‘Shock and Awe’ in Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, unveiled criminal charges against three former Trump campaign officials on Monday. Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, and Richard Gates, a business partner, both pleaded not guilty to tax fraud and money laundering. George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation. Read the story from NPR.

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Kevin Spacey

Netflix said on Monday that “House of Cards” will end after the forthcoming sixth season. The announcement comes after the show’s star, Kevin Spacey, was accused of making sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy in 1986. Read the story from The AP.

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Military Transgender Ban Blocked

A federal judge temporarily halted President Trump’s policy barring transgender people from serving in the military, ruling that “there is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effect on the military at all.” Read the story from The Atlantic.


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Halloween Business is Booming

Record sales for Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations are forecast this year as consumer confidence soars. Read the story from NPR.