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University president to resign over former campus gynecologist scandal

Michael Kovac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias is stepping down over a scandal involving a former campus gynecologist, the school's board of trustees announced Friday.In a letter to students and faculty members, Rick Caruso, chairman of the Subcommittee of the Executive Committee, said Nikias and the board "agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president.""We appreciate the voices of the many members of the university community who have expressed indignation from ...

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Commanding Officer in deadly USS McCain collision pleads guilty to negligence

Malasian Navy(NEW YORK CITY) -- The former commanding officer of the destroyer USS John S. McCain pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of dereliction of duty for his role in last year's deadly collision that killed 10 sailors.Commander Alfredo J. Sanchez was sentenced to a letter of reprimand and a $6,000 fine, as part of his plea deal agreement he will be required to retire from the Navy.On August 21, 2017 10 sailors were killed when the destroyer collided with an oil tanker as it ...

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Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers, cuts union powers

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump signed executive orders Friday that take aim at what White House officials described as an overly bureaucratic and extensive process of firing “poorly performing” civil servants.The orders would also limit the power and funding from the federal unions set up to protect them.The head of the largest federal workers' union said the Trump administration "seems hellbent on replacing a civil service that works for all taxpayers with a political service that serves at its whim."In a call with reporters, ...

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Santa Fe school shooting survivors discuss solutions to make schools safer: 'Inaction is not an option'

KTRK(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting held a press conference Friday in which they detailed what they believe needs to be done to ensure safety in schools and other public places.The students, many of whom participated in the March for Our Lives rally in response to the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, appeared alongside several members March for Our Lives Houston chapter.Santa Fe High School junior Megan McGuire told reporters that her ...

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Trump administration lifts penalties on Chinese telecom suspected of espionage

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration has reached a deal with Chinese telecom ZTE to lift economic sanctions on the firm, a move likely to frustrate much of Congress, two sources familiar with the arrangement have confirmed to ABC.The Commerce Department will lift a seven-year ban on ZTE’s ability to buy American parts, which was imposed after the company violated U.S. sanctions and did business with Iran and North Korea. The U.S. government is also concerned that the state-backed company was using its devices to spy ...

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Ireland overwhelmingly votes to repeal abortion ban, exit polls project

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- Two major exit polls project that Irish voters have voted to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, passed by voters in 1983, which effectively bans abortions in the island nation.One poll, by The Irish Times, projected 68 percent in favor of repealing. Another, by RTE, showed a similar projection of 69.4 percent in favor.The results followed a contentious and emotional campaign in a deeply Catholic nation, home to one of the world's strictest abortion bans. Seeking or providing an abortion in Ireland was a ...

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EPA has spent more than $3.5 million on Pruitt's security in first year in office

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Friday that it has spent more than $3.5 million on Administrator Scott Pruitt's security team since taking office, significantly more than his two predecessors.As more ethical questions prompted investigations into the cost of Pruitt's security detail and travel, members of Congress have questioned whether the increased spending was justified.The agency says that Pruitt needed 24/7 security – more than previous administrators – in response to an "unprecedented number of threats" against him. Because of the threats, the EPA ...

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YTMT Logo Fleeing the Land of Lincoln.

It seems that folks are fleeing Illinois in droves – more than 71,000 net out-migration since 2016.

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