MARCHING AGAINST GUNS
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 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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