From Across the Na­tion

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Comey ques­tion­ing: For­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey on Fri­day sub­mit­ted to closed in­ter­views with two House com­mit­tees in Wash­ing­ton. It was the first time he an­swered law­mak­ers’ ques­tions since an ex­plo­sive June 2016 hear­ing in which he as­serted that Pres­i­dent Trump fired him to in­ter­fere with his in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Rus­sia’s ties to the Trump cam­paign. House Repub­li­cans ques­tioned Comey on de­ci­sions made by the Jus­tice De­part­ment dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Democrats also at­tended. Repub­li­cans ar­gue de­part­ment of­fi­cials were bi­ased against Trump as they started the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his cam­paign’s ties with Rus­sia and cleared Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in a sep­a­rate probe into her email use.

Trans­gen­der stu­dent: A Vir­ginia high school teacher who re­fused to use a trans­gen­der stu­dent’s pre­ferred pro­noun has been fired. The West Point School Board voted to dis­miss Peter Vlam­ing after a hear­ing Thurs­day. The French teacher ar­gued that his Chris­tian faith pre­vented him from us­ing a male pro­noun for a stu­dent who had in­formed the school of his tran­si­tion dur­ing the sum­mer. Vlam­ing’s at­tor­ney, Shawn Voyles, said his client of­fered to use the stu­dent’s name and to avoid fem­i­nine pro­nouns, but Voyles says the school was un­will­ing to ac­cept the com­pro­mise. The school sys­tem said Vlam­ing was fired for in­sub­or­di­na­tion.

Bar shoot­ing: A Ven­tura County sher­iff ’s deputy killed in a mass shoot­ing at a bar was shot five times by a gun­man who killed 11 oth­ers, but was struck fa­tally by a bul­let fired by a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer. Ven­tura County Sher­iff Bill Ayub on Fri­day said Sgt. Ron Helus died from a bul­let shot by a CHP who joined him in the gun bat­tle Nov. 7 at the Bor­der­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks. Helus was among 12 peo­ple killed at the bar dur­ing the shootout. Gun­man Ian David Long took his own life. Au­thor­i­ties don’t know what drove Long to kill.

Storm dam­age: Crews on Fri­day as­sessed dam­age and cleanup after a storm brought record rain­fall to Los An­ge­les the day be­fore, snarling traf­fic and forc­ing evac­u­a­tions as de­bris flows hit ar­eas burned by wild­fires. A mud­slide shut down roads in and around Mal­ibu neigh­bor­hoods charred by a mas­sive wild­fire last month. There were no re­ported in­juries as­so­ci­ated with de­bris flows, though mul­ti­ple peo­ple had to be res­cued in Los An­ge­les, Or­ange, River­side and San Diego coun­ties. Down­town Los An­ge­les set a new rain­fall record Thurs­day with 1.9 inches, nearly dou­ble the pre­vi­ous record set in 1997. Con­tam­i­nated wa­ter: A judge on Fri­day or­dered Michi­gan’s chief med­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive to stand trial on in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and other charges in a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Flint wa­ter cri­sis. Dr. Eden Wells is a mem­ber of Gov. Rick Sny­der’s Cab­i­net. Five other peo­ple also have been charged with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter tied to an out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease in the Flint area. Key of­fi­cials are ac­cused of know­ing about a spike in Le­gion­naires’ but wait­ing too long to tell the pub­lic.

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