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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. WHO'S RAISING RED FLAG ON MEDDLING Three top U.S. intelligence officials say that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections part of what they say is Moscow's escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. 2. FBI CONTRADICTS WHITE HOUSE The agency says it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about a top aide accused of domestic abuse. The aide resigned abruptly only last week. 3. EMBARRASSING BLOW FOR ISRAEL'S PM Israeli police recommend that Prime Minister Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and other charges in a pair of corruption cases.WASHINGTON (AP) Three of the nation's top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections part of what they say is Moscow's escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. "We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle," CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Senate intelligence committee. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, agreed that Russia's interference is ongoing. "This is not going to change or stop," Rogers said. They didn't describe the activity, other than to say it was related to information warfare.NEW ORLEANS (AP) Families camped out from early morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders. Revelers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, President Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. And amused bystanders took in the chaotic scene from lawn chairs. Carnival season started Jan. 6 and comes to a close Fat Tuesday with festivities throughout New Orleans. Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a period of reflection and restraint after the days of parades, parties and revelry. Throngs of people were on the median for the final day of Mardi Gras, cooking up crawfish and red beans and rice.Authorities say all climbers who had been stranded on Oregon's tallest mountain are safe. More than a half-dozen had been climbing near Mount Hood's peak on Tuesday when they encountered tumbling rocks and falling ice. One climber fell to his death. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says rescuers assisted three climbers to safety. The sheriff's office says rescuers used a sled and a rope system to bring down a woman who said she was unable to move. Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue said the woman arrived at the Timberline Lodge just before 8 p.m. The other climbers made it down on their own.JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to resign. Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires. He accused police of being on a witch hunt and vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election. "I will continue to lead the state of Israel responsibly and loyally as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you," an ashen-faced Netanyahu said in a televised address.Snowboarder Shaun White has won America's 100th Winter Olympic gold medal, throwing down a spectacular final run in the men's halfpipe. The United States is only the second country to win 100 winter golds. It trails Norway, which started Wednesday with 121. Germany is third with 92. White's gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Pyeongchang. The others came from snowboarders Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim. America has won 14 gold medals in snowboarding since its Olympic debut in 1998, the most of any country. This is White's third gold medal and first since 2010. He ranks third among Americans in individual winter gold medals, trailing only speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, who have five each.WASHINGTON (AP) It's a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria's multi-front war: a confrontation in which U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, kill Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a ferocious U.S. counterattack last week. But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other U.S. officials said they had no such information on casualties, and the Kremlin did not confirm any Russian deaths. U.S. officials also said the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed.SEATTLE (AP) The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants' identities. Raphael A. Sanchez, who resigned from the agency effective Monday, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in a charging document filed Monday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section allege that Sanchez stole the identities of seven people "in various stages of immigration proceedings" to defraud credit card companies including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One. Neither Sanchez nor his lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, immediately returned emails seeking comment Tuesday.

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