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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) said Sunday that he voluntarily took polygraph exams that support his defense that he did not sexually assault two women who leveled accusations against him earlier this year.

"When asked: 'Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Vanessa Tyson?,' Lt. Governor Fairfax answered 'no.' The polygraph examination showed that this was a truthful answer.
"When asked: 'Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Meredith Watson?,' Lt. Governor Fairfax answered 'no.' The polygraph examination showed that this was a truthful answer."

The big picture: Fairfax has faced significant pressure to resign since the allegations were made in February. Both Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, whose interviews will air on CBS "This Morning" on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, have said they would be willing to testify before the Virginia Assembly.

  • Fairfax said retired FBI polygraph expert Jeremiah Hanafin administered the polygraph test. Hanafin is the same person who performed a test on Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his confirmation process last year.
  • In a statement, Fairfax's attorney Barry Pollack said his client will fully cooperate with any law enforcement investigation into the allegations: "A meaningful, professional factual investigation would exonerate the Lt. Governor and clear his well-earned good name and reputation."

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California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

FDA approves AstraZeneca COVID drug for people with immune problems

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The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody drug for people with compromised immune systems.

Why it matters: The drug, Evusheld, is the first antibody therapy authorized in the U.S. to prevent coronavirus symptoms before virus exposure.