Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:55 p.m. EST
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has won a divisive Mississippi runoff to remain in office. In Tuesday’s race, 59-year-old Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary. The win allows Hyde-Smith to complete the final two years of Sen. Thad Cochran’s six-year term. Cochran retired in April. Hyde-Smith was appointed temporarily. She’s now the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors believe a conservative author tipped off Trump confidant Roger Stone months before WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That’s according to a document drafted as part of a plea offer to Jerome Corsi. The document says Stone asked Corsi to get in touch with WikiLeaks so he could learn about information that could be relevant to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The document quotes Corsi as saying a “friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps.”
UNDATED (AP) — Black box data indicate the nose of a brand-new Lion Air jet repeatedly pitched up and down as pilots fought to control the plane before it crashed into the sea last month. Indonesian authorities are expected to release a preliminary report on the crash that killed 189 people. Investigators are focusing on whether faulty information from a sensor contributed to confusion in the cockpit.
TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — A new government watchdog memo says the Trump administration waived rigorous background checks for staff working at the nation’s largest detention camp for migrant children. The memo, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, says the former director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement personally signed off on sidestepping requirements for child abuse and neglect checks at the Tornillo, Texas tent city. The Tornillo contractor says its 2,100 staffers are vetted in other ways.
HONG KONG (AP) — A prominent American scientist is warning against a backlash to the claim that a Chinese scientist has helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Harvard Medical School dean George Daley says it would be unfortunate if a misstep with a first case led scientists and regulators to reject the good that could come from altering DNA to treat or prevent diseases. The Chinese scientist is expected to speak at a conference in Hong Kong.