FOX NEWS FIRST: Overheated machines in Florida recount battle; Trump team finalizing answers for Mueller

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Developing now, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

  • Some overheated voting machines in Palm Beach County added to the election recount chaos in Florida on Tuesday, forcing a new tally for 175,000 early votes. Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen Bill Nelson filed new lawsuits, and embattled election official Brenda Snipes said it was time for her to 'move on' from her position
  • President Trump's legal team is finalizing responses to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, sources tell FOX News
  • CNN has sued the Trump administration to have correspondent Jim Acosta's White House credentials restored. Legendary reporter Bob Woodward thinks the news network is making a mistake
  • The death toll in California's deadliest recorded wildfire has risen to 48
  • A month after starting their journey, Central American migrant caravans are using longer, safer, routes to the U.S. border

THE LEAD STORY - RECOUNT DELAYED, DEADLINE LOOMING IN FLORIDA - Florida's Palm Beach County recount was delayed Tuesday night after its voting machines overheated, forcing officials to restart the recount of about 175,000 early votes, according to Susan Bucher, the county's supervisor of elections ... Bucher said the ballots didn’t tabulate properly and that two technicians from the machine’s vendor have been flown in to fix the machines while election office workers continue the recount, the Sun Sentinel of South Florida reported.

Bucher said Monday that her office would not be able to meet the 3 p.m. ET Thursday deadline the state has imposed, despite a 24-hour operation, the Miami Herald reported.  
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers said she would grant an extension until Nov. 20, the report said. She concluded that the county “could not possibly” meet the deadline with its eight machines, according to the paper.

The developments added to the tumult in the political battleground state. More than half of Florida's 67 counties began a recount process that's unprecedented even in a state notorious for settling elections by razor-thin margins. In addition, lawyers for incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., filed a federal lawsuit claiming Florida is disenfranchising voters by not counting mail-in ballots it received after Election Day. State law requires all mail ballots to be received when the polls close — which was 7 p.m. Nov. 6. And a day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called for her to resign, embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said "it is time to move on" from her role overseeing the Florida county office. Snipes has been under fire for missteps during Florida's recount saga. - Reported by Amy Lieu, Nicole Darrah (@nicoledarrah on Twitter), and Brooke Singman (@brookefoxnews on Twitter)


MUELLER REPORT APPROACHING FINAL STAGES? - President Trump's legal team is finalizing answers to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and could submit them as soon as the end of this week, two sources familiar with the matter told FOX News ... The answers concern questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president has repeatedly denied any such collusion with Moscow. The president's lawyers and Mueller's investigators have engaged in ongoing discussions for several months about the possibility of an in-person interview with Trump, as well as the president submitting written answers to questions. - Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter), Catherine Herridge

CNN VS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: CNN filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday demanding that the White House restore the press credential of reporter Jim Acosta after it was suspended last week -- but press secretary Sarah Sanders called the move "more grandstanding from CNN" ...  The White House yanked Acosta's pass after he got into a contentious debate with President Trump and refused to give up a microphone as the entire press pool looked on. It was just the latest case of Trump clashing with Acosta, the White House correspondent for the network Trump regularly derides as a purveyor of "fake news."

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward is not a fan of the lawsuit. On Tuesday, he criticized CNN for taking legal action against Trump and charged that too many media figures "have become emotionally unhinged."

"The remedy [isn’t suing the administration]," Woodward said at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla. "It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.” - Reported by Brian Flood (@briansflood on Twitter), and Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

MORE DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA FIRES - The death toll in the largest wildfire in California history rose to 48 on Tuesday as the remains of six additional people were found, officials said ... The human remains – which were found in Paradise, Butte County – were located in homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference Tuesday. The death toll in the Camp Fire was expected to continue rising. More than 130,000 acres of land are still burning in Butte County as officials said nearly 6,000 firefighting personnel continue to assist in the area, where 35 percent of the fire was contained. - Reported by Nicole Darrah (@nicoledarrah on Twitter)

LONGER ROUTE FOR CARAVANS: One month ago, 1,000 people started walking from Northern Honduras, beginning a journey they hoped would end with a job in the United States ... Now, they are about halfway to Tijuana, Mexico, where many will apply for asylum or pay a smuggler to get them over the border to Houston or San Jose or Omaha, Neb. They’ve endured heat, humidity, wind, rain and cold during these 1,400 miles as President Trump has insisted on border integrity, national security and enforcement of immigration laws. Their numbers have swelled to 11,500 including several subsequent caravans days behind, according to Mexican media reports.

The lead caravan is resting in the Benito Juarez Auditorium in Guadalajara on Wednesday. They’re awaiting instructions on where they will go Thursday. In Guadalajara, the caravan is 1,400 miles from Tijuana, a city at the border south of San Diego. Members of the caravan voted in Mexico City last week to take the longer, and much safer, route west, instead of the roads to Texas, a much shorter journey that takes them closer to Houston and Florida and other destinations in the Eastern United States. - Reported by Robert Shaffer


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