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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]

Recovered Video In Penn State Hazing Death Leads To More Charges

A Pennsylvania prosecutor charged an additional 12 members of a Penn State University fraternity in the death of 19 year-old student Timothy Piazza on February 4th. The charges came after examining recovered surveillance-camera video of the alcohol-fueled initiation rite that turned deadly. Piazza’s death followed a drinking game at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. A total of 17 fraternity members are now facing various charges including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hazing and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor in a state that bans drinking under the age of 21.... [Read Full Story]

Puerto Rico Experiences Massive Power Outage

A massive outage has wiped out power to Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. The problem is with a failure on a main north-south transmission line, said Fernando Padilla, an official with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA.  Homes and businesses that had been on grid power had to restart generators if they had them. Much of Puerto Rico has been without power since Hurricane Maria smashed the island on September 20.... [Read Full Story]

New York Doctor Accused in Six Opioid Deaths

A New York doctor who whose clinic prescribed more pain pills than any hospital in the state has been charged in the deaths of six people who overdosed on opioids. Dr. Eugene Gosy of Williamsville, near Buffalo, was indicted last year on federal narcotics and fraud charges by prosecutors who said he turned patients of his pain management clinic into drug addicts for profit. Now a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment, saying his alleged pill-pushing “caused the death of at least six individuals, and contributed to the deaths of others.”... [Read Full Story]

Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon Jr. Has Died

Apollo 12 astronaut Richard “Dick” F. Gordon Jr., one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn’t land there, has died at 88. Gordon flew on Gemini 11 in 1966, walking in space twice. In 1969, Gordon circled the moon in the Apollo 12 command module Yankee Clipper while crewmates Alan Bean and Charles Conrad landed and walked on the lunar surface. Gordon died Monday at his home in San Marcos, California, according to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.... [Read Full Story]

Democrats Win Governor’s Races in Virginia And New Jersey

Democrats rode to victory in Tuesday’s hotly contested gubernatorial elections, as Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Phil Murphy beat Republican Kim Guadagno in New Jersey. The victories, in particular the win in Virginia, are a huge boost to the Democratic Party, which had lost four special congressional elections to Republicans since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago.  ... [Read Full Story]

Disney Ends Ban On Los Angeles Times Amid Fierce Backlash

Amid a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Company on Tuesday reversed its decision to bar The Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies following an investigation by the newspaper into the media giant’s business dealings in Anaheim. Disney’s change of course came after a number of news outlets, including The New York Times and the A.V. Club, said they were boycotting advance screenings of Disney films in solidarity.... [Read Full Story]