Stocks rise as Turkish lira rebounds

Stocks rose on Tuesday as a rebound in the Turkish lira from an all-time low lifted investor sentiment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 63 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent. Both indexes were also on track to snap four-day losing streaks. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4 percent.

Energy shares were the best performers on Wall Street, as the sector rose nearly 1 percent on the back of a 1.6 percent gain in U.S. crude. Tech shares also contributed to the gains as Apple and Amazon both rose.

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Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College Diploma | HuffPost

A Republican candidate for office in Florida is admitting she lied about her educational background and faked her diploma, but refuses to exit the campaign.

State House candidate Melissa Howard came under fire last week after she was accused of lying about earning a bachelor’s degree and posing for a photo with a suspected fake university diploma.

On Monday, Howard released a statement admitting the diploma was not legit.

“I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation. It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on.”

Source: Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College Diploma | HuffPost

Bridge Collapse in Italy Sends Cars Plunging 300 Feet and Leaves 22 Dead

A highway bridge in Italy collapsed on Tuesday and sent vehicles about 300 feet into “a heap of rubble below,” according to the Associated Press. Officials reportedly said at least 22 people have died.

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Strzok, Page and the FBI texting scandal explained | Fox News

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election continues, two former members of his team are under scrutiny for text messages they exchanged about President Trump and the probe.

In the messages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved, bashed Trump and discussed concerns about being too tough on Hillary Clinton during an investigation into the use of her private email server.

Overall, the pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.

In one particular message, when Page asked if Trump would ever become president, Strzok reportedly replied, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

Other text messages showed an allegiance for fired FBI Director James Comey.

Source: Strzok, Page and the FBI texting scandal explained | Fox News