INTERNATIONAL: TERRORIST ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS OVER 100

Afghanistan is in mourning after an attack on Saturday that resulted in the loss of more than 100 lives.

According to officials, an ambulance stored with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the capital of Kabul.

According to CNN, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the attack unfolded after the ambulance passed through a security checkpoint. The attacker was soon identified by police at the second checkpoint but was unable to stop him before the blast occurred.

The Afghan government declared Sunday as a national day of mourning.

The attack comes less than a week from when gunmen bombarded the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killing over 20. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

 

NATIONAL: FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN

On Monday, Jan. 29, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down despite his eligibility to retire in March.

McCabe was a central target of President Donald Trump’s resentment toward the FBI regarding the investigation of Russia’s involvement during the 2016 election.

When asked regarding McCabe’s departure President Trump did not acknowledge the reporter’s question, CNN reported. However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that neither Trump nor the White House had any part of McCabe’s decision to step down.

However, media reports have indicated FBI Director Christopher Wray pressured McCabe to step down before the release of an inspector general’s report which, among other things, details some of McCabe’s actions at the bureau.

 

LOCAL: FLORIDA COUPLE PLANNED MURDER of RENO MAN

John Kent Lovely, 48, was found dead in his home by Reno PD when they were conducting a welfare check after Lovely failed to make contact with his relatives, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

According to authorities, Baldwin and Lovely relocated to Reno in 2016 from Jacksonville, Florida and lived together until Baldwin returned to Florida in late 2017.

Officials soon discovered that Baldwin was romantically involved with both men and that the couple had planned to murder Lovely for some time. Detectives also claimed that the couple “took elaborate steps to attempt to cover up both of their involvements in the murder.”

Reno police detectives have since arrested Jennifer Baldwin, 43, and Herman Matasar, 62, for conspiring to murder Lovely before moving to Florida. The couple was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida and charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon.

Karolina Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.