WASHINGTON

Senator cites Russian trolls

Russian internet trolls are exploiting the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to stir up divisions in the United States, a Republican on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said paid social media users, or “trolls,” were hashtagging “take a knee” and “boycott NFL” to amplify the issue. “They were taking both sides of the argument this past weekend, and pushing them out from their troll farms as much as they could to try to just raise the noise level in America and to make a big issue seem like an even bigger issue,” Lankford said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

LAS VEGAS

O.J. may be freed next week

O.J. Simpson could be released on parole as soon as Monday in Las Vegas under a plan being finalized by Nevada officials, a prison spokeswoman said Wednesday. The process culminating in freedom for the former football player, actor and TV pitchman is in motion, but must be approved and documents must be signed, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

NEW YORK

Student stabs classmates

A high school student who hadn’t been getting along with two classmates suddenly attacked them with a switchblade during history class Wednesday, killing one boy and gravely wounding another, police said. Fifteen to 20 students witnessed the attack. After leaving the classroom, the 18-year-old assailant handed the bloodied knife to a school counselor he met in the hall, then went to an assistant principal’s office and quietly waited for authorities to arrive, police said. The dead student, who was stabbed in the chest, was 15. A 16-year-old was stabbed in the chest and side and was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Scalise to talk about attack

CBS says 60 Minutes has landed the first television interview with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise since he was shot at a congressional baseball team practice in June. The network said Wednesday that Scalise will speak to Norah O’Donnell for the newsmagazine’s episode this Sunday. He’ll recount the attack from his vantage point and will talk about what his medical ordeal has been since then. Four Republicans were shot in the June 14 attack by an Illinois man, James Hodgkinson. He was killed in a shootout with police.

Compiled from wire reports