National News at a Glance
Posted November 18, 2018 9:50 p.m. EST
Scott Unseats Senate Democrat After a Manual Recount in Florida
Gov. Rick Scott became Florida’s next senator Sunday, a feat delayed by a grueling 12-day recount that arrived at the same truth that emerged deep into election night: Scott, a Republican who entered the public arena only eight years ago, has become a formidable political force. After all the vote-tallying, accusation-trading and lawsuit-filing, Scott’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, accepted defeat once a manual recount showed him still trailing, by 10,033 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast. Nelson’s concession brought Florida’s turbulent midterm election to its long-awaited close. The win gives Republicans a 52-47 margin in the Senate.
Ex-Mayor of New York City Gives $1.8 Billion to University for Student Aid
Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to create a fund that would help low-income and moderate-income students, his charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced Sunday. The money would expand the university’s endowment by almost 30 percent, to about $6.1 billion. The fund would be dedicated to undergraduate financial aid and recruitment, and would be enough, a university official said, to cover the full difference between the cost of attending Johns Hopkins and the amount that students and their families can afford to pay.
Trump Says He Is Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation
President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that he most likely would not sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, asserting “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” The president also claimed that he had no idea that his acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, viewed the Mueller investigation skeptically, despite reports that the two had multiple conversations about the inquiry. The comments from Trump were made during an interview with Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” who sat with the president at the White House last week.
Drug Shows Potential to Ease Fatal Allergy Triggered by Peanuts
A yearlong clinical trial of an oral immunotherapy regimen aims to reduce children’s sensitivity to peanut allergens by gradually exposing them to peanut protein over the course of six months. The results, announced Sunday, may lead to approval of what could be the first oral medication that ameliorates reactions in children with severe peanut allergies. After six months of treatment followed by six months of maintenance therapy, two-thirds of the 372 children who received the treatment were able to ingest 600 milligrams or more of peanut protein — the equivalent of two peanuts — without developing allergic symptoms.
California Fire Evacuees Find Refuge in Tent City by Walmart
Firefighters are still battling the blazes in California that have already claimed 79 lives, 76 of them in Butte County north of Sacramento, where the Camp Fire has raged. Nearly 1,300 people remain missing and unaccounted for. While the struggle to contain the fires continues, many evacuees are collecting in makeshift settlements outside the scorch zones, and wondering how they will pick up the pieces to extricate themselves from this tragedy. Some who fled from Magalia, Paradise and other burned towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern Butte County are staying in a tent city at the Chico Walmart.
Congressman Replies to Trump’s Vulgar Tweet
President Donald Trump alluded to a profanity in a tweet Sunday that took aim at Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff has said that Democrats would investigate Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who is charged with overseeing the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Schiff fired back. “Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one. Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself?” he wrote, referring to Trump’s lawyers drafting written answers to some of Mueller’s questions.
Emotional Moments Punctuate Trial in Killing of Queens Jogger
There were several emotional moments in the trial of Chanel Lewis, a 22-year-old man from Brooklyn who pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting and murdering Karina Vetrano in 2016 while she was on a jog. On Monday, jurors will begin deliberating in the case, which shook the city in 2016 as the search for her killer went on for six months. The criminal trial at state Supreme Court lasted two weeks, as the prosecution called forth witnesses, including Philip Vetrano — who was the first person to find his daughter’s body in the grassy hedges — and crime scene investigators.