CHICAGO HOSPITAL-SHOTS FIRED
Chicago police: Shots fired near hospital, multiple victims
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one “possible offender” has been shot.
The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are “reports of multiple victims” after shots were fired Monday afternoon near Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says officers are searching the hospital. He says at least one “possible offender is shot,” but no details were immediately released. Police are asking people to avoid the area.
A message left for hospital officials wasn’t immediately returned.
Television footage shows several people, including some wearing white coats, walking through a parking lot with their arms up.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Sheriff: Wildfire death toll rises to 79
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff says two more sets of human remains were found Monday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 79.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 700.
He says that’s about 300 fewer than what was posted at the start of Monday.
Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.
The so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. It has destroyed nearly 12,000 homes.
Welcome to Washington. Will you vote for Pelosi?
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the big question confronting newly elected House Democrats: Will you vote for Nancy Pelosi?
The freshmen swept into office by the midterm elections are caught at the center of an escalating power struggle over Pelosi’s future. And that’s before they’re sworn in.
The clash intensified Monday as Pelosi’s critics unveiled a letter signed by 16 Democrats, including five freshmen, vowing to oppose her. That could be enough to derail her bid, if it holds.
A clear alternative to the party leader has not yet emerged. A test vote is coming when lawmakers return from Thanksgiving break next week The new members get to vote in the party election, though they’re not officially in Congress yet.
Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year.
That’s according to The Washington Post, which reports the emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to questions Monday, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report.
Peter Mirijanian says, “While transitioning into government… Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family.” He says no classified information was transmitted and the emails have been “retained” in conformity with records’ laws.
President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server, labeling her “Crooked Hillary” and saying she belonged in jail.
COLORADO FAMILY KILLED-THE LATEST
The Latest: Prosecutors say man choked wife, smothered kids
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors say a Colorado man strangled his pregnant wife and smothered their two young daughters.
Christopher Watts received three consecutive life sentences without a chance at parole on Monday, nearly two weeks after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty.
Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke’s comments on how Watts killed his family are the first time authorities have discussed how the family died.
Authorities had prevented release of the autopsies for Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts, saying their cause of death would be crucial evidence if Christopher Watts was tried for murder.
Rourke said Shanann Watts’ only injuries were on the right side of her neck, showing marks from fingers or finger nails.
Kremlin critic Browder faces new charges in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors have announced a new criminal case against Kremlin critic Bill Browder and say he might be behind the death of his former employee in a Russian prison.
Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in 2009 following a year in pre-trial detention after alleging he had uncovered a $230 million tax fraud by Russian officials. Browder, who owned a major investment fund in Russia, then mounted a campaign to bring Magnitsky’s killers to justice. He pushed through legislation in the United States imposing travel and financial sanctions on top Russian officials including prosecutors.
Russian prosecutors on Monday announced new charges against Browder, accusing him of forming a criminal group to embezzle funds in Russia. They also said they suspect Magnitsky’s death in prison was a poisoning and said they have a “theory” Browder was behind the poisoning.
MEDIA-CNN VS TRUMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: White House to fully restore CNN reporter’s pass
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will fully restore Jim Acosta’s White House credentials, but has warned the CNN reporter that he must follow a series of rules at future news conferences.
On Twitter, CNN said: “Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary.”
The White House letter sent to Acosta Monday makes clear his credentials could be threatened again, stressing new rules for press conferences, including limiting each reporter to a single question with follow-ups at the discretion of the president.
The White House revoked Acosta’s pass after a news conference clash with President Donald Trump.
A federal judge issued a temporary order restoring Acosta’s pass last week. The White House quickly sent Acosta a letter threatening to take it away again when that order expired
GUATEMALA-VOLCANO OF FIRE
Evacuations urged near Guatemala’s erupting Volcano of Fire
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Disaster coordination authorities have asked eight communities in Guatemala to evacuate and go to safe areas after an increased eruption of the Volcano of Fire.
The volcano is located between the departments of Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez in the south-central part of the country.
David de León, spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, told The Associated Press that at least eight communities should leave.
De León said monitoring of the volcano’s activity during the day showed the intensity of the eruption was being maintained, so the evacuation was called for to protect people.
An eruption of the volcano in June killed 194 people and left at least 234 missing, although organizations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons.
Sensual goddess fresco discovered in ancient Pompeii bedroom
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists have found in an ancient Pompeii bedroom a fresco depicting a sensual scene of a goddess and swan.
Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA on Monday that the figure of goddess Leda being impregnated by a swan representing Roman god Jupiter is a fairly common theme in Pompeii home decoration.
But he praised this fresco as exceptional since the goddess appears to look at whoever’s looking at the fresco. Osanna said “Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced.”
The fresco was discovered Friday during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures after rains and wear-and-tear in past years caused some ruins to collapse.
The flourishing ancient Roman city was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
EXCHANGE STUDENT-SCHOOL THREAT
Taiwanese student accused of school threat to be deported
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening to “shoot up” his high school near Philadelphia has been spared additional time in prison but will be deported.
An-Tso Sun has been in custody since March after local school authorities were alerted to a threat he had made. The 18-year-old student called the talk a joke, but authorities found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, in the home of his host family.
A federal judge Monday declined a prosecution request to sentence him to two or more years in prison for his guilty plea to a firearms-related charge but ordered his deportation. He agreed to the deportation as part of a plea agreement.
The judge cited his youth and a strong family support system. Sun’s parents are actor and assistant film director Sun Peng and actress Di Ying.
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