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Alfred Kiger Savoy Elementary School says it is dealing with a pest infestation. (Deborah Simmons/The Washington Times)

Health emergency at D.C. school with infestation of rodents, bedbugs

- The Washington Times

A rodent problem might be understood, since Alfred Kiger Savoy Elementary School in the District sits hard by the Anacostia River. Bedbugs, not so much. What’s truly troublesome is that school officials were aware of the infestation last year, which means they had the whole Christmas break to clear out classrooms, treat the problem, and return or buy classroom materials.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, together with his family, from left, Eric Trump, Melania Trump and Tiffany Trump, waves part of a ribbon after cutting the ribbon during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Donald Trump and his children hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference to celebrate the grand opening of his new hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Donald Trump has taken few steps to disentangle from private empire

- Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn't stepped very far.

Conservatives had pushed for impeachment, saying John Koskinen cannot be allowed to get away with having misled Congress into the investigation into the IRS tea party targeting. (Associated Press)

IRS prioritized Obamacare over taxpayer customer service, IG report says

- The Washington Times

The IRS made the 2015 tax season more painful for taxpayers than it should have been, the agency's inspector general said in a report Thursday that accused the agency of cutting money for customer service and ignoring phone calls while moving the money over to keep Obamacare and other administration priorities on track.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during Law Day at the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y., on May 2, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

N.Y. attorney general says Trump can't dissolve foundation during probe

- Associated Press

Donald Trump cannot move ahead with his plan to dismantle his charitable foundation because state prosecutors are probing whether the president-elect personally benefited from its spending, the New York attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's top aides from her time in the State Department and again on the campaign trail, had shared the laptop with now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner. (Associated Press)

FBI feared Huma Abedin's laptop had been hacked, contained secret emails

- The Washington Times

The FBI believed Huma Abedin's laptop computer did have evidence she and her boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mishandled classified information, according to a search warrant released Tuesday that shows the basis agents had for upending the presidential election with their controversial election-season probe.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors, despite changes by Congress, will retain the mission of the VOA charter: to broadcast factual and truthful news, to promote democracy and free speech in countries where they are repressed, and to present factually the U.S. government's foreign policy and values to global audiences. (Associated Press/File)

Baseless angst over reforming Voice of America

The Russians are surging in information warfare. The Chinese are making huge investments in international cable news. The Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are using the internet as a low-overhead tool for recruitment and propaganda.

A Harris Corporation Stingray device, shown in a trademark application, via Wikimedia Commons. A Dec. 19 House Committee on Government Oversight revealed that federal agencies own 400 such cell-site simulators, used in criminal investigations to zero in on the location of cell phones owned by suspects under investigation.

Federal agencies can spy on phones with 400 cell-site simulators

- The Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department have spent collectively more than $95 million on secret cellphone tracking technology and own more than 400 cell-site simulators that can be used to zero in covertly on the locations of cellphones, according to a congressional report.