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Gina Haspel Nominated by Trump as First Woman to Lead CIA

(From USA Today) Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, made her career in covert action, but her involvement in controversial interrogations has already provoked Senate opposition to her confirmation. Haspel,...

House Ends Russia Probe, Says No Trump-Kremlin Collusion

(From Politico) House Intelligence Committee Republicans closed their investigation of Russian election interference Monday, declaring they found no evidence that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign cooperated with the Kremlin, a conclusion Trump quickly celebrated — but which Democrats called premature...

Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm

(From AP News) President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom’s four-month, $117 billion bid to...

Russia Demands Access to Nerve Agent in Ex-Spy Case Standoff

(From AP News) Russia will only cooperate with Britain on the investigation into last week’s poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter if it receives samples of the nerve agent that is believed to have been used, Russia’s foreign...

Explosion Strikes Palestinian PM’s Convoy in Gaza

(From BBC News) An explosion in the Gaza Strip has targeted the convoy of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah. Mr Hamdallah was unharmed, but there are reports of some injuries. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the “cowardly” attack on the...

US Deaths From Lead Exposure 10 Times Higher Than Thought

(From CNN) Lead exposure may be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths in the United States than previously thought, according to a new study. The researchers concluded that nearly 412,000 deaths every year in the US can be attributed...

New England Hit with Snow as Third Straight Winter Storm Arrives

(From UPI) The third nor’easter in two weeks began to pummel New England Tuesday with snow, high winds, coastal flooding and whiteout conditions. Multiple inches fell in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Tuesday morning and the National Weather service warned...

Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for “First Degree Murder”

(From Politico) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next mission: taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.” The former California governor and global environmental activist announced the move Sunday at a live recording of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast...

Legendary Fashion Designer Hubert De Givenchy Dies Aged 91

(From The Daily Mail) Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the ‘Little black dress’ and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91. Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and...