James Comey Fired, U.S. Census Director Resigns, and More

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. In an official statement released by the White House, it was stated that Comey’s outing is due in part to a mishandling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” wrote Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “And I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”

While Trump maintains that Comey was fired as a result of his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s emails, many question the decision in light of a possible investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. Read the full story from The Atlantic.

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Why Did The U.S. Census Director Resign?

The Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson will officially resign at the end of next month. In a statement from Thompson, the current Director said that he intends to “pursue opportunities in the private sector.” Read the full story from The Atlantic.

Crews Working to Box in Wildfire Near Georgia-Florida Line

Local firefighters and emergency ground crews worked on Wednesday to contain a spreading wildfire which threatened several small communities at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. Read the full story from The AP.

Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

If you’ve seen more and more children playing with “fidget spinners” and wondered what the fad was all about, well, you’re not alone. Surprisingly, this fad — and fads like it — are the result of the complex social dynamics of childhood. Read the full story from NPR.