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President Trump Orders Large Cuts To Two National Monuments In Utah

President Trump announced cuts to two of Utah’s sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday in a bid to boost development, angering tribes and environmental groups. Trump signed two proclamations after his speech; one would reduce the 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, while the other would cut to the state’s 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Tribal leaders representing the five tribes that pushed for the creation of the monument (the Navajo, Hopi, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain and Ute Indians) said they will take the Trump administration to court. . ...Read Full Story

Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.  The justices say in an order Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded. . ...Read Full Story

Trump Attorney Gives Information On President’s Tweet About Michael Flynn Lying To FBI

John Dowd, President Trump’s personal attorney, has taken responsibility for a tweet that implied President Trump knew his former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI when he demanded his resignation in February.  On Sunday, Dowd told NBC News he composed the tweet and sent it to White House social media director Dan Scavino for publishing. Dowd told NBC News the tweet was dictated orally.  “I’m out of the tweeting business,” Dowd told NBC. “I did not mean to break news.”. ...Read Full Story

ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for 4 Weeks Without Pay Over “Serious Error” In Flynn Report

ABC News announced that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched “exclusive” about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Ross’ suspension is effective immediately. During a live “special report” Friday morning, Ross reported that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while Trump was still a candidate. The report raised the specter of Trump’s impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Donates Third-Quarter Salary To Health Agency To Tackle Opioid Crisis

President Trump wrote a check to the Department of Health and Human Services that will go toward a public information campaign about the opioid crisis, fulfilling part of his pledge not to take a salary in his role in the Oval Office. The donation is part of Trump’s pledge to give his $400,000-a-year presidential salary away. The latest check will go toward paying for a public awareness campaign that will detail the dangers of opioid addiction, which involves prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin. The awareness campaign was one of the recommendations that Trump’s opioid commission made earlier this month.. ...Read Full Story

White House Stays Quiet On Speculation That President Trump Is Replacing Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson

The Trump administration is “considering” a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to an administration official.   Though that plan has been discussed inside the White House, it’s unclear when it will happen — or if it will, the source said. Tillerson’s fate has been the subject of much speculation for months amid reports of tension with President Donald Trump. The potential plan also includes filling Pompeo’s slot at CIA with a Republican senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, though there are differing views on whether Cotton should move to the CIA or stay in the Senate.. ...Read Full Story

Matt Lauer Releases Statment, Apologizes After Firing for Sexual Misconduct: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday morning released a statement acknowledging his wrongdoings with women over the years and apologized — but also said some of the charges against him were untrue.  “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said in a statement read on the NBC morning show Thursday by his former colleague Savannah Guthrie . Lauer, however, disputed some of the claims that have been raised since his sudden termination was announced on Wednesday.. ...Read Full Story

White House Responds To President Trump Retweets Of Far-Right Group’s Anti-Muslim Videos

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that it doesn’t matter whether the anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump are real or not, because “the threat is real.”  Trump shared three videos on Twitter early Wednesday from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, far-right fringe group in Britain.  The group, Britain First, claims to be fighting the “Islamization” of England, and the graphic videos purported to show Muslims committing violent crimes.. ...Read Full Story

New Reports Detail More Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Matt Lauer

New reports are surfacing accusing Matt Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior toward multiple women, hours after NBC News announced he had been fired after a detailed complaint from a colleague. Variety reporters tweeted they had been investigating Lauer for months and interviewed dozens of current and former employees, and reported Wednesday that they had spoken to three women who said they were victims of sexual harassment by Lauer. Several women claimed that they had complained to network executives about his behavior in the past.. ...Read Full Story

NBC News Fires ‘Today’ Show Host Matt Lauer For Sexual Misconduct

NBC News fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, the network announced on Wednesday. “While it is the first complain about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” NBC said in a statement. Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to announce the news Wednesday morning on “Today.”. ...Read Full Story

