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Multiple Fatalities Reported As Amtrak Train Derails In Washington State

An Amtrak train derailed on Monday in Washington State in its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing a number of riders and injuring nearly 100. The derailment caused multiple fatalities among the passengers, and as the train struck several cars on Interstate 5 it caused additional injuries but no more reported deaths. Thirteen of the train’s 14 cars jumped the tracks, and five vehicles plus two semi-trailer trucks were involved in the accident. It was not immediately clear whether the derailment was connected to the rerouting. A statement from the state transportation department said the track had undergone “weeks of inspection and testing” before Monday’s launch.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Says He’s Not Planning To Fire Robert Mueller

President Trump said Sunday he is not considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the wake of calls from some Republican allies to shut down the Mueller probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 over allegations of bias by FBI officials. “No, I’m not,” the President told reporters upon his arrival back at the White House from Camp David. Mr. Trump’s attorneys are embroiled in a fresh spat with Mueller, the former FBI director, over his team’s reported acquisition of thousands of emails from Trump’s transition team. Trump’s legal team wrote in a letter Friday that the emails had been obtained inappropriately from a federal agency and called for Mueller to return the documents. A spokesman for Mueller said all documents related to the investigation had been obtained through normal means.... [Read Full Story]

Power Outage At Atlanta Airport Cancels Flights

A power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, ground operations to a halt on Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop on flights, meaning planes are held at their departure points, the airport said. Delta Air Lines diverted some Atlanta-bound flights and expected delays as a result of the loss of power, a spokesman said. The airline is based in Atlanta and the airport is its main hub. Southwest Airlines cancelled the remainder of its flights to and from the Atlanta airport on Sunday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said some international flights were sent to other airports. It was not immediately clear what caused the outage, but Georgia Power and the airport said they were investigating.... [Read Full Story]

New York Woman Charged With Laundering Money To Help ISIS

U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was arrested Wednesday on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Shahnaz pleaded not guilty on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tomlinson in New York. Prosecutors said that between March and July of this year, Shahnaz obtained a loan and multiple credit cards by making false representations to financial institutions, and used them to buy Bitcoin. A lawyer for Shahnaz, Steve Zissou, could not immediately be reached for comment.... [Read Full Story]

FCC Votes to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.... [Read Full Story]

US Ambassador Nikki Haley To Present “Irrefutable Evidence” On Iran

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in Washington on Thursday on Iran’s “ongoing destabilizing activities in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.” The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen’s Huthi rebels, who fired a missile intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4. ... [Read Full Story]

House And Senate GOP Leaders Reach A Tax Package Deal

House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. Top GOP aides said lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle on the final package. Details still need to be drafted and assessed by congressional scorekeepers, but the final House-Senate compromise is on track to be unveiled this week, the aides said.... [Read Full Story]

Alabama Senate Election: Doug Jones Wins In Major Upset, Roy Moore Won’t Yet Concede

Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off a major upset in Alabama by defeating Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from the deeply conservative state in 25 years. “We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken,” Jones said during a victory speech in Birmingham late Tuesday. But in a late-night speech to supporters, Moore refused to concede. Moore told the crowd that when the “vote is this close…it’s not over.” With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones had 49.9 percent to Moore’s 48.4 percent.... [Read Full Story]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls President Trump’s Tweet A “Sexist Smear”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter. After Gillibrand called for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him, Trump attacked the Senator in a tweet which implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash. Gillibrand replied directly to Trump on Twitter: “you cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”  And at a news conference later on Tuesday, Gillibrand called Trump’s tweet “a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice.”... [Read Full Story]

Three Female Accusers Call For Congress To Investigate President Trump For Sexual Harassment

Three women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct detailed their allegations at a press conference Monday and demanded a congressional investigation to hold him accountable. Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds appeared at a press conference Monday with Robert Greenwald, the founder of Brave New Films. A video the film company produced was shown before the press conference began, which included testimonials from 16 women who have alleged President Trump had sexually harassed them. Calling on Congress to put aside partisan affiliations, Ms. Crooks urged the legislative chamber to investigate the President.... [Read Full Story]

NYC Port Authority Terror Attacker Linked To ISIS, Officials Say

An ISIS-inspired terrorist with a crude bomb strapped to his chest injured three people and himself and caused panic inside a busy Midtown subway station Monday morning in the latest terror attack on New York City. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, detonated an “improvised, low-tech explosive device,” similar to a pipe bomb, at 7:20 a.m. as he walked in a pedestrian tunnel underneath 42nd Street. Ullah, 27, of Flatlands, Brooklyn, was in custody at Bellevue Hospital Monday where he’s being treated for serious injuries including burns and wounds, officials said. Three other people suffered minor injuries consistent with being in the area of an explosion.... [Read Full Story]

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]