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    What to Know

    • A federal grand jury has approved the first criminal charges in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference

    • The head of Puerto Rico's power company said the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny

    • Kevin Spacey issued an apology after a fellow actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was a teen

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    Mueller's Office to Issue 1st Indictment in Russia Investigation, Sources Say

    A federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first criminal charges in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference, two sources told NBC News. Mueller's Office of the Special Counsel will make public an indictment on Monday, a U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of the process confirmed to NBC News, without disclosing the name of the target or the nature of the charges. The timing was also confirmed by a second source familiar with the matter. CNN was the first to report that the grand jury approved charges, citing multiple sources. The network added that the charges remain sealed by order of a federal judge. Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed in May as special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election. Peter Carr, a spokesperson for Mueller, declined to comment.

    Trump Comes Ahead With Fresh Criticism of Russia Inquiry

    President Trump expressed renewed frustration over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials, saying on Twitter that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. "DO SOMETHING!" Trump urged in one of five tweets. Trump's tweets followed a CNN report that a federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russia ties led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller's Special Counsel's Office is expected to make public an indictment, U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of the process confirmed to NBC News, without disclosing the name of the target or the nature of the charges.

    “We're Here”: Women Rescued After 5 Months at Sea Reach Dry Land

    Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground at a U.S. Naval base in southern Japan. The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs about 900 miles southeast of Japan, and brought them to America's White Beach Naval Facility after waiting for a typhoon to pass. The two women, sporting USS Ashland knit shirts, were standing with the commanding officer and others high on the bridgeway as the ship docked. They later spoke to reporters on the flight deck before clearing customs and walking down metal stairs to the dock. They had left Honolulu on May 3 aboard Appel's 50-foot vessel, the Sea Nymph, for what was supposed to be an 18-day trip to Tahiti. Storms flooded the engine, destroying the starter, and damaged the mast so badly that they couldn't generate enough wind power to stay on course, they said. The two women tried to return and at one point in June were within 726 nautical miles of Oahu but couldn't make it, Appel said.

    Puerto Rico Says It's Scrapping $300M Whitefish Contract

    The head of Puerto Rico's power company said the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system following Hurricane Maria. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish's help in rebuilding the electrical system. "It's an enormous distraction," Ramos said of the controversy over the contract. "This was negatively impacting the work we're already doing." The current work by Whitefish teams will not be affected by the cancellation and that work will be completed in November, Ramos said. He said the cancellation will delay work by a couple of months because the government will have to find new companies to help restore power to the island. Whitefish said in a statement Sunday evening that it was "very disappointed" that the governor asked PREPA to cancel the contract, NBC News reported.

    Kevin Spacey Apologizes After Actor Accuses Him of Underage Sexual Advance

    Kevin Spacey, an Oscar- and Tony-winner actor, issued an apology after a fellow actor alleged that Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was a teen. Spacey was responding to claims made by Broadway actor Anthony Rapp in an interview with BuzzFeed. Rapp claimed that when he was 14 years old in 1986, he attended a party at Spacey's apartment. A "drunk" Spacey, then 26, lay him on a bed, "pressing into me," Rapp said. "He was trying to seduce me," Rapp added. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually." The now 58-year-old "House of Cards" actor issued a statement Twitter: "I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago." Rapp told BuzzFeed he was able to "squirm" away and leave, recalling that he only ever interacted with Spacey one other time, in 1999. Spacey apologized "for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years." Rapp, now 46, told BuzzFeed that as Spacey's success grew so did his "frustration, anger, and incredulity with the sexual boundary he said Spacey crossed."

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