ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI-THE LATEST The Latest: Trump congratulates Hyde-Smith on Senate win JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith on her election win. Trump Tweeted Tuesday night: “Congratulations to Senator Cindy…
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump congratulates Hyde-Smith on Senate win
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith on her election win.
Trump Tweeted Tuesday night: “Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi. We are all very proud of you!”
Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy to win Tuesday’s runoff. Trump visited the state to campaign for her.
INDONESIA-LION AIR CRASH
Pilots struggled to control plane that crashed in Indonesia
Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of their Boeing jet as an automatic safety system in the Boeing jet repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down, according to a draft of a preliminary report by Indonesian officials who are looking into last month’s deadly crash.
The investigators are focusing on whether faulty information from sensors led the plane’s system to force the nose down.
Indonesian authorities are expected to issue a report Wednesday, although it is unclear whether they will offer a probable cause for the Oct. 29 crash. The new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.
Boeing did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Document says Corsi tipped off Stone about leaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors believe a conservative author tipped off Trump confidant Roger Stone months before WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
That’s according to a document drafted as part of a plea offer to Jerome Corsi. The document was published Tuesday by the Washington Post.
The document says Stone asked Corsi to get in touch with WikiLeaks so he could learn about information that could be relevant to Trump’s campaign.
The document quotes Corsi as saying a “friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps.” He added that the impact of the release was “planned to be very damaging.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
Corsi said he’s rejected the offer to plead guilty to a false statements charge. He says he didn’t knowingly mislead investigators.
IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: US nixed FBI checks for teen migrant camp staff
TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — A new government watchdog memo says the Trump administration waived rigorous background checks for all staff working at the nation’s largest detention camp for migrant children .
The memo, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, says the former director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement personally signed off on sidestepping requirements for child abuse and neglect checks at the tent city in Tornillo, Texas.
None of the 2,100 staff has gone through FBI fingerprint checks either, but the Tornillo contractor says staff are vetted in other ways.
Tornillo now holds 2,324 migrant teens, and has expanded recently.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General memo confirms AP’s reporting that teens held at Tornillo are receiving inadequate mental health care.
A department spokesman did not immediately provide comment Tuesday.
US doctor warns against backlash to gene-edited baby claim
HONG KONG (AP) — A prominent American scientist is warning against a backlash to the claim that a Chinese scientist has helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies.
Harvard Medical School dean Dr. George Daley says it would be unfortunate if a misstep with a first case led scientists and regulators to reject the good that could come from altering DNA to treat or prevent diseases.
Daley spoke Wednesday at an international conference in Hong Kong, where the Chinese scientist, He Jiankui (HEH JEE-ahn-qway) of Shenzhen, also is scheduled to speak.
He says he altered the DNA of twin girls when they were conceived to try to help them resist possible future infection with the AIDS virus.
White House expresses ‘disappointment,’ ‘anger’ at GM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is expressing “great disappointment” in General Motors after the automobile giant announced it would be cutting thousands of jobs.
National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Tuesday the White House’s reaction was “a tremendous amount of disappointment maybe even spilling over into anger.”
Kudlow met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Monday after the company announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America. Kudlow says it felt as though GM “kind of turned” its back on President Donald Trump by closing the plants in the Midwest.
Kudlow says he didn’t see a recession in the offing and didn’t rule out that the White House may take action against GM.
General Motors Co. says it’s abandoning many of its car models and restructurings to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.
Bolton defends not listening to Khashoggi tape
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says he did not listen to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist because he doesn’t speak Arabic.
John Bolton says that because he doesn’t speak Arabic, he doesn’t expect he would “learn any more” from listening to the tape than from reading a transcript. Bolton spoke to reporters Tuesday at the White House.
The audio recording quickly emerged as a key piece of evidence amid conflicting accounts of Jamal Khashsoggi’s murder at a Saudi Arabian consulate in October.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known about the plot to kill Khashoggi, prompting calls by many in Congress for the U.S. to take a tougher stance with the key Gulf ally.
Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally.
Most were dispirited on Monday, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the U.S.
There was a steady line outside a shelter at a tent housing the International Organization for Migration, where officials were offering assistance for those who wanted to return to their home countries.
Officials also reported more interest from migrants wanting to start the process staying in Mexico.
MICROSOFT’S STEADY RESILIENCE
Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!
Microsoft is close to overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.
The market closed Tuesday with Microsoft just a half percent behind Apple in market value.
That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly this week — would have been surprising not long ago as rival tech giants Amazon and Google were the more likely favorites for catching up to the iPhone maker.
It’s a sign of Microsoft’s steady resilience under CEO Satya Nadella as it transitions into a cloud computing provider more focused on long-term business contracts than consumer demand.
That helped shield it from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech giants.
Fox disciplines employees who set up Trump aide appearance
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it is disciplining employees who worked with the Trump administration to craft a “Fox & Friends” interview last year with former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
An email exchange showed Pruitt’s aides suggesting the interview, passing along “talking points” and given script approval by a Fox producer.
The emails were uncovered in a Freedom of Information Act request by the Sierra Club and first reported by The Daily Beast. The story comes amid questions about the ties between Fox and the administration, where one of Fox’s top executives, Bill Shine, works as White House communications director.
Fox would not give details Tuesday about who was being disciplined or what was happening to them, citing confidentiality in personnel matters.