Mick Mulvaney called to testify in impeachment inquiry
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is scheduled to testify Friday before the House impeachment inquiry, but the White House said he won’t appear. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Mulvaney won’t “participate in such a ridiculous, partisan, illegitimate proceeding.” Mulvaney acknowledged during an Oct. 17 news conference at the White House that President Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in part to encourage an investigation of the 2016 election, a trade-off that Mulvaney described as being common in diplomacy. But he later issued a statement saying there was no quid pro quo to provide aid in exchange for an investigation.
A year after deadly Camp Fire, Paradise pauses to remember
Friday marks one year since the deadliest wildfire in California history — the Camp Fire — broke out and burned for 17 days through 240 square miles of Butte County in Northern California. The fire killed at least 85 people, destroyed more than 10,000 homes and laid to waste the town of Paradise. Investigators determined the cause of the blaze was a faulty transmission line owned by Pacific Gas & Electric — the utility eventually filed for bankruptcy, facing billions in liabilities from the Camp Fire and other wildfires in Northern and Central California. Local officials are asking people to pause for 85 seconds beginning at 11:08 a.m. — one second for every person who was killed.
Camp Fire evacuees of Butte County, California, gather to support neighbors, stock up on basic necessities and plan their next steps toward rebuilding.
Ex-Twitter employee recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on critics due in court
A former Twitter employee charged with acting as an unregistered agent for Saudi Arabia to spy on the kingdom’s critics is due for a detention hearing Friday. According to a complaint unsealed this week in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, federal prosecutors allege the Saudis paid Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah tens of thousands of dollars through secret bank accounts to entice them to snoop on the private information of more than 6,000 Twitter users.The complaint also alleges that Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, falsified documents and lied to FBI agents when they questioned him at his Seattle home. Abouammo appeared Wednesday in Seattle federal court and was ordered to remain in custody at least until Friday’s hearing.
Target’s two-day ‘HoliDeals’ kicks off as preview to Black Friday
Target’s “HoliDeals” – savings on thousands of items throughout the season – kicks off Friday with a two-day Black Friday preview sale. According to a news release, the preview sale held Friday and Saturday offers four times the number of early deals compared to last year, including 5% off Target digital gift cards. “This is the busiest time of year for our guests, and with the shortened season, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to cross everything off their holiday list at Target,” said Rick Gomez, the company’s executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer. Others deals include a $200 Target gift card with a purchase of the newest generation iPhones and Beats Solo3 for $129.99, regularly $299.99.
Man wanted in connection with slain couple to appear in court
A Utah man wanted in connection with the missing New Hampshire couple found buried at a Texas beach is scheduled to appear in court Friday after being apprehended in Mexico. Adam Curtis Williams, 33, was booked into the Kleberg County jail in South Texas late Wednesday on suspicion of felony theft of service and assault on a peace officer. His bond was set at $1 million, according to online records. He is expected to appear before a Kleberg County judge Friday morning. Amanda Noverr, who was considered a person of interest in the case, was also apprehended. Authorities would not say if Williams and Noverr are suspects in the murder. The bodies of James and Michelle Butler were found buried in a shallow grave Oct. 27 on North Padre Island in South Texas.
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