News Roundup

Memo released and Devin Nunes accused of working with White House

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is floating the idea that White House staff worked with Republican Devin Nunes who had been the most prominent proponent of the push to release the memo
  • Schiff said “I think it’s very possible his staff worked with the White House and coordinated the whole effort with the White House because it looks so much like this earlier effort”
  • This comes after Nunes denied working with the White House on releasing the memo last week, saying “as far as I know, no”
  • Schiff said on Sunday that Trump’s use of the memo “could be evidence of the president’s intent to interfere with the investigation” into Russian collusion with Trump and election meddling

Man caught in shootout after Paris Attack on November 13th, 2015 goes on trial in Brussels

  • Salah Abdeslam is alleged to have taken part in the Paris attack that left 130 dead, although he’s on trial for a shootout with Brussels police in March of 2016
  • During the first session his alleged accomplice admitted to having fought for the Islamic State in Syria and said that both accused were present during the March 2016 shootout with Brussels police
  • He’s believed to be the sole surviving suspect of the Paris attack
  • He denied to speak or defend himself, saying that he would “put [his] trust in the Lord”, instead asking the prosecution to use forensic evidence “and not swagger about to satisfy public opinion”
  • The defense says he is a low level player, but prosecutor says he was key in planning and carrying out two attacks, and was involved from start to finish including helping bring other terrorists into the country

Amtrak Crash in South Carolina

  • An engineer and conductor were killed as an Amtrak train bound for Miami hit a freight train at 60 miles per hour
  • 116 injured riders were taken to local hospitals
  • Amtrak Train 91 was traveling south early Sunday and should have continued straight, but the rail switch had been manually set to divert the train onto the track where the CSX train was parked
  • “Key to that investigation is learning why that switch was lined (aligned) that way,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference

Super Bowl

  • The Eagles won in a nail-biting game, 41-30
  • This is the first Super Bowl victory for the Eagles
  • The MVP was backup quarterback Nick Foles
  • Fans got ‘rowdy’ afterwords, smashing a Macy’s store window, breaking into a convenience store, and flipping over a car
  • There will be a parade down Main St, Philadelphia on Wednesday, with details coming later today

Israel deporting tens of thousands of African refugees

  • They’ve been given the choice of 60 days to leave for an unnamed African country in exchange for a plane ticket there and $3500, or jail
  • About 60,000 migrants have crossed Israel’s border with Egypt before the government erected a fence, almost all of them fleeing persecution and violence in Eritrea and Sudan
  • About 20,000 have already been expelled, but some have lived for years in Israel and work in low-paying jobs
  • The country has granted asylum to fewer than one percent of those who have applied

FBI was investigating Larry Nassar for over a year

  • According to a New York Times report, the F.B.I. had an inquiry into Larry Nassar for more than a year, from July 2015 until September 2016, during which at least 40 girls and women say Nassar molested them
  • The F.B.I. said the allegations against Nassar “transcended jurisdictions”

Russia has intensified air war over Syria after a jet was shot down in Idlib

  • A Russian plane was shot down on Saturday in a rebel-held area in Idlib province in northwestern Syria
  • The pilot survived the crash but was killed in a ground fight, Moscow said
  • Since then Russian air raids have struck multiple towns and cities, reportedly leveling a five-story building and hitting a hospital, although Russians deny hitting civilian targets
  • The Syrian army and its Iranian allies have made gains in the last week after capturing a major air base which have brought them just 7.5 miles from Saraqeb, the first heavily populated city in Idlib now close to their reach

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