WHITE HOUSE RELEASES VOTING EMAILS
President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity has released 112 pages of emails it has received without redacting the names of the writers when they identified themselves.
The voting commission appears to have become a magnet for vitriol against the president and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Many allege Kobach’s true aim is to suppress legal voting and exploit voters’ personal information.
Liberation leaves devastation. MOSUL, IRAQ»
After a nearly nine-month fight, Iraq’s U.S.-backed forces have wrested from the Islamic State group at the cost of enormous destruction.
Nearly a third of the Old City — more than 5,000 buildings — was damaged or destroyed in the final three weeks of bombardment, according to a survey by U.N. Habitat using satellite imagery. Across the city, 10,000 buildings were damaged over the course of the war, the large majority in western Mosul, the scene of the most intense artillery, airstrikes and fighting during the past five months. The survey covers damage visible in satellite photos, which means the real number is likely higher.
Pot dealer confesses to slayings. DOYLESTOWN,
PA.» A marijuana dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family’s farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in a metal bin with the help of his cousin, according to court papers filed Friday.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, who graduated from a Catholic prep school two years ago, said he killed a former schoolmate who arrived with $800 to buy $8,000 worth of pot. DiNardo, who’s charged along with his cousin, said he shot another man in the back as he tried to run away.
China cremates body of jailed Nobel laureate.
SHENYANG, CHINA» China cremated the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of Beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he wished.
The cremation took place Saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family and friends.
Florida sinkhole swallows 2 houses, 1 boat.
MIAMI» A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes Friday.
By Friday afternoon, the hole was 250 feet wide and 50 feet deep. No injuries have been reported.
U.S. kills Islamic State leader in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon says that U.S. forces killed the head of the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Kunar province earlier this week.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that killing Abu Sayed is significant because the loss of leadership sets insurgent groups back for days or weeks.
A Pentagon spokesperson, Dana White, says Abu Sayed was killed Tuesday with other members of the group.
Senator sells stock in company that manufactures in Mexico. INDIANAPOLIS»
An Indiana senator and longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries announced Friday that he’s selling his stock in his family’s arts and crafts company after The Associated Press reported it manufactures some products in Mexico.
The AP reported Thursday that Democrat Joe Donnelly made at least $15,001 in dividends last year on as much as $50,000 of stock in Stewart Superior Corp., which used Mexican workers to produce dye for ink pads.
Former President Carter out of hospital. WINNIPEG,
MANITOBA» Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was back at a Habitat for Humanity worksite Friday, a day after he was hospitalized for dehydration while working with the organization to build homes for needy families in Canada.
Carter, 92, was discharged earlier in the morning from St. Boniface General Hospital where he was treated “as a precaution,” Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said.