The classified report requested by President Barack Obama detailing Russia's alleged role in cyberattacks during U.S. presidential elections dating back to 2008 is now complete, and he is expected to receive the first briefing on its findings on Thursday afternoon, U.S. officials tell ABC News. President-elect Donald Trump, who said last week he would receive his briefing on the matter on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, is scheduled to receive his briefing on Friday. Both briefings will be conducted by the heads of relevant agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the CIA.
Four people are in custody after Chicago police discovered an apparent torture video originally streamed on Facebook Live. An adult man with "mental health challenges" believed to be the victim in the video was found disoriented and walking around on Chicago's West Side. The victim was held for between 24 and 48 hours, police said. He was eventually unbound and let go, which is when police found him. The offenders are described as two women and two men, all around 18-years-old. There are references in the video to President-elect Donald Trump.
President Obama held a rare meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday to huddle with congressional democrats on how to save Obamacare. Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with House republicans to discuss a plan to repeal the president's signature legislation. Democrats accuse Republicans of having no plan, warning "you break it, you buy it." Republicans say they hope to have a bill in place for a vote a month after Donald Trump is sworn into office.
After being convicted of murdering nine African-American parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last year in Charleston, South Carolina, jurors now must decide whether Dylann Roof spends life in prison or gets the death penalty. Opening statements began Wednesday. Roof is representing himself and told the jury that he plans to present no case. He told jurors that he is not mentally ill. Prosecutors called up witnesses and family members of Roof's victims, who gave emotional testimonies.
-- Two top Trump cabinet picks met with Democratic senators Wednesday in Washington. Mr. Trump's nominee for secretary of State, ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson, met with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Sen. Coons said he was encouraged by the meeting but didn't say if he was ready to back Tillerson. Democrats have labeled Tillerson as one of their top problem picks due to his close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mr. Trump's nominee for attorney general, met with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Sen. Durbin said he gave Sen. Sessions the book White Rage, by Carol Anderson, about race in America after the Civil War and the role of the Voting Rights Act, but he refused to say whether Sessions is a racist.
The man who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day is probably an ethnic Uighur and Turkish security services now know where he might be hiding, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Thursday. Kaynak described the man as a "specially trained" member of a cell who carried out the attack alone and said that while the possibility of him fleeing abroad could not be ruled out, security operations inside Turkey were more likely to find him. A dawn raid was carried out on Thursady in an Istanbul suburb.
Up to 56” of snow fell in the Sierra Mountains in the last few days and that same Jetstream is now headed across the entire country, forcasted to produce snow from California to Alabama and up to New York. 33 states are under Winter Weather Alerts. The first storm that brought all the snow to Kansas City overnight will brig accumulating snow for the Mid-Atlantic and southern NY and into southern New England tonight and into Friday morning. The second storm will track further south on Friday afternoon into Saturday, bringing snow and Ice from Birmingham to Atlanta and into Raleigh.
--Several major airlines have issued travel waivers, allowing passengers flying to, from or thru airports in parts of the Southeast, West and Southern Plains to rebook their travel plans free of charge if they have plans to travel in the coming days as winter storms bear down on various regions.
Federal investigators are on the scene of a Long Island Rail Road train derailment that occurred Wednesday morning in downtown Brooklyn. More than 100 passengers were hurt, though officials say the most serious injury is a broken leg. It's unclear what caused the train to strike and run past the bumping block at the end of the track, hitting a wall. Passengers say the train was traveling fast into the station.
Crews are searching for a roto craft that witnesses say went into the water Wednesday evening off the coast of San Pedro, California. Los Angeles Port Police say they received a call about reports from passengers aboard a departing cruise ship that the craft went down near Angel's Gate. No debris had been found as of Wednesday night. It's unclear how many people may be missing. The craft apparently was a two-seater possibly from Torrance.
CARRIE FISHER-DEBBIE REYNOLDS
After the unexpected deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a private memorial has been set for family members and close friends of the iconic mother-daughter duo. The joint memorial will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, sources close to the family told ABC News. A public event is also in the works.