MARCH­ING AGAINST GUNS

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Stu­dents march to the Capi­tol in sup­port of gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion Thurs­day in Wash­ing­ton. The Con­necti­cut Supreme Court cleared the way for a law­suit against the com­pany that man­u­fac­tured the ri­fle used in the 2012 mass shoot­ing in New­town, Conn. Story on

WASH­ING­TON — House Repub­li­cans joined Democrats on Thurs­day to de­mand that the Jus­tice Depart­ment pub­licly re­lease the full find­ings of the spe­cial coun­sel’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion and the pos­si­ble in­volve­ment of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign.

Though the res­o­lu­tion is non­bind­ing, Democrats who put it on the House floor are try­ing to build pub­lic pres­sure on At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam P. Barr be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s an­tic­i­pated con­clu­sion.

Far from stand­ing in the way, Repub­li­cans joined Democrats en masse. On the 420-0 vote, four Repub­li­cans voted present.

“This re­port must see the light of day, must be avail­able to the Amer­i­can pub­lic for a cathar­sis that will al­low us to start with the facts, un­der­stand what hap­pened and be­gin to re­build the faith of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” said Rep. Jim Himes, DConn., a se­nior mem­ber of the In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, which has un­der­taken its own Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Repub­li­cans de­bat­ing it on the House floor called the res­o­lu­tion a waste of time and said they trusted Mr. Barr. But they were un­will­ing to stand in its way.

Hall­mark axes Lough­lin

The Hall­mark Chan­nel cut ties Thurs­day with fa­vored star Lori Lough­lin, a day after her ar­rest in a col­lege ad­mis­sions scam put the fam­ily-friendly net­work and ex­tended Hall­mark brand in un­com­fort­able prox­im­ity to a na­tional scan­dal.

The com­pany ini­tially took a wait-and-see ap­proach after a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the scam in­volv­ing more than 30 par­ents, many of them prom­i­nent, was re­vealed Tues­day. Ms. Lough­lin and her hus­band, fash­ion de­signer Mos­simo Gian­nulli, are ac­cused of pay­ing bribes to gain their daugh­ters’ ad­mis­sions.

Cops eye Gotti in slay­ing

Gene Gotti, re­leased from prison six months ago after serv­ing 29 years for deal­ing heroin, may be un­der the watch­ful eye of au­thor­i­ties look­ing for links to the bru­tal ex­e­cu­tion of a re­puted Gam­bino fam­ily crime boss, sources told the New York Daily News.

Frank “Franky Boy”Cali, 53, died in a hail of gun­fire out­side his Staten Is­land home late Wed­nes­day. The gun­man fired up to 12 times, strik­ing Mr. Cali six times in the chest on Todt Hill about 9:15 p.m.

Face­book out­age

Face­book said a change in the way it con­fig­ured com­puter servers caused a wide­spread out­age of the so­cial me­dia net­work and its other ser­vices that stretched over two days.

From about noon New York time Wed­nes­day, global users en­coun­tered only par­tially loaded pages or no con­tent at all on Face­book’s main so­cial net­work and its re­lated ser­vices.

Smol­lett is­sues plea

“Em­pire” ac­tor Jussie Smol­lett pleaded not guilty Thurs­day to charges ac­cus­ing him of ly­ing to the po­lice about be­ing the vic­tim of a racist and ho­mo­pho­bic at­tack in down­town Chicago a few weeks ago.

Lawyer Tina Glan­dian en­tered the plea on be­half of the 36-year-old ac­tor dur­ing a hear­ing in Cook County Cir­cuit Court after Judge Steven Watkins was as­signed to over­see the case, in­clud­ing the trial.

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Se­vere floods closed high­ways, caused evac­u­a­tions and forced a se­ries of tense wa­ter res­cues across the Mid­west on Thurs­day as melt­ing snow and heavy rain cre­ated dan­ger­ous con­di­tions — part of a mas­sive storm sys­tem re­ferred to by some as a “bomb cy­clone.”

Leigh Vo­gel/The New York Times

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