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President Trump mentioned that he was being investigated by the government in a tweet on Friday. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," the president tweeted. Although he did not specifically identify “the man” in his tweet, it could be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He is responsible for appointing Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel in the Russian investigation. Rosenstein penned a letter to President Trump back in May, criticizing former FBI director James Comey. – REUTERS
Michelle Carter, who sent text messages to her boyfriend encouraging him to commit suicide, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The 20-year-old sent the messages to Conrad Roy III back in 2014, as he was in the process of taking his own life. Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, who testified for the defense, claimed that Carter herself was a “troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking a medication that impacted her empathy and decision-making. She is now facing up to 20 years in prison, and she will be sentenced in August. – BOSTON
A man with a knife was detained at the gates of Parliament in Westminster, London this morning. British police noticed the man was acting suspiciously, and when they approached him, he reached for a knife. Officers fired a Taser stun gun at the individual and detained him at the scene. "At this time it is too early to understand the motivation so we have not declared this a terrorist incident,” the police said in a statement. “However given the location, the circumstances and recent tragic events, the MPS Counter Terrorism Command will be investigating this incident." – REUTERS
President Trump will keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. According to the Department of Homeland Security, recipients of DACA “will continue to be eligible” for renewal, and no work permits will be terminated prior to their expiration dates. Although President Trump had said he would terminate DACA while campaigning in 2016, he said in an interview that recipients “shouldn’t be worried.” “This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy,” said David Leopold, an immigration lawyer. – ATLANTIC
McDonald’s has ended its 41-year-old partnership with the Olympic Games, three years earlier than originally planned. The fast food company announced in 2016 that it was re-evaluating its “relationship with the Olympics.” McDonald’s, which had been one of the top sponsors of the Games, had been contributing about $1 billion every four years to the event. "In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald's is looking to focus on different business priorities," Timmo Lumme, managing director of International Olympic Committee Television and Marketing Services. – REUTERS
The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR claims that there are 100,000 civilians still trapped behind ISIS lines in Mosul, Iraq. ISIS militants are shooting at families trying to flee the city by foot or boat. "These civilians are basically held as human shields in the Old City," said UNHCR representative Bruno Geddo. "There is hardly any food, water, electricity, fuel. These civilians are living in an increasingly worsening situation of penury and panic because they are surrounded by fighting." The offensive to retake Mosul has been ongoing since Oct. 17. – REUTERS
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has turned over several items to investigators looking into an alleged money laundering scam by a Malaysian investment fund. Production company Red Granite has been accused of using $100 million that had been diverted from the 1MDB fund to finance “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Some of the items DiCaprio returned came from peo...