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Senate Intel Committee pushes for election security upgrades ahead of 2018 midterms

Top Senate Intelligence Committee lawmakers on Tuesday called Russia “relentless” in its attempt to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections and warned that state election officials need to strengthen their safety nets against future cyberattacks ahead of the midterm elections in November.<p>Senate …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Illegal immigrants, who dodged California ICE raid after Dem mayor's tip-off, re-arrested for new crimes

Three illegal immigrants, who escaped capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE officials said.<p>Schaaf tweeted out a warning of the raid in …


Women's college instructs professors not to call students 'women'

An all-women’s college in Massachusetts tells its teachers not to say “women” in the classroom but rather use the word “students.”<p>Professors are instructed to say “Mount Holyoke students” instead of “Mount Holyoke women,” as well as avoiding statements like “We’re all women here…” or referring to …

College & University

Teacher who called military 'lowest of the low' is fired

A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening.<p>Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School District reached a unanimous decision to fire Gregory Salcido, a history teacher at El Rancho …

U.S. Marines

Melania Trump addresses critics at cyberbullying summit

“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” she told a table of tech leaders. “...But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right.”

Melania Trump

Clash over abortion hobbles a health bill. Again. Here's how.

The Affordable Care Act very nearly failed to become law due to an intraparty dispute among Democrats over how to handle the abortion issue. Now a similar argument between Democrats and Republicans is slowing progress on a bill that could help cut soaring premiums and shore up the ACA.<p>At issue is …

Health Care

If Facebook wants to protect user data, it needs to disclose what it has and let people opt out

The Cambridge Analytica story has struck a chord because of the company's connection to Trump and their resemblance to cartoon villains -- and there’s seemingly no doubt that the company violated Facebook’s rules. But Cambridge Analytica's harvesting of more than 50 million Americans' personal …


Katy Perry surprises 'Idol' contestant with kiss and he says he was 'uncomfortable'

Katy Perry may have thought she was being cute and fun when she planted a surprise first kiss on a young man auditioning for the reboot of “American Idol,” but the teen in question is now saying that he didn’t enjoy it one bit.<p>As previously reported, Perry caught flak on social media for being …

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Hillary Clinton blames 'pressure' from men for why white women voted for Trump

Hillary Clinton’s trip to India is evoking memories from her failed 2016 bid for president, as the Democrat makes headlines for blaming racism and misogyny for her loss while taking stumbles in front of the cameras.<p>During an appearance in India over the weekend, Clinton claimed she lost the 2016 …


Parkland massacre sparks a wave of state-level gun reform efforts

In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting attack that left 17 dead and another 17 wounded, Florida, a broad patchwork of state-level efforts to reform gun laws have gained momentum across the nation.<p><b>Interactive Map: State-level gun reform legislation</b> <i><br>A bevy of bills could broadly</i> …


Sen. Graham: FBI, DOJ Were 'Corrupt' in Clinton Email Probe, 'Abused' FISA Process

Bret Baier sat down with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to discuss their call for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Department of Justice and FBI actions in the Russia probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of …

U.S. Department of Justice

Trump administration sanctions Russians

The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned 19 Russian individuals and five Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election and engaging in cyber-attacks.<p>The announcement was made by the Department of the Treasury and includes the 13 Russians who were recently indicted in …


'Angel families' want to see Oakland mayor prosecuted for thwarting ICE raids

The parents of children killed by illegal immigrants are demanding that the Trump administration take a tough stance against a California mayor who thwarted a federal immigration raid this month -- urging that she face consequences and even jail time.<p>Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sparked national …


Retail Apocalypse: 23 big retailers closing stores

Some of the United States’ most prominent retailers are shuttering stores in recent months amid sagging sales in the troubled sector.<p>The rise of ecommerce outlets like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has made it harder for traditional retailers to attract customers to their stores and forced companies to …

J.C. Penney

Facebook bans far-right group Britain First and its leadership in hate speech clampdown

Facebook has banned far-right group Britain First and its leaders as the social network clamps down on hate speech.<p>The pages of Britain First, the group’s leader Paul Golding, and deputy leader Jayda Fransen have been removed, the company confirmed Wednesday.<p>“Content posted on the Britain First …

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Study finds pizza can increase work productivity

A recent study claims that pizza is a bigger motivator than cash and can make people more productive at work when used as a stimulus. The discovery was made by psychologist Dan Ariely and detailed in his book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations.<p>Ariely’s experiment offered four …


Death maps show where despair is killing Americans

Researchers have mapped out deaths from alcohol, drugs and violence across the U.S. and found troubling patterns of despair that have worsened in recent years.<p>While deaths from alcohol abuse, suicide and violence are down, they are more than outweighed by a gigantic 600 percent increase in drug …

New York City

'The Crown' producers admit Queen Elizabeth actress paid less than Prince Philip actor

Two producers of Netflix's royal family drama "The Crown" admitted on Tuesday that Matt Smith, the actor who plays Prince Philip, was paid more than Claire Foy, the actress who plays the lead character: Queen Elizabeth II.<p>Suzanne Mackie, the creative director of the production company behind "The …

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Trump fires Sec. of State Tillerson via Twitter

Pres. Trump announced Tuesday morning with a tweet that he had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and appointed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, ending months of speculation about how much longer the embattled Tillerson would last in the job.

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Bills too high, paychecks too small: Why Americans aren't saving more

Bills too high, paychecks too small: Why Americans aren’t saving more<p>One in five Americans isn’t socking away any money, with lower-income households especially struggling to save, according to a new survey.<p>Bankrate found that 20 percent of more than 500 working Americans surveyed said …

Personal Finance

More exonerations are driven by police and prosecutor misconduct

The number of exonerations involving wrongdoing by police, prosecutors and other government workers set a record last year, according to a report released on Wednesday. The findings are part of a larger trend that reflects America's more aggressive attempts to expose and understand the causes of …

Cook County

Students in their own words on the national school walkout

NBC News spoke to students around the country who marched out of schools on Wednesday demanding action on gun violence.


House passes school safety bill a month after Parkland shooting

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would authorize grants to train students, law enforcement and teachers to identify the signs of school violence before it occurs.<p>The 407 to 10 vote was held exactly one month after a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High …


California teacher accidentally discharges weapon in school during safety course

Dennis Alexander is now on leave after accidentally firing his gun into the ceiling while inspecting it in class. The school teacher was not authorized to be carrying a gun on campus.


U.S. Senate approves bill rewriting post-crisis bank rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 67 to 31 on Wednesday to ease bank rules, bringing Congress a step closer to passing the first rewrite of the Dodd-Frank reform law enacted after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.<p>The draft legislation now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives where …

State Street

'Language matters': Campaign aims to stop use of 'retard' and 'retarded'

Soon after Heather McEntarfer’s son, Evan, was born two years ago, she was filling out paperwork that asked if he was “mentally retarded.” It stunned her. She couldn’t believe the state of New York used outdated terminology to refer to people like Evan, who was born with Down syndrome.<p>“The way we …


Florida governor signs ‘school safety’ bill that could arm teachers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into state law new gun restrictions ─ and a provision that allows teachers to arm themselves ─ crafted in response to the February killing of 17 people at a suburban high school.<p>The measure — dubbed the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety …


Are teens starting to step back from social media?

Despite their reputation for always having their faces buried in their phones, a new study shows that teens are starting to back off from social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram took some of the biggest hits, but Snapchat is still going strong.

Public Health