FBI director faces grilling on Capitol riot

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Petra Cahill
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Good morning, NBC News readers.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is expected to make his first extensive remarks about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot before a Senate panel, the "worst" states for children during the pandemic revealed, plus scientists discover sharks that glow in the dark.

Here's what we're watching this Tuesday morning.

FBI Director Wray expected to face grilling from Senators over Capitol riot, domestic terrorism

FBI Director Christopher Wray is expected to face questions from Congress on Tuesday about whether his intelligence analysts missed warning signs before the riot at the U.S. Capitol and how the bureau plans to confront the rising threat of domestic terrorism.

Wray's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee will be his first public testimony since September and the first formal statement from the FBI about the status of the wide-ranging riot investigation.

It will also be his first opportunity to discuss why the FBI did not detect in advance what it now says in court documents was extensive plotting and planning by known extremist groups that attacked the Capitol in coordinated fashion.

Wray's testimony comes as a report reveals that over half the people charged with taking part in the Capitol siege were not connected to extremist groups or to one another.

The study, by George Washington University's Program on Extremism, analyzed arrest information and other court documents from 257 cases filed in federal court as of late February.

It found that while only about three dozen of those charged were part of extremist groups, their participation "was likely a necessary precondition for the escalation of violence from an angry riot into a breach of Capitol security."

Tuesday's top stories

Photo collage with the maps of the states Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico along with images of children taking food packets, an empty classroom, a child studying with a mask on and a child standing on the street. (Anjali Nair / NBC News; Getty Images)
Photo collage with the maps of the states Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico along with images of children taking food packets, an empty classroom, a child studying with a mask on and a child standing on the street. (Anjali Nair / NBC News; Getty Images)

Covid upended the lives of children everywhere. In these states, they struggled the most.

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Third Cuomo accuser comes forward as New York AG opens sexual harassment inquiry

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday that her office is formally proceeding with an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The move comes as a third woman said she felt "uncomfortable and embarrassed" when the governor asked her "Can I kiss you?" at a 2019 wedding. By Tom Winter and Dareh Gregorian | Read more

U.S., E.U. set to impose sanctions on Russia

The coordinated sanctions come in response to the Kremlin's poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent arrest and detention. By Abigail Williams, Dan De Luce, Carol E. Lee and Andrea Mitchell | Read more

OPINION: Here's why Jason Sudeikis' Golden Globes speech perfectly fit our 2021 mood

"Ted Lasso," with its small stake and big heart, is a reminder that one doesn’t need to be over-the-top to be a winner. Sometimes, the decent underdog can win. By Ani Bundel, culture critic | Read more

BETTER: Why a combo of 2 fruits and 3 veggies each day could lead to a longer life

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but bumping that up to two fruits and three veggies a day could help you live a longer life, a a new study suggests. By Linda Carroll | Read more

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IMage: The kitefin shark, which at up to 180cm is now biggest-known luminous vertebrate.
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Sharks that glow in the dark?

That's right. Scientists have discovered three new luminous deep-sea predators off New Zealand.

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