Happening Today: Russia Probe, Navy Ship Collision, London High-Rise Fire, Dementia, Beyoncé | NBC New York

Happening Today: Russia Probe, Navy Ship Collision, London High-Rise Fire, Dementia, Beyoncé

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    (Published Monday, June 19, 2017)

    What to Know

    • A member of the president's legal team said Trump is not under federal investigation, days after he appeared to confirm he was with a tweet

    • Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods

    • Beyoncé gave birth to twins in California, multiple sources confirmed to E! News, and her father himself confirmed on Twitter and Instagram

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    President Not Under Investigation, Trump Attorney Says

    A member of the president's outside legal team said Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt." Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed "the president has not been and is not under investigation." He said a tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling. As evidence, Sekulow said Trump has not been notified of any investigation. He also cited the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey said he had told Trump he was not under investigation in the months leading up to his May 9 firing. The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russia and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

    7 Navy Sailors Identified After Bodies Found on Ship After Crash

    The seven missing sailors found dead aboard the U.S Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald have been identified, the U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed in a statement. The deceased are Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut; Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California; Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland; and Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio. A U.S. Navy spokeswoman said not all of the missing bodies were recovered. The cause of the crash between the destroyer and a cargo ship from is still under investigation.

    Banned Building Materials Suspected in London Fire, U.K. Says

    The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people. Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety. Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly. The 24-story tower that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments is now a charred ruin. Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just last year.

    Laundry Pods Can Be Fatal for Adults With Dementia

    Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods. During the same time, two children died from doing the same. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the numbers indicate that the pods, which some argue closely resemble sweets or candy, pose more of a danger to adults with dementia than they do to children. The deaths were first revealed by independent non-profit consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports after it filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the CPSC. The CPSC told NBC News it was aware of five such deaths in the U.S. and one in Canada.

    Beyoncé Gives Birth to Twins, Her Father Confirms

    "Crazy in Love," twice over. Beyoncé gave birth to twins in Los Angeles, California, multiple sources confirmed to E! News, and Beyoncé's father himself confirmed on Twitter and Instagram. Husband Jay Z and 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy were spotted at a Los Angeles-area hospital. The exact date of the twins' birth is not known. Beyoncé used Instagram to reveal her pregnancy. In early February she posted a photo of herself sporting a baby bump while dressed in lingerie and surrounded by flowers. "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters," the Instagram caption said. Beyoncé's pregnancy forced her to cancel her headlining appearance at Coachella in April, although she is set to headline the 2018 festival. She has been spotted courtside at basketball games and at awards shows with her baby bump since the February announcement. Beyoncé had a baby shower, called the "Carter Push Party," in May to celebrate the incoming twins.

    Stephen Furst, Flounder in “Animal House,” Dies at 63, Family Says

    Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie "Animal House," has died of complications from diabetes, his family said. Furst was 63. Furst died at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. Furst played Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. It was Belushi's character, Blutarsky, who drew Flounder into a prank that went terribly wrong and ended up with the frantic Flounder shooting a gun loaded with blanks into a ceiling, frightening a horse so much that it died of a heart attack. Furst's long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere," on which he played Dr. Elliot Axelrod. He played Vir Coto and was an occasional director on the 1990s sci-fi series "Babylon 5." He also voiced characters on projects including TV's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" and the video "The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea." Stephen Furst's survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said.

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