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Del. John McGuire, one of the three Virginia Republican who won thier races on Tuesday, attended the "Stop the Steal" rally at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Three Virginia Republican candidates who won their Virginia State House elections attended the Jan. 6th "Stop the Steal" event that led to rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: At least 13 Republicans who ran for office Tuesday participated in the "Stop the Steal" rally, per Buzzfeed News.

Details: The three newly elected Virginia Republicans who attended the rally were Del. Dave LaRock, Del. John McGuire and Marie March.

  • LaRock and McGuire were incumbents, and March won an open seat.

What they're saying: March said in an interview that she didn't regret attending the rally, while LaRock and McGuire both admitted they attended but denied they stormed the Capitol building, per AP.

  • “He was the sitting president of the United States of America at the time. We went to see him speak," March said.
  • “I don’t know what constitutes the Capitol grounds, but I certainly didn’t enter the Capitol,” McGuire said.
  • “When I arrived home and saw the news, I was just as shocked and horrified as everyone else to see that people had entered the Capitol. It was a tragic day, and one we won’t soon forget,” McGuire said.

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Florida man who paraded Pelosi's lectern on Jan. 6 pleads guilty

Adam Johnson in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Florida man who paraded around the Capitol on Jan. 6 with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) lectern pleaded guilty on Monday to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Under the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to toss out charges related to theft of government property and violent entry on Capitol grounds.

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.