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Suspected Austin bomber kills himself, Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended, Israel cops to 2007 Syria strike, and more.
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Austin Bomber Appears to Be Dead
A man suspected of orchestrating a series of bombings in Texas detonated an explosive in his car and killed himself, according to police. Police had been chasing him in Round Rock, Texas, early Wednesday morning before he died. Although investigators believed the suspect was responsible for all the Austin bombings, FBI official Chris Combs warned “there may be other packages that are still out there."—VICE News / CBS News
Trump Flouts Advisers by Congratulating Putin
The president congratulated the Russian leader on his election win over the phone on Tuesday, ignoring a note from national security advisers that read “DO NOT CONGRATULATE." Trump was also asked to broach the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence agent in the UK, but chose not to.—The Washington Post
Cambridge Analytica's CEO Suspended
The firm accused of gathering private data from 50 million Facebook accounts said it suspended Chief Executive Alexander Nix amid a third-party investigation. Meanwhile, the Attorney General of New York joined Massachusetts in probing whether Facebook fell short in safeguarding its users’ privacy. The Federal Trade Commission was also said to be examining Facebook and the company’s possible breach of a privacy consent decree with the feds dating to 2011.—The New York Times
Former Playboy Model Sues Over Trump-Related NDA
Karen McDougal filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer’s parent company in a bid to break a $150,000 agreement requiring her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Separately, the New York Supreme Court allowed Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, to go forward with a defamation case against Trump. She filed the suit after he publicly called her a liar when she accused him of sexual assault.—VICE News / VICE News
At Least 31 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan
Another 65 or more people were injured in the blast when a militant detonated a device near a Shia shrine in Kabul on Wednesday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was aimed at people celebrating the Persian New Year.—AP
South Korea Open to ‘Three-Way Summit’ with US and North Korea
President Moon Jae-in said officials from all three countries could eventually sit down to negotiate a “complete end” to the nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. Moon suggested direct talks between the US and North Korea “may lead to a three-way summit between the South, North, and the United States."—Reuters
Israel Admits to 2007 Strike on Syrian Site
The military revealed it called in airstrikes that destroyed a Syrian government facility suspected of developing a nuclear reactor in September 2007. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said: “The message… is that Israel will not tolerate construction that can pose an existential threat.”—AP
Myanmar's President Steps Down
Htin Kyaw, a close friend of the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has resigned as president for health reasons. The 71-year-old was the first head of state without any connection to the military since the coup of 1962. Proceedings to elect a new president must begin within seven working days.—The Guardian
YouTube Brings Back CupcakKe Videos
The rapper’s official clips for “Duck Duck Goose” and “Deepthroat” were restored after being briefly removed for appearing to violate company policy on nudity and sexual content. "Sometimes we make the wrong call," a YouTube spokesperson said.—Pitchfork
Stormy Daniels Releases Polygraph Test Report
The porn star’s attorney shared a photo and report from a polygraph exam she took in 2011 related to her alleged affair with Trump. Examiner Ronald Slay said she appeared to answer two questions about sex truthfully while a third about The Apprentice was “inconclusive."—CNN
Royal Family Knights Ringo Starr
The drummer became the second Beatle to be knighted at a Buckingham Palace ceremony Tuesday. “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast,” he said of the medal. “It means recognition for the things we’ve done.”—BBC News
12 New Hubble Telescope Images Released
NASA shared new images of “Messier objects," the distant clusters, nebulae, and galaxies named after French scientist Charles Messier. The 12 new images were among 93 Messier objects captured by the Hubble space telescope.—Motherboard
Man Who Taught Dog Nazi Salute Convicted of Hate Crime
Mark Meechan faced up to six months behind bars after posting a video of pug trained to deliver a Nazi salute on YouTube. The judge who found Meechan guilty of a hate crime called the video "grossly offensive." Meechan's girlfriend, the dog’s owner, said the stunt had been “designed to annoy me."—VICE
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