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Americans are getting ready to travel for the holiday weekend. Gas prices are falling but remain high. And airlines are continuing to deal with cancelations. 

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has issued a subpoena to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. His reported resistance to Donald Trump’s schemes to overturn his 2020 election defeat has made him a long-sought and potentially revelatory witness. 

A new poll shows about half of Americans say former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in what happened on Jan. 6. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds 48% of U.S. adults believe Trump should be held accountable for what happened during the deadly Capitol attack. 

Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. A company spokesperson confirmed Amazon’s temporarily cap of three units per week went into effect on Monday. 

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont has broken a hip in a fall at his home and was to undergo surgery to repair it. Leahy’s office says in a statement Thursday that the 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Virginia. 

The first Black woman confirmed for the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is officially becoming a justice. Jackson will be sworn as the court’s 116th justice at midday Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires.

In sports, Justin Verlander lifts the Astros to a season sweep of the Mets, Gianicarlo Stanton homers again to lead the Yankees, Rowdy Tellez muscles up twice in Milwaukee’s win, the Braves keep winning, and James Harden opts out in Philly. 

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his R&B superstardom to subject young fans to systematic sexual abuse. The singer and songwriter was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were ignored because they were Black women.

Those stories and more on today’s latest episode.