Monday, December 18, 2017
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Subpoena issued in Benghazi investigation

Washington

Subpoena issued in Benghazi investigation

Several top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are targets of the latest subpoena for information about the drafting of talking points after the siege last fall on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that the administration's refusal to cooperate fully with a House investigation left him "with no alternative but to compel the State Department to produce relevant documents through a subpoena."

Baltimore

Passengers arrive from cruise ship

Passengers whose cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas was cut short by an onboard fire began arriving back in Baltimore on charter flights from the Bahamas on Tuesday, with many praising the response of the company and crew. The fire began at 2:50 a.m. Monday and was put out two hours later.

Elsewhere

Trinidad: Vice President Joe Biden and political leaders from across the Caribbean met in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday to sign a trade agreement and discuss a range of security, investment and energy issues.

Iraq: Bombings and gunfire in central and northern Iraq killed 19 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of violence.

Anaheim, Calif.: A small explosion Tuesday in a Disneyland trash can that appeared to be caused by dry ice in a bottle brought evacuations but no reports of any injuries, police and witnesses said.

Portland, Ore.: An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine. Alexander Herrera, 23, of Arizona faces charges in the incident.

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