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1. The F.B.I. opened an inquiry into whether or not President Trump was secretly working with Russia after he fired James Comey as F.B.I. director, in accordance with former regulation enforcement officers and others conversant in the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators needed to contemplate whether or not the president’s personal actions constituted a potential risk to nationwide safety.
The particular counsel, Robert Mueller, took over the inquiry when he was appointed days after F.B.I. officers opened it. The investigation additionally had a felony facet, which has lengthy been publicly identified: whether or not Mr. Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
The inquiry into Mr. Trump is a part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russia interfered within the 2016 election and whether or not any Trump associates conspired. It’s unclear whether or not Mr. Mueller continues to be pursuing the counterintelligence matter.
No proof has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly involved with or took course from Russian authorities officers.
2. At midnight, the partial authorities shutdown turned the longest in American historical past.
Our White Home correspondents analyzed the temper in Washington.
Formally, Republicans blame Democrats. Privately, many concede, the stalemate over President Trump’s demand for a border wall has been made exponentially worse by how the White Home performed its playing cards on Capitol Hill, the place two years of contradictory statements and actions have constructed up a profound lack of belief.
“It’s at all times tough when the individual you’re negotiating with modifications their thoughts — together with my spouse,” stated Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas.
“It has been horrible,” stated Andrea Caviedes, a single mom who’s furloughed from the Agriculture Division. “My lease invoice is due, my electrical invoice is due, my water invoice is due, and I’ve medical bills.” Ms. Caviedes, above proper, serves on her church’s stage manufacturing staff in her spare time.
To her buddy Ximena Gumpel, it’s a blip on the nightly information: “You type of push it apart and determine it would cross, that it’s simply political bickering,” she stated.
The partial shutdown is beginning to have an effect on air journey as a rising variety of safety brokers are refusing to work for no pay. One other business being held hostage by the shutdown: craft brewing.
four. The U.S. started withdrawing gear from Syria — however no troops but — as a part of President Trump’s order to wind down navy operations there.
Officers stated the variety of American troops would possibly truly improve in Syria, to assist shield the ultimate withdrawal — an operation that’s nonetheless anticipated to take at the least 4 to 6 months. Above, a convoy of U.S. navy autos in Syria in December.
As not too long ago as Sunday, the White Home nationwide safety adviser, John Bolton, stated the pullout was conditional. Then early Friday, a vaguely worded assertion from the American navy headquarters in Baghdad stated the withdrawal course of had begun.
The shock announcement got here amid persevering with confusion over plans to disengage from one of many Center East’s most advanced conflicts.
5. An 18-year-old girl who fled Saudi Arabia fearing for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, officers stated.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, above proper, had rallied assist from an airport lodge room in Thailand to keep away from being deported, saying she feared that her relations would possibly kill her.
The phenomenon of girls attempting to flee Saudi Arabia just isn’t new. However the variety of younger ladies contemplating and taking the large threat seems to have grown in recent times, rights teams say, as ladies annoyed by social and authorized constraints at dwelling flip to social media to assist plan, and generally doc, their efforts to flee.
In Saudi Arabia, all ladies are required to have a male guardian, whose permission they should get married, journey and endure some medical procedures. “It’s male guardianship that made us flee from Saudi Arabia,” stated one girl who ran away as a young person. “That’s the largest motive that the ladies flee.”
6. Poland has arrested two telecommunications executives, together with a Chinese language worker of Huawei, and charged them with spying for Beijing.
The arrest of the Huawei worker is virtually sure to escalate tensions between Western international locations and China over the corporate, which the authorities in the US have accused of appearing as an arm of the Chinese language authorities and making gear designed for spying.
In December, the daughter of Huawei’s founder was arrested in Canada on the request of the U.S. It was unclear whether or not the arrests in Poland had been requested by the U.S., however a senior Western diplomat stated the Justice Division had been working with the Polish authorities.
Huawei has lengthy denied spying for the Chinese language authorities.
7. A 13-year-old woman who disappeared the identical evening her mother and father had been shot to dying in rural Wisconsin was discovered alive, three months after their homicide.
Jayme Closs, above, escaped from the house the place she had been held and was discovered wandering on a street by a passer-by in Gordon, Wis., on Thursday afternoon. Jake Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal prices of homicide and kidnapping, the authorities stated, including that “the suspect had deliberate his actions.”
The homicide case and Jayme’s disappearance set off waves of concern and hypothesis across the small city of Barron and drew nationwide consideration. Jayme’s identify topped the F.B.I.’s lacking individuals listing.
eight. “Our metropolis is Latino and we carry our cultures with us from different international locations.”
There are 50,000 avenue distributors in Los Angeles, in accordance with official estimates, and promoting on town’s sidewalks is usually the primary career for newly arrived immigrants.
However for over a century, sidewalk merchandising has been formally forbidden and lots of on the streets confronted crackdowns. Now, as a part of California’s push to guard undocumented immigrants, Los Angeles has legalized the commerce.
One vendor informed us the change acknowledged the contributions of immigrants. Observe our reporter and discover the neighborhood distributors of a altering metropolis.
9. Did Fortnite steal the Floss?
That’s the query earlier than a federal court docket reviewing complaints from three performers who say the online game used their signature dance strikes with out their permission.
The survival recreation is free to obtain, however gamers buy add-ons as they go alongside, together with a rotating providing of dance strikes known as “emotes.”
Among the many strikes in query are an enthusiastic arm-swinging movement that appears similar to the Floss, above, created by a young person known as Backpack Child, and a quick quantity known as Contemporary that’s uncannily just like the Carlton Dance from “The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air.”
10. Feminine ranchers are reclaiming the American West.
As males go away animal agriculture for much less gritty work, extra ranches are being led by ladies — with new concepts about know-how, ecology and the land. For some ladies, it’s about turning custom on its head. For Native American ladies, it’s a return to the pure order.
“We’re a matriarchal society, at all times have been,” stated one member of the Lakota Nation.
Above, Caitlyn Taussig and her mom, Vicki Taussig, mending fences on their ranch in Kremmling, Colo.
In the meantime, our graphic journalist talked to a bootmaker in Spring Metropolis, Utah, about what goes right into a $four,500 pair of handmade boots. They take months, even years, to make.
11. Lastly, we finish the week with somewhat little bit of magic.
After a long time of acting on tv in Ecuador, the famend magician Olmedo Renteria — aka Olmedini El Mago — moved to New York Metropolis to make his mark. Now he showcases his skills to audiences commuting on town’s subways.
Mr. Renteria, 78 and blind since a stroke a decade in the past, often works the subway for 4 hours with assist from an assistant. Whereas performing his routine, he likes to punctuate methods by singing out the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
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