Here's what you missed this weekend: Zinke out, HQ Trivia founder discovered dead, and Pete Davidson's concerning posts

  • Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke will resign following a series of ethics investigations.
  • Pete Davidson posted a note on Instagram that worried friends and fans.
  • HQ Trivia founder Colin Kroll was found dead at age 34.

It’s the end of the year, and the days are getting shorter and darker, but that doesn’t mean there’s less news.

This weekend, it was announced that another top Trump official will make his departure ahead of this week’s funding showdown, “SNL” star Pete Davidson posted a note on Instagram that worried friends and fans, and the tech world was rocked by the death of HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll.


Trump announced the departure of a second high-profile administration official

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is stepping downat the end of the year, Trump announced in a Saturday tweet.
  • Zinke’s tenure has been plagued by more than a dozen ethics inquiries into his time as the head of the department. Here are the closed, ongoing, and cleared probes.
  • In his resignation letter, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission.
  • Trump said in his announcement he would announce Zinke’s replacement next week. Here are the top contenders.

Sunday show appearances addressed Obamacare ruling and Trump’s legal troubles

  • Democratic lawmakers hit back against a federal judge’s ruling in favour of 19 states that argued several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” are unconstitutional.
  • Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer condemned the “awful” ruling and vowed congressional action as soon as possible for an “intervention.”
  • Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, may have pursued discussions about a possible Trump Tower Moscow development up to November 2016, six months later than Cohen previously testified.
  • Giuliani also said that hush-money payments meant to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump during his 2016 campaign were “not a crime.

The cofounder of HQ Trivia and Vine has died at the age of 34

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  • Colin Kroll, the cofounder of HQ Trivia and Vine, has died at the age of 34.

  • Kroll was reportedly found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday night. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:18 a.m. on Sunday, with TMZ reporting he died from an accidental overdose, though that remains unverified.

  • The tech community mourned his passing online.
  • Kroll helped create two of the most viral apps of the last decade after getting his start at Yahoo and travel site JetSetter. Take a look at the rest of his career.

A concerning post from Pete Davidson sent drama swirling around “Saturday Night Live”

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  • “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson deleted his verified Instagram account on Saturday, minutes after writing a post that said in part, “i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.”
  • Actor and Journalist Jon Cryer wrote that he’d confirmed that Davidson was safe at the set of “SNL” after making the post, writing on Twitter: “Am hearing Pete Davidson is at SNL and accounted for.”
  • Davidson made a brief appearance on Saturday night’s episode to introduce a musical performance by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson.

Details around the death of a 7-year-old girl held in CBP custody continued to come out

  • Following the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin while under the supervision of US Customs and Border Patrol, details continued to emerge around the circumstances of her passing.
  • Maquin was reportedly fleeing extreme poverty in Guatemala.
  • After the US government claimed that Maquin was starved, dehydrated, and sick from her journey to the US, Maquin’s family disputed the claims, saying that she was given food and water, and was in good health during the trip.
  • Maquin is not the first child to die after entering DHS custody.

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