Storm dumps snow on Mid­west; at least 5 dead

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NEWS BRIEFS FBI probed whether Trump worked for Rus­sia

WASH­ING­TON — Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials be­came so con­cerned by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's be­hav­ior in the days af­ter he fired FBI Direc­tor James Comey that they be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether he had been work­ing for Rus­sia against U.S. in­ter­ests, The New York Times re­ported.

The re­port Fri­day cites un­named for­mer law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and oth­ers fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­quiry forced coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tors to eval­u­ate whether Trump was a po­ten­tial threat to na­tional se­cu­rity, and they also sought to de­ter­mine whether Trump was de­lib­er­ately work­ing for Rus­sia or had un­in­ten­tion­ally been in­flu­enced by Moscow.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Gi­u­liani told the Times that he had no knowl­edge of the in­quiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard any­thing, ap­par­ently “they found noth­ing.”

ST. LOUIS — A mas­sive win­ter snow­storm that blan­keted sev­eral Mid­west states was a fac­tor in at least five road deaths on Satur­day and forced the grounds crew to scram­ble to clear snow from Ar­row­head Sta­dium in Kansas City ahead of the NFL di­vi­sional play­off game.

The storm moved into Kansas and Ne­braska from the Rock­ies on Fri­day, then east into Mis­souri, Iowa, Illi­nois and In­di­ana, cov­er­ing roads and mak­ing driv­ing dan­ger­ous. Part of In­ter­state 44 near St. Louis was blocked for sev­eral hours Satur­day, and at one point the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol warned of traf­fic de­lays as long as eight hours.

Mis­souri had got­ten the worst of the storm by Satur­day, with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­port­ing more than a foot of snow Satur­day morn­ing in some places around St. Louis and Jef­fer­son City.

NE­VADA CITY, Calif. — The threat of cat­a­strophic wild­fires has driven a Cal­i­for­nia town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” cam­paign to bring herds of goats to help clear brush.

Ne­vada City in the Sierra Ne­vada be­gan the on­line crowd­sourc­ing cam­paign last month with the goal of rais­ing $30,000 for the project.

The cam­paign's web­site ex­plains that be­cause it takes time to se­cure grant fund­ing, the town needs money now to hire goat ranch­ers be­cause they're only avail­able this win­ter.

The ranch­ers have rented out their herds to other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Cal­i­for­nia the rest of the year and were ex­pand­ing their herds to meet de­mand, city of­fi­cials said.

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