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In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. Justice Department charged that Chicago’s police have been violating people’s rights for years. The department found widespread use of excessive force and racial bias against blacks and Latinos. Also, President-elect Donald Trump aimed fresh fire via Twitter at reports that Russia has compromising information on him.
President-elect Donald Trump today renewed his efforts to discredit reports that Russia has compromising information on him.
On Twitter, he said it's all — quote — "totally made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives." And he said they were — quote — "probably released by intelligence' agencies."
And there were new questions about contacts between Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump's incoming national security adviser, and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. We will delve into that after the news summary.
That was part of a busy morning for the president-elect on Twitter. He also said his one-time opponent Hillary Clinton was — quote — "guilty as hell" and that the FBI was very nice to her.
An inspector general is now examining FBI Director James Comey's public statements about his investigation of Clinton's e-mails during the campaign.
The U.S. Justice Department charged today that Chicago's police have been violating people's rights for years. The federal agency found widespread use of excessive force and racial bias against blacks and Latinos.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the assessment in Chicago after a year-long probe.
LORETTA LYNCH, Attorney General:
Our investigation found that this pattern of practice is in no small part the result of severely deficient training procedures and accountability systems. It doesn't adequately review use of force incidents to determine whether force was appropriate or lawful, or whether the use of force could have been avoided altogether.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the findings sobering and he pledged new reforms.
U.S. Marines may finally get help after drinking tainted water at Camp Lejeune. The case goes back to the 1980s at the famous training base in North Carolina. Testing found contamination from fuel tanks and a dry cleaner. Hundreds of thousands of people passed through that base, and some developed diseases like leukemia, liver cancer, and Parkinson's disease. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will pay up to $2.2 billion.
The Japanese company Takata will plead guilty in a federal investigation of its air bag inflators, and pay $1 billion in fines and restitution. Federal prosecutors announced the plea deal in Detroit. And they said three former Takata executives have been indicted for a cover-up going back to 2000.
BARBARA MCQUADE, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan: They signed and submitted false reports of test data to their customers, and they directed engineers to falsify and manipulate data. Even after the inflators began to fail in the field and injuries and deaths were occurring, these Takata executives continued to withhold the true data from its customers.
The defective inflators can explode with too much force. They are blamed for 16 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide.
Today, the House followed the Senate in setting the stage for repealing Obamacare. Lawmakers approved a rule which allows big parts of the law to be removed with a simple majority in the Senate. The Republican majority still has not agreed on their long-promised replacement for the program, which provides health insurance for millions.
And Wall Street had a fairly quiet Friday the 13th. The Dow Jones industrial average lost five points to close at 19885. The Nasdaq rose 26, and the S&P 500 added four.
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