NEWS OF THE DAY
From Across the Nation
1 FBI probe: In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. Democrats have blamed Comey’s handling of the inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server, and his late-October public letter about the case, in part for her loss to Donald Trump.
2 L.L. Bean boycott: President-elect Donald Trump is urging people to buy L.L. Bean as the company faces calls for a boycott because of a family member’s donations to his candidacy. Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the outdoors retailer’s founder, called the backlash “bullying” and “un-American” during Thursday interviews on Fox’s news and pledged that she would not step down from the company’s board of directors. Bean and the Freeport, Maine, retailer have been targeted by antiTrump groups after her donations to the pro-Trump Making Maine Great Again political action committee.
3 Biden medal: President Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the highest civilian honor Thursday, commemorating an “extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.” A teary-eyed Biden accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House dedicated to honoring the outgoing vice president. Obama said he is bestowing the honor on Biden for “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generations.”
4 Deadly fire: Six children were killed in a huge house fire in northeast Baltimore early Thursday, while their mother and three of her other children were able to escape the blaze but were injured, a fire official said. All six bodies have been recovered from the home and everyone has been accounted for, said fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark. Clark said the presumed dead were two boys, ages 9 months and 2 years; 3year-old twin girls; and two girls, ages 10 and 11.
5 Police abuses: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to announce it has found the Chicago Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violated the U.S. Constitution, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Chicago Tribune. In announcing the investigation in 2015, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the probe would focus on the use of force — including whether there were racial, ethnic and other disparities in how force was used. She also said the Justice Department would look into the police system of accountability.
6 Flag burning arrest: A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested briefly after posting online pictures of himself burning a U.S. flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state’s flag desecration law declared unconstitutional. Such state laws are already invalid after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that flag burning and other forms of damage are constitutionally protected free speech. Dozens of states, however, still have the laws. Police in Urbana used Illinois’ flag desecration law to arrest Bryton Mellott on July 4, 2016. He said he planned his demonstration to protest racial discrimination, poverty and other injustices.