US intelligence officials believe Russia helped spread fake news to influence and undermine the presidential election. The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott in September will not be charged. And Netflix now allows you to download shows and movies to watch later.
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US intelligence officials believe Russia helped disseminate fake news and propaganda as part of a broader effort to influence and undermine the presidential election.
“This is beyond propaganda, that’s my understanding,” a second official said. While they said the intelligence community was confident that Russia had engaged in spreading false or misleading information, both said the FBI had not opened a specific investigation into it.
Seven members of the Senate Intelligence Committee released a letter calling on the White House to declassify “additional information” on how Russia attempted to influence the election. The letter didn’t specify what these additional details address, citing classification. Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP Photo
There’ll be no charges for the Charlotte, North Carolina, cop who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott.
A North Carolina district attorney said Officer Brentley Vinson’s use of deadly force was lawful. Scott was fatally shot by Vinson on Sept. 20 while exiting his vehicle outside of an apartment complex. Police said the 43-year-old was holding a handgun, and that he ignored commands to drop it.
Scott’s family had said that he was holding a book, but officers said they recovered only a handgun at the scene. Scott’s family said they were “profoundly disappointed” but urged protesters to remain peaceful.
Protesters returned to the streets on Wednesday night in the wake of the district attorney’s decision not to file charges against Vinson. Jason Miczek / Reuters
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Trump’s post-election tax subsidy.
Six days after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the federal government finalized a key step toward a tax subsidy worth as much as $32 million for a company owned by Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and two of his sons.
That company owns Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington, DC, located in a taxpayer-owned historic landmark known as the Old Post Office Building, which Trump leases from the federal government. The hotel has become emblematic of Trump’s many potential conflicts of interest, because when he becomes president he will effectively be both landlord and tenant.
Donald Trump with Ivanka Trump at the Washington, DC, Trump International Hotel. Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images
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What it’s like to survive one of the world’s worst dictatorships.
When Killa Ace’s song became a rallying cry for change, he was forced to flee Gambia. The West African state’s presidential election on Thursday may decide if he — and thousands of others in exile — can finally return home.
“The situation in Gambia is crazy, especially if you come from an environment where you are free,” Killa Ace — whose real name is Ali Cham — said. “You can’t even have a conversation and say the president’s name out loud without somebody becoming scared. You have to use codes to say the president’s name.” BuzzFeed News’ Monica Mark has more.
Supporters of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh — who has ruled with an iron fist for 22 years. Marco Longari / AFP / Getty Images
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