National News at a Glance
Posted December 2, 2018 9:58 p.m. EST
Comey Reaches Agreement With Republicans to Testify Behind Closed Doors
Former FBI Director James Comey has reached an agreement with Republican lawmakers to testify behind closed doors about investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email server and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Republican lawmakers agreed to release a transcript of his testimony in 24 hours and to allow Comey to speak about the meeting publicly, he said on Twitter. Comey had been subpoenaed to testify privately Monday before the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees. He asked a federal judge to quash the subpoena and allow him to testify publicly.
Lawmakers Discuss Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline While Mourning Bush
Lawmakers on Sunday discussed a short-term spending bill that would avert the possibility of a partial government shutdown as Washington mourns former President George H.W. Bush, according to people familiar with the talks. Staring down a Friday deadline with major conflicts left to resolve, lawmakers had expected to be engaged in fierce bargaining this week over a longer-term spending package that President Donald Trump has said must include funding for a border wall. But a bill that delays the deadline would allow them to set aside negotiations and pay respects to Bush. Trump said he would most likely approve such a bill.
Bush Found ‘Kindred Spirits’ at Texas A&M, His Final Resting Place
He had a pedigree that aligned him with the New England elite: He grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, before going to Yale University, where he was captain of the baseball team. But this week, President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94, will be buried in a place that, in some ways, could not be farther from his East Coast roots: near a pond stocked with catfish on the campus of Texas A&M. He fell in love with this place, and this place fell in love with him,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.
Why Are Taxi Drivers in New York Killing Themselves?
A taxi driver named Roy Kim recently became the eighth professional driver to die by suicide in New York over the past year. The city’s taxi commissioner, Meera Joshi, has characterized the deaths as an epidemic. The stories have drawn attention to the economic despair in the industry and prompted the City Council to weigh new legislation to help taxi owners reduce their debt and to increase driver wages. Each case is different, and it is difficult to know why someone decides to take their life. Most of the drivers were immigrants in their 50s and 60s who struggled to make a living.
In Unfazed Alaska, a Major Quake Is Just a Bump in the Road
Friday’s earthquake struck just 7 miles from Anchorage, but the fact that it was relatively deep — nearly 30 miles below ground — combined with the rigorous building code enforcement in the region, helped mitigate a potential catastrophe. And so, even though significant aftershocks continue to awaken people in the night, by Sunday most Alaskans had already started putting the quake behind them. “We have tough skin,” said Teodore Odena, 27, an Anchorage resident. “No offense, but you look at the Lower 48, and you hear every time they have a snowstorm. Dealing with the elements, Alaskans have that resilience; we just push forward.”
Found: Lovebirds Who Lost Engagement Ring Down a Times Square Grate
John Drennan and Daniella Anthony of England experienced a memorable trip to New York, where Drennan, 36, proposed and Anthony, 34, accepted. He placed a ring on her finger Friday night, but it slipped off, disappearing into a Times Square sidewalk grate. They reported the mishap to an officer after vainly trying to recover it. The ring was found the next morning, after the couple had returned home. "We’re absolutely ecstatic,” Drennan said when told. Grates are ubiquitous in New York and are a morgue for untold numbers of personal items. Most are never reunited with their owners, but police said they will soon return Anthony’s ring to her.