TURKEY, RUS­SIA PROBE SLAY­ING OF AM­BAS­SADOR

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ankara, turkey» In­ves­ti­ga­tors from Turkey and Rus­sia hunted for clues Tues­day in the as­sas­si­na­tion of Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to Turkey. A team of 18 Rus­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tors and for­eign min­istry of­fi­cials ar­rived in Turkey and be­gan in­spect­ing the art gallery where the shoot­ing of An­drei Karlov took place. Cen­tral to the joint Turk­ish-Rus­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tion is whether Mev­lut Mert Alt­in­tas, a mem­ber of Ankara’s riot police, planned the at­tack alone.

Texas gives Planned Par­ent­hood no­tice of Med­i­caid ouster B

austin, texas» Texas put Planned Par­ent­hood on no­tice Tues­day of plans to cut off Med­i­caid funds, a move that fed­eral judges have blocked in other Repub­li­can-con­trolled states, which are now wait­ing to see if Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump will strip the or­ga­ni­za­tion of tax­payer money. Planned Par­ent­hood re­sponded by vow­ing to ask a court to stop Texas from de­fund­ing clin­ics in Jan­uary. Arkansas, Mis­sis­sippi, Louisiana and Kansas are among the states where judges have de­nied sim­i­lar ef­forts.

Emer­gency man­agers charged over lead-tainted wa­ter

B flint, mich.» A crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Flint’s lead-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter turned to for­mer key of­fi­cials at City Hall on Tues­day as the state at­tor­ney gen­eral an­nounced charges against four peo­ple ac­cused of keep­ing res­i­dents on a con­tam­i­nated sys­tem that caused the cri­sis. Dar­nell Ear­ley and Ger­ald Am­brose, state-ap­pointed emer­gency man­agers, were charged with four crimes, in­clud­ing con­spir­acy and mis­con­duct in of­fice. Howard Croft, Flint’s for­mer pub­lic works di­rec­tor, and Daugh­erty John­son, the for­mer util­i­ties di­rec­tor, were charged with con­spir­acy and false pre­tenses.

Trump hosts can­di­dates for key Vet­er­ans Af­fairs post

B palm beach, fla.» Pres­i­dent -elect Don­ald Trump met Tues­day with can­di­dates for his un­filled Cabi­net po­si­tions, in­clud­ing prospec­tive hires to run the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. At Mar-a-Lago, Trump met with Luis Quinonez, who runs a com­pany with mil­i­tary and health care ties and is said to be un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for VA sec­re­tary. He also in­ter­viewed Toby Cos­grove, the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who was a top con­tender to re­place Eric Shin­seki when he re­signed at the VA in 2014.

Also, Trump is poised to pick re­tired Gen. John F. Kelly for sec­re­tary of the Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, putting an out­spo­ken Ma­rine com­man­der in charge of de­fend­ing Amer­ica from ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Fake news in Min­neapo­lis, ver­sion one. As tem­per­a­tures in

Min­neapo­lis plum­meted be­low zero Sun­day, word spread on Twit­ter that the Min­nesota Vik­ings would open their sta­dium for the city’s home­less. Lo­cal blog­ger Jake Ny­berg was the first to post the plan. User David Del­lanave posted about it and drew thou­sands of retweets and likes. Mul­ti­ple news out­lets pub­lished ar­ti­cles about the sup­posed plan, among them CBS and Ya­hoo Sports. By on Mon­day, Ny­berg ad­mit­ted he made the whole thing up. Del­lanave con­ceded he was in on the hoax. The two men have apol­o­gized, say­ing their in­tent was to shame the Vik­ings into ad­dress­ing home­less­ness in the city.

Fake news in Min­neapo­lis, ver­sion two. A story claim­ing

for­mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called for boy­cotting the Mall of Amer­ica in Min­nesota over its black Santa Claus is false. The story, posted by Newslo and some af­fil­i­ated web­sites, claims Palin told the Star Tri­bune of Min­neapo­lis, “Santa was al­ways white in the Bi­ble.” It’s been widely shared on Face­book. But the Star Tri­bune never ran such a story. And the news­pa­per’s manag­ing edi­tor, Suki Dar­dar­ian, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day that none of her re­porters ever spoke with Palin about the mall’s re­cent hir­ing of its black Santa. Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

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