Thursday January 5, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Thursday, the accusations that Russia was behind the hacking of emails which may have had a direct effect on the 2016 Presidential election between President Elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will take center stage in Washington, D.C. There will be two hearings today. One will involve the Senate Armed Services Committee in the morning while the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will receive a classified briefing behind closed doors in the afternoon. Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump has backed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over assertions that Russia was not involved in the hacking over the United States own intelligence communities.
2. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the first of President-elect Donald Trump’s primary rivals to endorse him has been shut out the new administration. The Trump transition team has decided to appoint one of Christie’s former staff members who was fired for his role in the “Bridgegate scandal.” Bill Stepien has been named as the new White House political director. Although, Stepien was not charged in the lane closure scandal but court documents revealed that a Christie aide texted a colleague amid Christie’s news conference on the bubbling scandal in December 2013 that Christie “just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved.”
3. In business news, Macy’s, once one of the largest retailers in the United States, announced Wednesday, that the retailer will close 68 of the 100 stores in hopes of increasing their on-line sales. Macy’s outgoing Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said the company expects “our 2017 change in comparable sales to be relatively consistent with our November/December sales trend.” Macy’s comparable sales fell 2.1 percent in November and December.
4. In science news, scientists have directly traced an incredibly intense, blindingly bright burst of radio waves — known as an FRB — back to its home galaxy. RB stands for fast radio burst.” These flickers of light were just discovered in 2007, and although they last for just a fraction of a second, they release more energy than our entire sun will radiate in 10,000 years. The new study shows that the burst, known as FRB 121102, originated about 3 billion light-years away from Earth, from inside a dwarf galaxy.
5. Thursday, authorities in Chicago charged four people with hate crimehate crimess following the emergence of a disturbing video appearing to show them shouting obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and white people while abusing a man authorities say has mental health problems. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said it had filed felony criminal charges against three 18-year-olds Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington, 24. Hill was listed as being from Carpentersville, Ill.
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