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Here's a new twist on the meet-cute story.

It's not so much a boy-meets-girl situation that ends in happiness as it is a cops-meet-fugitive sort of tale that ends in jail.

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Now let's turn to Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono. She's a Democrat and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Welcome.

MAZIE HIRONO: Good to talk to you, Ailsa.

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Japanese lawmakers have passed controversial legislation expanding the number of semi-skilled foreign workers who can live and work in the notably insular nation for up to five years.

The president's tweet was short: "FAKE NEWS," he wrote on Thursday. "THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"

Joshua McKerrow's response was long.

"Today I did the annual story on holiday decorations at the Governor's residence," the Maryland photojournalist wrote, starting off on a seemingly cheery note. "I've done it every year, for years. A very light but very fun story."

In years past, McKerrow said, he worked with reporter Wendi Winters. This year, he was paired with Selene San Felice.

"Wendi was murdered in June," McKerrow wrote.

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Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET

Paul Manafort allegedly lied to prosecutors about his communications with officials in the Trump administration, "information pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation" and more, the government said in a court filing on Friday.

Manafort met with prosecutors 12 times and testified twice before a grand jury, the Justice Department said.

In an emotional farewell for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christian Democratic Union party delegates gathered to elect a successor in Hamburg, the city where Merkel was born.

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