Ten things to know today: Montana updates database for MMIW

Quantas proposes a 19 ½-hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney. (Creative Commons photo)

A daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

The Associated Press

1. OUSTED AMBASSADOR TO TESTIFY IN IMPEACHMENT PROBE

Marie Yovanovitch is expected to relay her striking story of being suddenly recalled by Donald Trump and told to “watch my back,” events that sounded alarms about the White House’s shadow foreign policy in Ukraine.

2. ‘MY WORST NIGHTMARE ACTUALLY CAME TRUE’

A boy described as bright, quiet and “normal” pulled a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and opened fire at his suburban Los Angeles high school, killing two classmates and wounding three others.

3. ISRAEL SAYS IT HAS COMPLETED GAZA STRIKES

The military statement indicates that Israel is willing to abide by the cease-fire with the Islamic Jihad militant group if there are no additional rocket attacks.

4. BOLIVIAN INTERIM LEADER SAYS MORALES CAN’T RUN

The Andean nation is headed into uncharted territory with lawmakers trying to reach a deal for new elections, protests raging in parts of the country and rival claims to the presidency.

5. A LONG FRIENDSHIP AND POLITICAL BOND

Barack Obama and Deval Patrick were friends well before the White House years and have bonded over personal experiences and a strikingly similar approach to politics.

6. VENICE DELUGED BY HISTORIC FLOODING

Waters are on the rise again in the Italian lagoon city, where the tide is reaching exceptional levels just three days after it experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years.

7. WHAT QANTAS HOPED TO ACHIEVE WITH LONG FLIGHT

Australia’s national carrier completes a 19 ½-hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to assess the effects of ultralong-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.

8. EGYPTIAN FIGHTS UNEQUAL ISLAMIC INHERITANCE LAWS

Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, is making her case on religious grounds because she believes Egyptian courts are more likely to respect existing structures within the society.

9. MONTANA UPDATES MISSING PERSONS DATABASE

Montana’s new missing persons specialist is updating the state’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse by identifying cases where people have been located and adding older cases that weren’t listed.

Misty LaPlant’s job was created by the legislature after criticism that state, federal and tribal authorities were slow to respond or coordinate efforts in cases of missing Native Americans.

At the time, 56 of the 179 missing persons in the database, or 30 percent, were Native Americans. Native Americans make up 7 percent of the state’s population.

With LaPlant’s updates, 35 of the 148 people listed as missing are Native Americans, or 24 percent.

LaPlant tells Lee Newspapers of Montana she was able to clear 10 cases by contacting the state Child and Family Services Division and identifying runaway juveniles who had since been found.

10. FORMER TRIBAL LEADER INDICTED

A former member of the Tribal Council for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is facing more charges.

Randy Anderson of Conehatta is already accused of defrauding a tribal government. Now the 46-year-old Choctaw faces a superceding indictment accusing him of committing an abusive sexual contact.

A statement by U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Anderson entered the home of a woman on reservation lands in August and engaged in witness tampering by trying to intimidate and threaten the victim into not reporting the alleged offense. These acts allegedly violated the condition of his bond set under the initial Feb. 6 indictment.

Anderson appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson for arraignment and was jailed pending a Tuesday hearing. It’s unknown if Anderson has legal representation.

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