Flynn Resigns Amid Controversy Over Russia Contacts:

Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure.

His departure came just after reports surfaced that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
“I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn wrote, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.

A Race Against The Weather To Avoid Disaster At California Dam:

There’s no word yet when the 188,000 people who evacuated their homes near Northern California’s Oroville Dam can return.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties Tuesday.

Authorities are scrambling to reduce Lake Oroville’s level by 50 feet and repair damages to a critical flood control measure ahead of a storm expected later this week.
Residents were ordered to leave the area Sunday after massive damage to an emergency spillway — which lets excess water out when Lake Oroville’s level rises to overflow the dam. If the spillway fails, it could flood communities downstream with what one official warned could be a “30-foot wall of water.”

Bill and Melinda Gates: How Warren Taught Us Optimism:

Warren Buffett is one of the best loved people in the world — and it’s easy to see why. He’s jovial and friendly. He’s funny and wise. He makes people feel good about themselves. But he has one quality that fuels all the others: Warren is the most upbeat, optimistic person we know.

He’s optimistic about the country, about the future and about you. No matter where things are right now, he knows in the long run they’re getting better. You doubt it? Don’t bet against it; he’s made billions investing in that belief. The great thing about Warren’s optimism is you can’t hear him share a story, tell a joke or say hello without picking up some of his optimism yourself.

Love Is In The Air: 14 Best Destinations For Valentine’s Day:

One thing’s for sure on Valentine’s Day: owners of chocolate stores, flower and greetings card shops will definitely be smiling.

But for most, it’s not so easy to guarantee success on the day when tradition dictates overt romantic gestures.
If roses, truffles and a candlelit dinner alongside 60 other couples won’t cut it, it can pay to look further afield.
Here are some of the most unusual ways to let that special someone know how much they really mean to you.

2 Girls Shot In Separate Incidents In Chicago:

Two young girls are in critical condition, fighting for their lives, after being shot in the head in two separate incidents in Chicago this weekend, police told CNN.

The shootings happened in two different inner city neighborhoods within an hour of each other.
Kanari Bowers, 12, was playing with friends at a playground Saturday evening when shots rang out. Chicago Police said the shooting took place on the 1900 block of W. 57th street at approximately 7:10 p.m. (8:10 p.m. ET).

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