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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.
Tillerson's proposal reduces the number of new diplomats being hired and includes the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development's possible consolidation, according to officials briefed on the proposal. The staff cuts would amount to about 3 percent of the department's roughly 75,000-strong workforce.
The proposal is a response to the Office of Management and Budget's call to slash the State Department and USAID budgets by 31 percent through deep cuts to foreign aid and other programs, said the officials, who weren't authorized to speak publicly about the as-yet unreleased plan and requested anonymity.
Students at the University of California, Davis, can now purchase $30 Plan B emergency contraceptives, pregnancy tests, condoms and other personal care products from a vending machine.
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The nation's signals intelligence agency said Friday it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target, in a move applauded by privacy advocates.
The National Security Agency said it will now limit such collection to internet communications sent directly to or from a foreign target. It won't permit intelligence officials to collect emails, texts and other communications between two people who mention a target by name, but are not themselves targets of surveillance.
A new study finds that it is not the elderly who are most susceptible to scam phone calls, but millennials, who are six times more likely to give away credit card information than any other age group.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are crying foul after Republican Rep. Mike Sparks sneaked in a resolution to honor former Ku Klux Klansman Nathan Bedford Forrest with a bust under a different name.
Philippine officials say a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck off a southern province and prompted a local tsunami warning, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Elizabeth "Lulu" Gilreath talks about her recovery from a carnival ride gone very wrong. Gilreath was scalped when her hair was caught on the King's Crown ride in Omaha, Nebraska, but she does...
A 59-year-old flower shop owner has been arrested for allegedly stealing plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery, possibly for months.
Police say they'd been getting reports for some time of thefts at First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains. Authorities replaced two of the missing plants in front of a mausoleum and installed surveillance cameras in the area last week. Two days later, police got a call that the plants were missing again.
Detectives checked out the surveillance footage and saw a woman approach the mausoleum in a silver minivan, get out of the vehicle and take the plants. Authorities were able to identify the suspect as Lynda Wingate, a former police dispatcher and flower shop owner in nearby Riverdale.
Police didn't say if they believed Wingate had resold the other flowers or if any of the previously stolen ones had been recovered.
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Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a former Mississippi law enforcement officer driver accused of fleeing after hitting five children when they got off a school bus in central Florida, leaving one teen dead.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a Friday news conference that two children were critically injured when the car hit them Thursday afternoon.
One of the students, 13-year-old Jahiem Robertson, later died from his injuries, officials said.
An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel ban says the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years.
Attorney Vincent Levy told The Associated Press exclusively on Friday that his client's wife and daughter obtained visas and traveled from Syria to Wisconsin this week.
A judge allowed him to file the lawsuit as John Doe to avoid identifying his wife and daughter so they wouldn't be endangered while still in Aleppo.
Reviving a derogatory nickname he used throughout his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump referred to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" during a speech before the National Rifle Association on Friday.
Trump, the first sitting president to address the group since Ronald Reagan, began his speech by reminding those in attendance that he was the only candidate to address the NRA during the last presidential election cycle. But he said ahead of the 2020 election, he expects more candidates to do the same.
"I have a feeling in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates," he said. "But you're not going to be wasting your time. You'll have plenty of Democrats coming over and you're going to say, 'No sir, no thank you. N o ma'am' - perhaps ma'am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that. And she's not big for the NRA, that I can tell you."
Nearly a year ago, Elizabeth Gilreath's scalp was ripped from her head when her hair was caught on a Nebraska carnival ride, but today, the 12-year-old known affectionately as Lulu says she refuses to dwell on the accident, NBC News reported.
"My scars don't define me. Nobody's scars should define them," she said.
Lulu was excited for her first-ever carnival ride, but the next thing she remembers after sitting down on the spinning King's Crown ride at a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha was waking up in the hospital, she told NBC affiliate WOWT 6 News Thursday.
"I told her, 'I feel like my head was smushed, Mom.' And she told me what happened," Lulu told WOWT.
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Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.
It's a long way from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's assertion back in November that it was "pretty crazy" to think that false news on Facebook influenced the U.S. presidential election. It's also a major sign that the world's biggest social network is continuing to grapple with its outsized role in how the world communicates, for better or for worse.
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Donald Trump misses his old job, struggles with the workload of the presidency and finds it brings a lack of privacy, he told Reuters ahead of his 100th day in office, NBC News reported.
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going … this is more work than in my previous life," he told Reuters. "I thought it would be easier."
The interview comes as Trump proposes a major tax reform plan, signs a slew of executive orders and tries to get a health care bill passed. He is also working to contain the nuclear threat in North Korea by negotiating with other major Asian leaders.
"I'm a details oriented person. I think you would say that, but I do miss my old life," Trump said. "I like to work, so that's not a problem, but this is actually more work."
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