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Schumer asks for probe into Whitaker’s White House contacts

The Senate’s top Democrat asked the Justice Department’s watchdog on Tuesday to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into Whitaker’s communications beginning in 2017, when Whitaker was appointed chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whitaker was elevated to the top job after Sessions was ousted by President Donald Trump earlier this month. In a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants inspector general’s investigators to look into whether Whitaker had access to confidential grand jury information in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation...

Tech rout erases stocks’ gain for year

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 10 a.m. Stocks are skidding again on Wall Street as a tech rout continues and several big retailers report weak results. Apple sank another 3.6 percent in early trading Tuesday and Microsoft gave up 3.3 percent. Target plunged 9.5 percent after missing Wall Street’s earnings estimates. Industrial companies are also falling. Boeing lost 3.8 percent The early drops put major indexes back into the red for the year. Tech stocks were among the biggest decliners in Europe, too. Nokia, a big supplier of telecom networks, fell 4 percent, and Ericsson lost 3.5 percent. The S&P 500 fell 45 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,644. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 476 points, or 1.9 percent, to 24,526. It was down 524 earlier. ...

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5-year-old shot in Baltimore is sister of 7-year-old killed in July

By a stunning and tragic coincidence, she is the younger sister of Taylor Hayes, a 7-year-old child who was fatally shot in July, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. The elder Hayes was shot this summer while sitting in the back seat of a car in Southwest Baltimore. She died two weeks later. Keon Gray, 29, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death. The 5-year-old was shot on the 1000 block of McKean Ave. in Sandtown-Winchester around 6:20 p.m. Police said she was caught in the crossfire between suspects in an unidentified vehicle and on foot. On Monday, neighbor Doretha Carpenter said she had ducked for cover in her home when she heard the shots fired on her block — about six of them. It wasn’t until she came outside that she learned the girl, who i...

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Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump‘s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labeling her “Crooked Hillary” and saying she belonged in jail. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the email use, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report. “While transitioning int...

At least 40 killed in bombing of Afghan religious celebration: Officials

A large explosion at a wedding hall in Afghanistan’s capital has killed at least 40 people and injured more than 60 others, the country’s health ministry said. The people had gathered to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, authorities said, and preliminary information shows the explosion may have been a suicide attack. The number of people injured or killed in the blast could rise, authorities added. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Stan Lee’s company slams Bill Maher’s ‘disgusting’ comments about late Marvel giant

Stan Lee’s company POW! Entertainment released a statement slamming comedian Bill Maher’s “disgusting” comments about the late comic book mastermind. Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” wrote about the recent death of Lee on his blog. Lee died earlier this month at age 95. He was the mastermind behind superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk. Maher wrote that Lee inspired millions to “watch a movie.” His comments were immediately criticized by Lee’s fans. “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” he wrote. BILL MAHER TRASHED BY COMIC BOOK FANS FOR CRITICIZING THOSE MOURNING STAN LEE’S DEATH Maher continue...

Florida Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck leaves game on stretcher after gruesome leg injury

Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck (21) is taken off the ice on a stretcher while taking on the Ottawa Senators during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck had to be carried off the ice during Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after suffering a gruesome leg injury. Trocheck went down with a right leg injury after he appeared to twist it awkwardly against the boards in the first period. His condition wasn’t immediately clear. “We don’t know the extent of the injury. We know it’s not going to be a short-term thing,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said after the game, according to ESPN. “He’s going to be reassessed, but he’s coming back wi...

Rome to bulldoze luxury mafia villas

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Casamonica clan members were evicted by police Rome police have seized eight villas built illegally by a mafia clan in a south-eastern suburb and bulldozers are going to demolish them. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi were at the scene as 600 police took over the Casamonica clan villas. A video posted on the mayor’s Facebook page showed police smashing their way into one of the opulent villas. Italy’s new populist government has targeted Casamonica properties before. The clan has ethnic Roma (Gypsy) roots and in June some Casamonica members attacked Mr Salvini’s plan to carry out a census of Italy’s Roma population. His nationalist League party is stridently anti-immigration. Image copy...