CHICAGO — A damning U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday morning excoriates the Chicago Police Department for failing to discipline officers who too often resort to force, including shootings.

The failure to effectively investigate officers’ use of force or discipline police “has helped create a culture in which officers expect to use force and not be questioned about the need for or propriety of that use,” the Justice Department said.

The 164-page report paints a picture of a broken department where officers have disproportionately used force against African-Americans and Hispanics. Officers have rarely faced consequences, the report states.

—Chicago Tribune


Senate panel to probe links between Russia, political campaigns

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into Russian intelligence operations against the United States will investigate any possible links between Russia and American political campaigns, the panel said Friday.

The bipartisan investigation will also include a review of the American intelligence agencies’ assessment of what they say was Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including cyberattacks and other so-called active measures.

—CQ Roll Call


Congress approves waiver for retired Marine Gen. Mattis to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a law Friday that will allow retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon, to serve in the job if he is confirmed in the Senate.

The House voted 268-151 in favor of a bill that enables Mattis to circumvent a law that requires defense secretaries to be out of uniform for at least seven years, a provision intended to guarantee civilian control of the military.

Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013 after serving more than four decades.

—Tribune Washington Bureau


Trump’s team releases list of performers at next week’s inauguration

After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has shared its list of performers for next week’s celebrations.

Country music star Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and patriotic staple Lee Greenwood join a roster that includes “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Bruce Springsteen cover band the B Street Band and the Radio City Rockettes.

—Los Angeles Times


Unsealed Prince divorce file shows luxe lifestyle, dispute over videos, jewels and photos

MINNEAPOLIS — The unsealed file from Prince’s second divorce offers a glimpse into the late musician’s luxe lifestyle and the more routine spousal disputes over access to property, such as childhood photos, videos and jewelry.

While they were married, Manuela Testolini said she and Prince threw big parties after major awards shows like the Golden Globes, Oscars and the Grammys. For the events, Testolini would hire a $5,000-a-day stylist to do her hair and makeup. The couple would spend $50,000 per party on food, drinks and decor, the records showed. In 2004 alone, Prince earned $42 million.

—Minneapolis Star Tribune


Mexico names head of North American Development Bank as new ambassador to US

MEXICO CITY—Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has selected a veteran diplomat and government insider as the new ambassador to the United States, one of the nation’s most sensitive foreign policy posts, the government said Friday.

The ambassador-designate, Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, has served in a variety of diplomatic and security positions in the past two decades, according to an announcement by Mexico’s foreign ministry.

—Los Angeles Times

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