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile In New Test

North Korea defied President Donald Trump and the world again by firing another ballistic test missile on Tuesday. The North Koreans fired the ICBM at 1:17 p.m. ET from a base in Sain Ni, North Korea, that traveled about 620 miles before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, a Pentagon spokesman said.  It was the first missile launch since September and came as Trump and Senate Republicans were trying to pass a tax code overhaul, but the President gave no details or signals of a change in strategy. So far the North Koreans have test-fired rockets 18 times since he took office in January. . ...Read Full Story

FBI Joins The Search For Missing North Carolina Toddler

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s help in their search for a missing North Carolina toddler. Mariah Woods was last seen Sunday night on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, N.C. Her mother says her boyfriend saw the toddler around midnight after he told her to go to bed, but by Monday morning Mariah was missing. Since then K9 units were searching for clues around the trailer where she was last seen. Multiple agencies are helping the mother desperate to find her daughter and to bring her home.. ...Read Full Story

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Puts Hiring Freeze On Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s pick as leader of the nation’s top financial watchdog agency, said Monday that he was imposing a 30-day freeze on hiring and new rule making as he moves to take control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Meanwhile, Leandra English, who was elevated to the same position by the bureau’s outgoing director, met with top Senate Democrats. She has asked a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to block Mulvaney from taking over the bureau.  Mulvaney, the current White House budget director, said on Monday that he would keep the CFPB open.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at Event Honoring Native American Veterans

President Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” during a White House event Monday honoring Native American code talkers who served in World War II. The President made the comment in reference to Warren’s heritage, which the Democrat Senator on numerous occasions has said has Native American roots. In part, the President said “we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”. ...Read Full Story

Rep. John Conyers Steps Down As Ranking Member Of Judiciary Committee Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan has stepped down as ranking member of House Judiciary Committee, amid a congressional investigation into sexual harassment and workplace abuse allegations by his former staffers. Conyers’ decision to step down comes after former staffers accused Conyers of a variety of workplace abuses, including sexual harassment. As a result of the allegations, Conyers faces a House Ethics Committee probe. He has “expressly and vehemently” denied any wrongdoing.. ...Read Full Story

Texas Congressman Joe Barton Says Capitol Police Are Investigating Release of Nude Photo

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas said the Capitol Police has started an investigation into the release of a nude photograph of him. Barton apologized on Wednesday after the photo circulated on social media. Barton issued a statement saying that while separated from his second wife, prior to their divorce in 2015, he had sexual relationships “with other mature adult women.” The 68-year-old Republican said each relationship was consensual and has since ended. Barton has no plans to step down.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Visits Coast Guard In Florida On Thanksgiving Day

In a surprise visit to a Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Nov. 23, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump thanked and praised the service members for their rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey. The first couple provided lunch – turkey sandwiches, giant muffins, fruit, chips and cookies- to the men and women working at the station near Trump’s private golf resort. The first family is celebrating Thanksgiving from his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.. ...Read Full Story

Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Among Victims Of Former USA Gymnastic Doctor Larry Nassar

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, confirmed on Wednesday that she was abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, becoming the third member of the record-setting 2012 U.S. gold medal winning team to acknowledge they were abused by Nassar. Douglas’ statement confirming the abuse comes as Nassar has agreed a plea deal in which he will plead guilty on Wednesday to sexually assaulting seven young female athletes in a Michigan criminal case and will face at least 25 years in prison, according to people familiar with the case.. ...Read Full Story

57 Million Uber Users’ Information Hacked In 2016

According to a report on Tuesday, the personal data of 57 million riders and drivers of Uber were stolen by hackers in October of 2016, and Uber learned of it a month later. However instead of reporting the hack, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete data and keep the breach quiet. No Social Security numbers, credit card details, or trip location information were part of the hack; but names, email addresses and phone numbers were taken from users, as well as 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers from company drivers. . ...Read Full Story

CBS Suspends Charlie Rose After 8 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Harassment

