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    On Friday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey delivered a classified, hour-long briefing to the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Russia scandal, and soon after, the Senate Intelligence Committee sent "formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to the committee's investigation" into the controversy. Reading between the lines, this makes it sound as if the Republican-led panel is trying to knock down the idea that a special select committee is necessary to investigate the scandal without political interference. A day later, Reuters reported that the FBI is pursuing "at least three separate probes" related to Russian intervention in American politics, "according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation." Two of three, according to the report, relate to alleged cyber-crimes, while the third is the ongoing counter-espionage probe.

  • The Stone Precedent for Smith?

    The Arizona Coyotes traded 26-year-old defenseman Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames on Monday afternoon. In exchange for the right-handed Stone, Arizona acquired Calgary’s 2017 third-round draft pick as well as a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Arizona also retained half of Stone’s $4M salary. This is not a ground-breaking trade by any means, but could Michael Stone’s deal set a precedent for what Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings could acquire by possibly trading Brendan Smith before the trade deadline? Stone, who is two years younger than Smith, has played roughly the same amount of total NHL games (326 for Stone, 317 for Smith) but has also slightly out-produced

  • MYSTERY: Half-eaten shark on Florida beach raises speculation about what killed it

    A half-eaten shark that washed up on a Florida beach Saturday raised questions about a bigger fish possibly lurking in the water. A Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue lifeguard snapped a photo of the shark on New Smyrna Beach. Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Morris told News 4 Jax that the shark was “definitely” eaten by a bigger fish. She added that the shark was either a blacktip or spinner shark. A 14-foot great white shark named Katherine was spotted off the Florida coast in January. Another great white shark was spotted in the waters on Feb. 1, Florida wildlife officials said. Morris said half-eaten sharks do not wash up on the beach often, but she has seen it before. Officials said

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  • When a Pimp's "Bottom Girl" Does the Dirty Work, She's Often the One Who Ends Up Punished

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  • Melania Trump's sister shows rare behind-the-scenes look

    (CNN)Melania Trump is beginning to forge her own path as America's first lady, assembling a team of aides and advisers. But the name of one longtime confidante, and perhaps her most trusted friend, won't be announced with a news release or statement or a new title: her sister, Ines Knauss. Knauss, Trump's older sister, lives just blocks from Trump Tower in the Trump Park Avenue property, public records confirm. She was Trump's maid of honor at her 2005 Palm Beach wedding, People magazine reported at the time. And the first lady called Knauss "an incredible woman and a friend" in her July speech at the Republican National Convention. And the sister of the famously private Slovenian-born first