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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Committee on Intelligence, speaks during a media availability after a closed-door meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

House committee votes to release Democrats’ classified memo

The House intelligence committee’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election spun further into charges and counter-charges among angry U.S. lawmakers and President Donald Trump as the panel voted to release a second classified memo about whether the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him.
Specialist Anthony Matesic, left, and trader Gordon Charlop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Stock markets around the world took another pummeling Monday as investors continued to fret over rising U.S. bond yields. (Richard Drew / AP)

Not as bad as some, most regional stocks outperform market

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Stocks of regional interest fared better than most Monday during a tumultuous day for financial markets – although virtually all saw declines as the sell-off that began with Friday’s opening continued.
The new skating ribbon at Spokane’s Riverfront Park, shown here on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, will be closed for up to three weeks as repairs are made. A replacement part being sent from Toronto was needed to repair machinery causing an ammonia leak. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Skating ribbon to close for up to three weeks after ammonia leak

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Cracks in a custom-made piece of equipment used in the ice-making process at the city’s new ice ribbon in Riverfront Park caused a gas leak Saturday night. The city will await delivery of a replacement part before re-opening the attraction, which may not occur now until late February, around the time skating was scheduled to end.
A for sale sign is displayed in front of a home Jan. 22, 2018 in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Economists are generally bullish in their outlooks for 2018: Most expect the new U.S. tax cuts, a sturdier global economy and a healthy job market to support consumer and business spending and a steady if modest pace of hiring. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

U.S. economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Monday, a plunge of over 1,100 points in the Dow Jones industrial average capped two days of losses that have erased the stock market’s gains for the year.
IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening ceremony of the 132nd IOC session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

IOC rejects 15 Russian athletes whose bans were lifted

The International Olympic Committee rejected a request on Monday to invite 15 Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Games just days after the athletes’ doping bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.