Veteran television host Charlie Rose was suspended by CBS and other broadcasters on Monday after a Washington Post report detailing allegations by eight woman that he sexually harassed them over the years. Rose, 75, apologized for the behavior reported in the investigation, which included allegations of groping, unwanted sexual advances, and in some cases appearing nude in the same room as a colleague. It was not clear how long Rose’s suspension would last, with CBS saying only that it was looking into the matter.. ...Read Full Story

Justice Department Sues to Halt AT&T-Time Warner Deal

The Justice Department on Monday said it would sue AT&T to halt its proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. The Justice Department raised concerns about the deal earlier this month, as top officials at the companies and the Justice Department traded conflicting accounts of what steps AT&T and Time Warner were told they had to take to avoid an antitrust action. A Justice Department official said that his office decided to bring action after its economic analysis concluded that the merger “would harm competition.”. ...Read Full Story

US Marine Involved in Fatal Accident in Okinawa

Police in Okinawa are investigating a fatal traffic accident, involving an elderly man and a U.S. Marine. Reports say a 61-year-old man died when his vehicle and the serviceman’s truck collided. Okinawa police confirmed that the Marine’s breath test had an alcohol level three times the legal limit. The Marines have expressed their “sincere condolences” to the victim’s family and have promised to cooperate with the investigation. The names of the two drivers have not been released.. ...Read Full Story

At Least 5 Injured In Manhattan Scaffolding Collapse

Several people were injured when scaffolding collapsed on a busy New York City sidewalk Sunday, officials said. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Prince Streets in the trendy SoHo neighborhood in lower Manhattan. The New York City Police Department’s 5th Precinct said on Twitter there were 5 injuries reported.. ...Read Full Story

Corruption Trial Of Senator Menendez Ends In Mistrial

The corruption trial of New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors. The hung jury was a victory for Menendez and a major setback for federal prosecutors.. ...Read Full Story

Senators Unveil New Bipartisan Gun Control Legislation

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) are expected to announce their unlikely partnership on gun legislation Thursday, signaling a bipartisan attempt to bridge party differences in the wake of tragic mass shootings across the country in recent weeks. The Cornyn-Murphy bill aims to encourage states and federal agencies to report infractions that would prohibit a person from buying a gun to a national database. The legislation was spurred in part by the man who opened fire in a Texas church earlier this month.. ...Read Full Story

Australian Diplomat Dies After Fall From New York Building Terrace

An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five stories to his death from a Manhattan building terrace early Wednesday morning.  Julian Simpson, 30, died when he slipped over a railing at his Lower East Side apartment just after 1:40 am, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed.  Simpson was Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations and based in Australia’s permanent mission to the United States in New York.. ...Read Full Story

Sixth Woman Accuses Roy Moore Of Sexual Misconduct

A sixth woman has come forward with misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Alabama resident Tina Johnson has accused Moore of sexual misconduct.  Moore vehemently denies all allegations, but leading Republicans apparently view the allegations as substantial enough to withdraw their support for him.  Despite the pushback, Moore reportedly intends to continue his campaign for the state’s special election, which is scheduled on Dec. 12.. ...Read Full Story

5 dead, 3 Children Wounded After Shooting Spree In Northern California

At least four people and a gunman are dead after a shooting spree on Tuesday across multiple locations, including an elementary school, at the Rancho Tehama reserve in Northern California, authorities said. Police said at least three children were among the wounded.  Authorities and witnesses told news outlets that the gunman appeared to pick targets randomly, driving around the community and shooting at people from his car.  The gunman was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies, and authorities recovered a rifle and handguns from the scenes.. ...Read Full Story

Police Hunt Serial Killer As 4th Person Killed

Residents of a Tampa neighborhood were asked to shelter in place early Tuesday after a body was found close to where three people were killed within a half-mile of each other last month — once again sparking fears of a serial killer in the Sunshine State. Authorities checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for killing four people for no apparent reason in just over a month.  . ...Read Full Story