tuesday.

In Pennsylvania, a hearing is scheduled for Monday on Stein's push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount there. Republican lawyers filed a motion that was posted on the court's website Friday accusing Stein of engaging in legal antics and saying her recount request endangers Pennsylvania's ability to certify its electors by the federal deadline.

Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyberattack.

Elections officials in the three states have expressed confidence in their results.

Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. His margin of victory in Michigan was even slimmer, at about 10,700 votes out of 4.8 million cast.

An updated count Friday by Pennsylvania election officials showed Trump's lead over Clinton in that state had shrunk to 49,000 from 71,000, as more counties wrap up final tallies. That put Trump's lead at 0.8 percent, down from over 1 percent, out of 6 million votes cast. It's still shy of Pennsylvania's 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount.

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Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writer Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) \u2014 As the dust clears from the 2016 election, Utah Republicans have already turned their attention to 2018 and whether longtime U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will stick to his word that he won't run for re-election.

Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, said four years ago that his current term will be his last.

But in recent weeks, he's opened the door to another six years, saying he has more work to do and is being encouraged to run again \u2014 a move that could shake up plans for a number of high-profile Utah politicians who've been waiting in the wings, hoping for a chance to seek a rare open Senate seat.

Two potential candidates \u2014 former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and World Trade Center Utah leader Derek Miller \u2014 say Hatch's decision will impact their potential campaigns but neither ruled out a challenge to the seven-term Republican.

Hatch has said he's going to give his decision \"every consideration\" as many people encourage him to run again. His chief of staff Rob Porter reiterated that Friday, saying Hatch \"has not made any decisions but is carefully considering these and other viewpoints.\"

Hatch's wavering could scuttle plans for a number of Republicans who had quietly started building support and now have to weigh whether they can take on someone with national name recognition, four decades of experience and about $1.8 million, a sizeable cushion, already in his campaign account.

University of Utah political science professor Matthew Burbank said some candidates may sit on the sidelines if Hatch runs again, but others with strong political resumes and donor networks might decide it's still worth a shot.

\"This is one of the few times when you might feel like you could probably successfully challenge an incumbent, given the fact that he said he wasn't going to run again,\" Burbank said.

Josh Romney, a Utah resident and son of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has been floated as a potential Senate candidate for years.

Josh Romney said in a statement Friday that he's been asked by others to consider running for political office and is strongly considering running for Utah governor in 2020.

\"What others do will not affect my decision-making process,\" Romney said.

However, if Hatch runs again, \"I would strongly support him and do anything I could to be helpful to his re-election efforts.\"

Jon Huntsman Jr., also a former presidential candidate and U.S. ambassador to China, said in a statement, \"We're going to take a good look at it over the next six months to see how best to serve a great state.\"

Miller said he's considering a run, but Hatch's decision would certainly impact his ability to mount a campaign. Miller, a former chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, said \"at this point, Sen. Hatch said he would not run again. I believe he's a man of his word so I'm proceeding based on that word.\"

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is another Republican whose name has circulated as potential candidate.

\"While he is set up well to run for office and should never rule anything out, he is pleased to have just been re-elected,\" Alan Crooks, Reyes' campaign consultant said.

Evan McMullin, a former CIA agent who mounted an independent run for president this year and finished third in Utah, told The Salt Lake Tribune last month that he hasn't decided if he'll run for the Senate. McMullin did not respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Heavily Republican Utah hasn't had a Democratic U.S. senator since Frank Moss in 1977, but Democrats could have a shot in 2018 if they nominate someone such as former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, said Brigham Young University political science professor Jeremy Pope.

Matheson, a careful, moderate Democrat who appealed to Republicans with fiscally conservative stances, did not return a message Friday seeking comment about whether he'd run.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) \u2014 Republican Gov. Paul LePage is telling state legislators he'll rubber-stamp their election certifications despite his concerns about the accuracy of the state's official results.

Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the integrity of Maine's election isn't in question and he hasn't received complaints regarding the integrity of it. He said the office is \"fully confident\" the election results it certified are accurate and represent the will of voters.

LePage is questioning the results approving marijuana legalization, a minimum wage hike and an income surtax to fund schools. He has claimed voters didn't understand the specifics of the ballot questions.

The governor also has said the state will verify if college students voted lawfully, and he speculated recently that no ID requirement for voting means \"people from the cemetery\" would vote.

LePage provided no evidence to back up his claims. He recently wrote a letter to legislators in which he said he signed their election certifications despite his \"strong concerns regarding the integrity of Maine's ballot.\"

\"I cannot attest to the accuracy of the tabulation certified by the Secretary of State,\" LePage said.

LePage's office said the governor sent the letters to Republicans and Democrats.

Democratic lawmakers are criticizing the governor for casting doubt on the integrity of election results certified by the secretary of state. Those results are then signed off on by LePage.

Dunlap said Maine uses paper ballots and about half of municipalities hand-count votes. He said tabulating machines in the rest of the state aren't connected to any network that could make them vulnerable to tampering.

In a statement, LePage said Dunlap cannot \"guarantee with 100 percent certainty\" that noncitizens did not vote or that college students or others did not vote in more than one place. He also claimed \"electronic voting machines\" could be manipulated by outside vendors and said paper ballots can be \"mishandled, miscounted or misplaced.\"

But Dunlap said the state doesn't use electronic voting machines. Instead, it uses ballot tabulators with password-protected optical scanners that read and tally the votes. He said that ballots are counted under a \"very strict\" chain of custody from the time they are printed to when they are sealed and that using paper ballots allows for hand-recounts.

A Maine voter needs to be a U.S. citizen and present valid ID and proof of residency. Voters can be prosecuted for providing false statements and must say if they were previously registered to vote.

Dunlap encouraged LePage or other parties to come forward if they have evidence of attempts at voter fraud.

LePage made the comments even as Republicans held onto U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's congressional seat and narrow control of the state Senate and gained state House seats.

In 2011, a two-month investigation led by Dunlap's Republican predecessor, Charles Summers, found no instances of voter fraud after the head of the Maine GOP expressed doubts about more than 200 cases by nonresident state university students.

And in 2013, a state commission launched by Summers found that a voter ID law wouldn't provide additional security and would instead prevent qualified citizens, including the poor and senior citizens, from participating in elections.

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