Saturday’s Headlines: Trump transition team warned Flynn about contacts with Russian ambassador

France starts probing ‘massive’ hack of emails and documents reported by Macron campaign; An ambitious Republican finds himself in the crossfire as political divides deepen; These schools are the best in the nation at challenging students; Perspective: A 30-year project that keeps growing; After the ‘Winter White House’ in Fla., Trump shifts to ‘Camp David North’ in N.J.;
 
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Trump transition team warned Flynn about contacts with Russian ambassador
Weeks before a phone call that led to Michael Flynn’s resignation, the former national security adviser was told that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s conversations were almost certainly being monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies.
France starts probing ‘massive’ hack of emails and documents reported by Macron campaign
The announcement from the front-runner in France’s presidential election came shortly before the official end to campaigning. It stoked fears of a targeted operation to destabilize the electoral process — especially after reports of alleged Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. election.
 
An ambitious Republican finds himself in the crossfire as political divides deepen
Rising star Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has staunchly backed the president, but not on health care. Instead, he echoes Senate GOP leaders: “We’re going to write our own bill.”
 
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These schools are the best in the nation at challenging students
The Washington Post crunched the data from high schools around the country: The number of advanced tests given divided by the number of students who graduated that year. How well did your student’s school perform?
 
Perspective: A 30-year project that keeps growing
This year, about 12 percent of high schools made the list that identifies those working hardest to challenge students from all backgrounds with courses such as AP and International Baccalaureate. In 1998, just 1 percent did.
 
After the ‘Winter White House’ in Fla., Trump shifts to ‘Camp David North’ in N.J.
The Trump-branded golf club is the latest weekend destination as critics ding the president for the taxpayer-funded expenses of travel and Secret Service protection.
 
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Texas officer charged with murder after fatally shooting black 15-year-old who was leaving party
Jordan Edwards was killed when Roy Oliver, a white officer, fired a rifle at a car of teenagers leaving a party in a Dallas suburb last weekend. The charge arrives a day ahead of Edwards’s funeral.
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Stephen Colbert faces FCC scrutiny after vulgar joke about Trump
The Federal Communications Commission will consider a possible fine for Stephen Colbert’s quip about President Trump on “The Late Show” this week, Chairman Ajit Pai said.
ESPN says journalistic ambitions remain high in wake of layoffs
The decision to part ways with one-tenth of the news-gathering operation has observers questioning the channel’s priorities. But its executives say the network has initiatives to bolster investigative reporting and storytelling.
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The terrifying downside to a start-up: Being too broke to feed your family
There’s a scary reality for entrepreneurs, many of whom fall flat on their face multiple times before they ever — if ever — hit a home run.
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Kentucky Derby’s best bets feature Classic Empire and a 15-to-1 long shot
After accounting for pace, speed and running style, anyone making exotic wagers on the 143rd Run for the Roses should include Classic Empire, Irish War Cry and Gunnevara.
Trump plan would gut White House ‘drug czar’ office amid opioid crisis
The president’s plan would effectively eliminate the lead federal agency responsible for managing and coordinating drug policy by cutting 95 percent of its budget, eliminating two key programs and slashing staff numbers in half.
With ‘Doggy Days,’ Interior becomes first federal agency to embrace pets
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke welcomed 85 dogs of all breeds to the office to start what he hopes will be a new dog-friendly policy across the federal government.
 
     
 
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