Russian Threat To U.S. Elections To Persist Through 2018, Intel Boss Warns Congress

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET Russian influence operations in the United States will continue through this year's midterm elections and beyond, the nation's top spy warned Congress on Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate intelligence committee that Moscow viewed its attack on the 2016 election as decidedly worthwhile given the chaos it has sown as compared to its relatively low cost. "There should be no doubt that Russia perceived that its past efforts as successful...

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Twitter Bans GOP Contender For Racist Tweet Targeting Meghan Markle

Twitter has banned Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan for a Congressional seat, for a racist tweet targeting American actress Meghan Markle, the fiancée of Prince Harry. The U.K.'s Natural History museum released images of Cheddar Man , a dark-skinned Mesolithic man believed to be one of the oldest modern humans in Britain, this week. Nehlen posted the couple's official engagement photo with Cheddar Man's face superimposed on Markle's, who is biracial. He captioned...

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Albany, NY – The security guard who signed the complaint that led to the arrest of a man for wearing an anti-war T-shirt at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland NY has been fired. Robert Williams , who worked at the mall in the Albany suburb for almost ten years, says he is a scapegoat for the controversy. WAMC'S Brian Shields reports.

Kingston, NY – Hudson Valley breast cancer advocates are heading to Albany for their annual Advocacy Day. This year, they'll be focusing on getting funding for local support groups and passing legislation that limits the use of some pesticides. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Arts groups in New York are bracing for a tough year. The national economy is tightening traditional funding sources and Governor Pataki is proposing state cuts funding to local arts groups by 15 percent. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Author Devra Davis will speak tomorrow in Boston as part of the Toxic Actions Center's annual Toxics Conference on the links between toxics and chronic disease. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana asked Davis--a world-renowned epidemiologist--how her childhood experiences led her to write her book--a National Book Award Finalist--titled, When Smoke Ran Like Water".

Saugerties, NY – When Clearly Tech, a scented candle manufacturer, started a factory three years ago in an Empire Zone in Saugerties, Governor Pataki and local officials hailed it as a boon to economic development. Now, the factory is under new ownership - and its neighbors say the place has started to stink. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – The US Ambassador to Canada was in Plattsburgh Thursday to meet with business and community leaders, and discuss cross-border issues. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Ambassador's luncheon presentation.

Berkshire County, MA – A plan for the creation of a new national forest in Northern Berkshire County is being discussed by the Romney Administration's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Although very early in the formative process the forest area would link up with the Green Mountain National Forest in Southern Vermont and will help preserve open space in the Berkshires. This report now from Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana.

New Paltz, NY – Hudson Valley college, high school, and middle school students were among the thousands nationwide to walk out of class in protest of a war against Iraq. Some are being punished for their actions. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Montpelier, VT – Critics of genetically engineered foods are declaring victory in non-binding Town Meeting referenda Tuesday in Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Cambridge, NY – The only hospital in Washington County NY has announced that it will close. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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