From Across the Na­tion

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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.

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