News Roundup: Sessions Insists He Didn’t Lie About Russian Contacts With Senate End-shutdown


The Post also reported on another incident today. He quoted the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan as saying the president offered $25,000 from his personal account, but never followed through.

We’ll get more details on all this after the news roundup.

The death toll in the Northern California wildfires rose to 42 today. Sonoma County officials found the remains of the latest victim while searching hundreds of burned-out homes. Meanwhile, fire crews made new gains overnight with the help of cooler weather and low winds.

A two-time Olympic medalist says the former US Women’s Gymnastics team doctor sexually abused her for years. McKayla Maroney is the highest profile athlete to come forward in the scandal. In a statement today, she said Dr. Larry Nassar began abusing her when she was just 13 years old. She is awaiting sentencing on a child pornography charge, but has denied any sexual abuse.

More questions tonight about the price of drugs. A new study finds that the costs of injectable cancer drugs, approved since 1996, rose an average of 25 percent over eight years. That is much higher than the inflation rate. The study was based at Emory University and was published in “The Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

And on Wall Street, health insurers and IBM drove shares higher today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 160 points, more than half a percent, to close above 23,000 for the first time. The Nasdaq was up just a fraction and the S&P 500 was up two points.

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