Breaking News Emails
Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. South Carolina House Votes to Remove Confederate Flag
After 13 hours of debate, House representatives voted 94-20 to take down the divisive banner from the Statehouse, following the Senate's similar action on Tuesday. The bill now goes before Gov. Nikki Haley, who is poised to sign it, and will require the flag to be removed within 24 hours before it is placed in the Confederate Relic Room. Read more in NEWS.
One of the most impassioned pleas for the flag's removal came from Rep. Jenny Horne:
2. GOP Chief Tells Trump to ‘Tone It Down’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called presidential candidate Donald Trump and asked him to pull back his tough talk on immigration, a source familiar with the conversation told NBC News. But the billionaire doubled down Wednesday in an interview with NBC, insisting he had nothing to apologize for — even insisting he would win the Latino vote. Read more in POLITICS.
3. New York Stock Exchange Reopens After Glitch
Financial eyes were on the stock market Thursday morning after a technical issue forced trading on the NYSE to be halted Wednesday for more than three-and-a-half hours. Earlier, the NYSE took to Twitter to assure the public that the shutdown was not caused by a cyberattack, a message that was echoed by the Obama administration. Read more in BUSINESS.
4. Bill Cosby Accuser Wants Deposition Unsealed
One of the comedian's accusers is asking a federal judge to unseal and make public an entire 2005 deposition in which Cosby says he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with women. Small parts of the deposition were made public earlier this week. It is not clear what or even if Cosby — who has denied the sexual assault allegations — discussed other behaviors or acts in the deposition. Read more in NEWS.
5. F-16 Collision Another Tragedy for Family
A midair collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son Tuesday was the second fatal tragedy to strike their South Carolina family in the past week. Michael Johnson and his adult son, Joseph, were killed in the crash — days after Johnson's brother and sister-in-law were found murdered in their Missouri home. Read more in NEWS.
6. Hamas Holding Israeli Captive in Gaza: Officials
The Israeli government said in a statement that Avraham Mangisto, 28, independently crossed into the Gaza Strip in September and is one of two Israelis being held by Hamas. The cases were made public after Israel's military lifted a gag order Thursday. The saga is sure to evoke memories of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive for more than five years. Read more in NEWS.
7. Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Water Amid Drought
Selleck, the 70-year-old star of "Blue Bloods" and formerly of "Magnum, P.I.," and his wife, Jillie, were sued this week by a Southern California water district for allegedly sending a water tender — like the giant tanker trucks used to supply fire engines — to siphon off tankloads of water from a public hydrant at a construction site at least 12 times over the last two years. Read more in NEWS.
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