Jan 23, 2018

Sessions orders investigation into FBI officials' texts

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered an investigation into anti-Trump text messages sent between two FBI officials, per Reuters.

Go deeper: President Trump tweeted that the texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, some of which have not been turned over as they were not retained by the FBI, are "one of the biggest stories in a long time." Republicans have pointed to the texts as reason to doubt the FBI's investigation of President Trump. We learned in December that the two texted negatively about Democrats, too.

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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Space tourism gets ready for launch

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Multiple space tourism companies are aiming to send their first customers to the edge of space before the end of this year.

Why it matters: Right now, most revenue in the space industry is tied up in government contracts, but experts say the maturing industry will need tourism to grow into the $1 trillion economy some predict it could be.

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