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Hunter Biden defended his work in Ukraine during an interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday, but admitted that he probably would not have been named a board member of natural gas company Burisma Holdings in 2014 had his father not been serving as vice president.

ABC News' Amy Robach: What were your qualifications to be on the board of Burisma?
Hunter Biden: Well, I was vice chairman on the board of Amtrak for 5 years. I was the chairman of the board of the UN World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world.
Robach: You didn't have any extensive knowledge about natural gas or Ukraine itself, though.
Biden: No, but I think I had as much knowledge as anybody else who was on the board — if not more.
Robach: In the list that you gave me of the reasons you were on that board, you did not list the fact that you were the son of the vice president. What role do you think that played?
Biden: Of course, yeah. I think that it is impossible for me to be on any of the boards I just mentioned without saying that I'm the son of the vice president of the United States.

Why it matters: President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden used his vice presidency to help stop an investigation into the owner of one of Ukraine's largest private gas companies, where Hunter Biden was a board member.

  • Hunter Biden said he and his father did not discuss Burisma or Ukraine beyond his father telling him that "I hope you know what you're doing" after news reports of his position on the board first emerged.

Details: Hunter Biden said he did not believe he did anything wrong, adding that he left the board after his term was up because staying on would have been a "distraction."

  • The younger Biden also said that he does not regret serving on the board, but promised that he would not serve on boards or work for any foreign entities if his father becomes president.
"Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah. But did I make a mistake based upon some unethical lapse? Absolutely not."

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SoCalGas agrees to $1.8 billion settlement for 2015 gas blowout

An evacuee with a Save Porter Ranch sign outside Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon gate in Porter Ranch in January 2016 as the gas leak continued. Photos: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Southern California Gas Company and its parent company announced Monday they've agreed to pay up to $1.8 billion in settlement claims over the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility blowout.

Why it matters: Some 100,000 tons of methane, ethane and toxic chemicals poured into the air for 112 days, forcing over 8,000 families to evacuate from their Los Angeles-area homes and sickening thousands of others with headaches, nausea and nosebleeds, per the L.A. Times.

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North Korea fires short-range missile to sea, slams "hostile" U.S. policy

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that North Korea's military had fired a short-range missile toward its eastern sea, per AP.

Why it matters: North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations defended the latest launch in remarks to the UN General Assembly, demanding the U.S. and South Korea end their "hostile policy" against the country.

Arizona Judge: Adding mask mandates ban to budget bill is unconstitutional

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

An Arizona judge ruled Monday that the state's ban on mask mandates in schools, and other measures put into the state budget by Republicans, are unconstitutional, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The sweeping ruling voids a ban on vaccine requirements for public universities, community colleges and local governments, and strikes down some non-COVID-related measures like a ban on teaching critical race theory in classrooms and anti-fraud measures for ballots.