2017 Archives

NEW TAMPA SHOOTINGS
Tampa PD are investigating  responded to shots fired in the Seminole Heights area early Tuesday morning. Police found an adult male victim who suffered a gunshot wound. He is now deceased. Police are calling the incident suspicious and are treating it as related to the previous unsolved shootings that happened in the area in October.

TRUMP/WIKILEAKS/RUSSIA
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Sources President Donald Trump's oldest son has released a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website, including his responses to the communications. In the exchanges, WikiLeaks asks Trump Jr. to push its leaks and to release his father's tax returns to the site. The documents show Trump Jr. responding three times, at one point agreeing to "ask around" about a political action committee that WikiLeaks had mentioned. He also asked the site about a rumor about an upcoming leak. The messages released by Trump Jr. began in September 2016 and run through July.
-- A source close to Trump Jr. tells ABC News they believe after WikiLeaks’ initial message to him, he did send an email to campaign officials including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale and Jared Kushner sharing that WikiLeaks had made contact, as first reported by The Atlantic. Sources also confirm to ABC News that Trump Jr. has turned over his correspondence with WikiLeaks to congressional investigators – on the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees – as part of the ongoing Russia investigations on Capitol Hill, and to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

--Wikileaks is a group the intelligence community believes was used by Russia to spread information about Hillary Clinton and influence the election. Sources also confirm to ABC News Trump Jr turned over the correspondence to Congressional investigators as part of the ongoing Russia probe happening in various Capitol committees.

SESSIONS
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ABC News has learned Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authorized senior prosecutors at the Justice Department to evaluate whether allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One need to be investigated by a Special Counsel. Sessions is responding to a request to appoint a special counsel sought by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.

--Attorney general Jeff Sessions testifies Tuesday to the House Judiciary Committee—it’s an oversight hearing, and we expect a lot of questions to focus on his previous testimony that he was not aware of any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. In the time since that hearing, Carter Page claimed he told Sessions about his communication with Russian, and documents related to the George Papadopoulos case suggest he was aware of contact.

ROY MOORE
--A new accuser has come forward against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, alleging Moore assaulted her when she was 16. Moore calls the new allegations "absolutely false. I never did what she says I did. I don't even know the woman." Brenda Young Nelson produced a 1977 yearbook with a note to her signed and dated by Moore.
--The editorial board of The Birmingham News calls Moore "grossly unfit" for office.
--The head of the Senate Republican campaign committee says if Roy Moore wins his race in Alabama, the Senate should vote to expel him. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell says Moore should step aside. "I believe the women, yes."

MENENDEZ TRIAL
The judge in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez instructed the jury to continue deliberating Tuesday...after they said they were deadlocked on the 18 charges against Menendez and a wealthy donor. Prosecutors allege Menendez and wealthy Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen engaged in a bribery scheme between 2006 and 2013 in which Menendez traded his political influence for luxury vacations and flights on the doctor's private plane.

PRESIDENT TRUMP
--President Donald Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful." Trump also teased a "major statement" on trade and the trip later this week at the White House, where he is expected to promote congressional Republicans' plan to overhaul the nation's tax code. As Air Force One rolled down the runway in Manila, Trump told the reporters traveling with him that "it's been a really great 12 days." And on trade, the president said confidently that U.S. trading partners "will be treating us much differently than before." "I think the fruits of our labor are going to be incredible, whether it's security of our nations, whether it's security of the world or whether it's trade," Trump said.

- A White House official confirms to ABC News that President Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit for help in addressing the three UCLA players arrested on shoplifting charges just prior to his arrival in the country.   

NUCLEAR WEAPONS
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee – headed by one of Trump's strongest Republican critics, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee – will hear testimony from a former commander of the Pentagon's nuclear war fighting command and other witnesses. The topic: "Authority to order the use of nuclear weapons." Corker said numerous lawmakers have raised questions about legislative and presidential war-making authorities and the use of America's nuclear arsenal.

RAND PAUL
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday he is returning to Washington following an attack in his yard that left him with six broken ribs.   "While I'm still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks," Paul posted on his Twitter account.  Paul was attacked Nov. 3 while mowing his lawn, authorities said.

SEVERE WX
A series of storms will affect the Northwest coast this week that will bring heavy rain, strong winds and heavy mountain snow.  The first storm is bringing heavy rain, some mountain snow and strong winds to parts of the West Coast. The ABC News Weather Team says the most notable impact will be across parts of the Seattle and Portland metro areas, where strong wind gusts are expected later on Monday.  

BLOOD PRESSURE
The American Heart Association has changed the definition of hypertension for the first time in 14 years, moving the number from the old standard of 140/90 to the newly revised 130/80. The changes are expected to drastically impact adult Americans: revising the hypertension threshold downward will increase the percent of U.S. adults living with high blood pressure from 32 percent to 46 percent -- nearly half of the adult population.

PENN STATE HAZING DEATH
New charges were announced Monday against 17 former Penn State fraternity brothers in connection with video footage from the night of pledge Tim Piazza's fatal fall earlier this year.  The charges -- which include involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and hazing -- are the result of an investigation into surveillance video from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house basement that a fraternity member is accused of deleting, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said at a press conference.

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