Facebook to Turn Over Russian Ads to Congress

Facebook will turn over Russian advertisements that were purchased on the social media platform to congressional investigators. “We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election,” Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch said in a statement. Russians bought ads on Facebook as part of its efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. The Daily Beast first reported Russian efforts to mobilize Trump voters on the social media platform, including the use of Facebook’s events tool to organize protests. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, applauded Facebook’s decision. “Important & absolutely necessary first step. The American people deserve to know the truth about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” Warner wrote on Twitter.


Roy Moore in 2005: ‘Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal’

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal,” and declared in 2015 that “homosexuality should be illegal.” Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court justice, was suspended from the court last year for refusing to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Moore is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, facing off against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a runoff next Tuesday. Strange has the backing of President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), while Moore’s backers include prominent Trump-aligned conservatives like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.


Aaron Hernandez Had Severe CTE Brain Condition

Former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found to have had severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurological condition connected to repeated head trauma as a result of playing football. Hernandez, 27, committed suicide in April, and was found dead in his jail cell. The convict’s lawyer, Jose Baez, said on Thursday that Hernandez had “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of [his] age.”

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Ivanka Trump to Dr. Oz: Not My Job to ‘Moderate’ the President

Asked by Dr. Mehmet Oz in an interview that aired Thursday if she views herself as a “voice of moderation” in her father's administration, as many pundits have characterized her over the past eight months, Ivanka Trump said that her role is to “inform, advise and then ultimately” execute the president's vision. “So I’m not the decision maker,” she said. “I have my views and I share them candidly.” Since voters elected Trump “based on his agenda,” she said, “It’s not my job to undermine that agenda.” Ultimately, she said, “I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate, and I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity.” In the same interview on Dr. Oz, Ivanka Trump discussed her struggles with postpartum depression, saying, “It was a very challenging, emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive. I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way, the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”


Marine Corps Set to Have Its First Female Infantry Officer

The Marine Corps is set to make history by having its first female infantry officer, following her expected graduation from the service’s Infantry Officer Course, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The as-yet unidentified female lieutenant has just completed a three-week combat exercise at the end of a 13-week program. She is the first of about three dozen women who have tried to pass the course.


4-Year-Old Dies of Gunshot Wound After Reaching for Candy in Her Grandmother’s Purse

A 4-year-old girl in Tampa was killed when she reached into her grandmother’s purse looking for candy and instead found a gun, according to her family. Yanelly Zoller pulled the trigger on the weapon and shot herself in the chest by accident, her father, Shane Zoller, 22, said. “She just wanted some damn candy,” Zoller told the Tampa Bay Times. Police say the case is still under investigation but that they have no reason to doubt the family’s story. “She loved to help daddy work on the car,” he said. “She would hand me tools. But she also really liked doing her makeup.” The family’s obituary noted that Yanelly also enjoyed playing with her puppy, jumping on the couch, and watching cartoons.

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L’Oreal Heiress Liliane Bettencourt Dead at 94

Liliane Bettencourt, the wealthiest woman in the world and the heiress of cosmetics giant L’Oreal, has died at the age of 94, according to her daughter. The Bettencourt family has a 33-percent stake in the company. “In this painful moment for us, I would like to reiterate, on behalf of our family, our entire commitment and loyalty to L’Oreal and to renew my confidence in its President Jean-Paul Agon and his teams worldwide,” Françoise Bettencourt Meyers said in a statement.


KB Home Cuts CEO Jeffrey Mezger’s Bonus After His Kathy Griffin Rant

Following an expletive-laden rant aimed at comedian Kathy Griffin, KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger will get a sizable reduction in his annual bonus, the company said in a filing on Thursday. In the two-minute recording, Mezger chastises Griffin and her boyfriend for calling the police on the noise-level coming from his home, using anti-gay and sexist language. The company board reportedly decided to chop the bonus Mezger would have “otherwise been entitled to receive” by 25 percent because his “recent behavior in his personal dealings with a neighbor is unacceptable and a negative reflection on KB Home.”


Spicer: I Never ‘Knowingly’ Lied During Time at White House

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he never “knowingly” lied to the American people while serving in President Trump’s administration. “I made mistakes,” Spicer said. “There’s no question. I think we all do.” Though he said he will never offer a “blanket apology,” Spicer acknowledged that he has “tried to own” some of his mistakes. Still, he said, “the personal attacks, questioning my integrity ... you know, what my intentions were, I think, were really over the top.”