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Senate Nominee Roy Moore Denies Misconduct Allegations In New Interview

Ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Alabama, Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has been battling accusations of past sexual misconduct, denied in a new interview that he ever dated underaged girls. “These allegations are completely false. I did not date underaged women. I did not molest anyone. And so these allegations are false,” Moore said during the interview with The Voice of Alabama Politics, a television news show affiliated with the website The Alabama Political Reporter. ... [Read Full Story]

Fourth Victim Discovered In Recent Detroit Highway Shootings

Michigan State Police officials say they now believe four shootings on Detroit’s freeway system are linked to the same suspect or suspects. A woman recently reported that her car was hit by gunfire on Thursday along Interstate 94 on the city’s east side. Police say the gunfire occurred on the same day and in the same area as three other shootings. One of the shootings along I-94 left a driver with a leg wound, and three other vehicles were struck but drivers weren’t injured.  Investigators do believe the shootings are random, and police said they’re looking for a silver or gray sedan seen at some of the shootings. ... [Read Full Story]

Former Olympic Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Receives 60-Year Sentence for Child Porn

Larry Nassar, the former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts, was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. It’s the first of three prison sentences for Nassar, who will learn his punishment in state court in January after pleading guilty to using his hands to molest girls at his campus office, his home and at a gymnastics club near Lansing, Michigan, sometimes with parents in the room.... [Read Full Story]

Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Democratic Senator Al Franken has said he plans to quit “in the coming weeks” after a series of sexual harassment allegations. Franken is the most prominent lawmaker to resign amid a wave of sexual misconduct claims against high-profile figures, and comes a day after nearly 30 Democrats called on him to resign. “Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” he told his colleagues on Thursday. “I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice.”... [Read Full Story]

Democratic Senators Call For Al Franken To Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Democratic senators called for Sen. Al Franken to resign on Wednesday, in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken lost the support of his Democratic colleagues and faced new pressures to resign over what a fellow senator said was a “clear pattern” of abuse.  Another woman has emerged, saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, bringing to seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men are calling for his resignation.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a controversial move that critics say may further inflame tensions in the Middle East. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a press conference at the White House.  ... [Read Full Story]

Rep. John Conyers To Leave Congress After He Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives, resigned from Congress on Tuesday, after facing calls to step down over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female staff members. The 88-year-old civil rights leader announced what he referred to as his “retirement” on Detroit talk radio, while continuing to deny he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him. He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him.... [Read Full Story]

Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed By Senate To Lead Department Of Homeland Security

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Nielsen, a former Homeland Security official nominated by President Trump, was confirmed by the Senate in a 62-37 vote on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Nielsen understands the department’s daily operations due to her previous experience and is ready to lead on her first day. ... [Read Full Story]

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]