5 things for January 17: Russia probe, CIA arrest, Navy collisions, Palestinian aid

If you were in Michigan last night and ...

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 2:15 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2018 2:15 PM

If you were in Michigan last night and saw the sky light up, don't worry. It wasn't aliens, just a "likely" meteor. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Russia investigation

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours yesterday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House "gag order."

Bannon confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that he was issued a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. He was also slapped with a new subpoena on Tuesday from the committee itself. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said after the hearing that Bannon was instructed by the White House in advance of the hearing not to respond to certain topics.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the White House was not concerned with what Bannon might say to Congress or Mueller's team. But she did not say whether the White House directed Bannon not to answer certain questions.

2. National security

It sounds like something straight out of a spy movie. An ex-CIA officer -- who allegedly had the real names of undercover CIA employees in small notebooks -- gets arrested at JFK airport. Also said to be contained in the notebooks: top-secret phone numbers, addresses of covert facilities and operational notes. The suspect, Jerry Chun Shing Lee,-was charged with unlawful retention of national defense information and faces up to a decade in prison, if convicted. He did not enter a plea Tuesday. Lee, who left the CIA in 2007, had been living in Hong Kong.

3. Navy ship collisions

The former commanders of two Navy destroyers involved in separate, fatal collisions last year will-face negligent homicide charges. The ex-commanding officers of the USS McCain and the USS Fitzgerald-also will face charges of-dereliction of duty and hazarding a vessel, the Navy said. Ten sailors died on the McCain after it collided with a merchant ship off Singapore in August. Seven sailors lost their lives when the Fitzgerald hit a ship in June off the coast of Japan. The crews of both ships failed to fulfill-key training qualifications ahead of the incidents, records show.

4. Palestinian aid

The US will hold back more than half the funding it gives to Palestinian refugees, making good on a threat President Trump tweeted out weeks ago. The US will release $60 million to the United Nations Relief Works Agency, which helps Palestinians in the-West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The remaining $65 million will be held indefinitely. The State Department said this wasn't punishment for the Palestinians pushing for a UN vote to condemn Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

5. Rohingya

There's a plan to send thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to Myanmar, and-it's already drawing criticism. The repatriation plan, agreed to by both countries, would return more than 650,000 people within two years. Bangladesh would establish five transit camps near the countries' border, with two reception centers on the Myanmar side. Amnesty International and other human rights groups say returning to Myanmar is "a terrifying prospect" for the mainly Muslim Rohingya, who fled violence in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

Kyle Stephens-to Dr. Larry Nassar during his sentencing. Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. Stephens and 97 others are set to give victim statements during the sentencing hearing.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

People are talking about these. Read up. Join in.

Candy sale

Nestle is selling its candy brands, like Butterfinger and BabyRuth, to Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, so it can concentrate on other stuff, like bottled water.

Oh, baby

Say congrats to Kim K and Kayne. They're the proud parents of baby No. 3. No word yet on what supercool name they'll give her.

Out of the sky

If you're drinking, you won't be droning in New Jersey, now that a bill banning the operation of drones while under the influence has been signed into law.

Does he have an invisibility cloak, too?

Sen. Orrin Hatch took off his invisible glasses during that contentious Senate hearing with-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and pretty much won the internet.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH

Compare and contrast

Arizona Sen. (and Trump critic) Jeff Flake today will deliver a floor speech comparing the President's media attacks to similar ones made by late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He has incredibly good genes, and it's just the way God made him."

Presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, giving a glowing bill of health for President Trump

AND FINALLY ...

Swinging out

A cow pushing two kids in a tire swing is the cutest thing ever. You're welcome. (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 64214

Reported Deaths: 3036
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11724445
Cuyahoga8979393
Hamilton6781207
Lucas2952305
Marion274539
Montgomery244035
Summit2327209
Pickaway222241
Mahoning1928239
Butler182147
Columbiana137860
Stark1214114
Lorain112069
Trumbull104578
Warren97725
Clark80010
Delaware69815
Fairfield66717
Tuscarawas60410
Lake58923
Medina58232
Belmont56922
Licking56812
Miami50631
Portage49259
Wood48851
Clermont4737
Ashtabula44744
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3715
Allen35641
Greene3439
Mercer29910
Erie27122
Holmes2595
Darke25626
Huron2402
Madison2169
Ottawa17324
Sandusky16015
Washington14620
Ross1443
Coshocton1423
Athens1391
Crawford1385
Putnam13715
Hardin12312
Morrow1201
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1092
Muskingum1001
Union931
Preble901
Monroe8917
Hancock861
Lawrence830
Guernsey823
Clinton811
Hocking809
Williams762
Shelby744
Logan711
Ashland672
Carroll673
Fulton670
Scioto670
Wyandot635
Brown611
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland501
Van Wert471
Perry441
Seneca412
Henry330
Paulding300
Jackson280
Pike280
Adams261
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble140
Harrison131
Meigs130
Morgan110
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 81°
Angola
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 79°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 75°
Decatur
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Van Wert
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Sunday starts wet, ends dry
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events