Morning briefing

Guests listed for today’s news shows

ABC’s “This Week” — Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” –Panel of journalists.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Debbie Dingell, D-Md., Will Hurd, R-Texas and Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director.

“Fox News Sunday” — Panel of political consultants, analysts.

Active rig count decreases by two

HOUSTON — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 929.

That exceeds the 658 rigs that were active this time a year ago.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported on Friday that 747 rigs were drilling for oil and 182 for natural gas this week.

Among oil- and gas-producing states, Colorado and Ohio each gained one rig.

North Dakota and Texas were down by two each, while Utah decreased by one.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

Two charged in murders of four

TROY, N.Y. — Two men were arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children who were found dead in their upstate New York apartment.

Justin Mann and James White were arrested in their hometown, Schenectady, and pleaded not guilty in Troy City Court.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said one of the defendants knew one of the victims. He declined to elaborate. Information given in court said the killings took place at about 9 p.m., Dec. 21. It wasn’t until Tuesday, five days later, that a property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River, just north of Albany. Police say Myers and Mells were in a relationship.

Tedesco said no more arrests are expected.

Hillary aide e-mails released

WASHINGTON — The State Department has released e-mails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, that were found by the FBI on her husband’s laptop.

Some of the e-mails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop were marked classified. It was unclear whether they were deemed classified at the time they were sent or when the State Department was preparing them for release.

The e-mails were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The FBI found thousands of e-mails exchanged between Clinton and Abedin while searching Weiner’s laptop as part of a criminal investigation into his sexting with a high school student. The discovery led then-FBI Director James Comey to announce in late October 2016, as Clinton’s run for the White House was in its final stage, that he was reopening the probe of her use of a private computer server. Two days before Election Day, he declared there was nothing new in the e-mails. Clinton has called Comey’s intervention “the determining factor” in her defeat.

Scores of reporters die for their work

BRUSSELS– At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, the world’s biggest journalists’ organization says.

In its annual “Kill Report,” seen by The Associated Press, the International Federation of Journalists said the reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world. More than 250 journalists were in prison in 2017.

The number of deaths as of Dec. 29 was the lowest in a decade, down from 93 in 2016. The largest number were killed in Mexico, but many also died in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.