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Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday that she would decide next week whether to issue a gag order on longtime Trump associate Roger Stone, who has pleaded not guilty in the Mueller investigation to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

Why it matters: Stone, a notoriously brash and theatrical political operative, has publicly condemned the investigation into his alleged involvement with WikiLeaks and Russian interference in the 2016 election as politically motivated. Stone's public behavior since his indictment and arrest last week — including his discussion of the case on cable television and with reporters on the courthouse steps — prompted Jackson to tell the courtroom: "This is a criminal proceeding, not a public relations campaign.”

Go deeper: Mueller says evidence in Roger Stone case is "voluminous and complex"

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Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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