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President Donald Trump designated a veteran government lawyer Friday as a temporary replacement for a former ethics chief who sparred repeatedly with the White House over the handling of its officials' finances.
The Office of Government Ethics confirmed Friday that Trump designated the agency's general counsel, David J. Apol, to become its acting director. In a statement on its website, the agency said Apol "is honored to continue his 30 years of service to the ethics community."
Apol has been OGE's top lawyer since 2014 and previously served as a counsel as the U.S. Trade Representative. He also served for a period in the Clinton White House, where he worked on ethics issues. And he helped develop an ethics program at the Labor Department.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will darken a path 35 to 71 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina, blocking out the light from the sun. NBC Washington Storm Team4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell is at NASA...
An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in federal court, despite President Donald Trump's promises to send terror suspects to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Ali Charaf Damache, 52, of Algeria, appeared in court Friday and will be arraigned next month on charges that he conspired with two American women and a high school honors student from Maryland, court officials said.
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Gone were the tailored suits O.J. Simpson wore as a defendant two decades ago, replaced by prison blues. A contrite Simpson made the case for his rehabilitation.
When the former NFL running back was acquitted of murder on Oct. 3, 1995, Los Angeles was still recovering from 1992 riots, President Bill Clinton was in his first term and the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan was one of the most popular athletes in the world.
Since then, Latinos have become the nation's largest minority group and the country has elected its first black president (twice) and a white billionaire who critics say played on racial anxieties among working-class whites to win the White House.
Comic-Con is full of panels that feature beloved actors and exclusive sneak peaks at footage of upcoming movies and shows, but there are also quite a few Klingon-eyebrow-raising ones in the mix.
A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.
Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.
The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox dance festival when she was fined.
An 11-year-old girl suffered bone-deep lacerations Wednesday when what was probably a fish chewed on her foot and ankle as she cooled off on a paddleboard in a northeastern Minnesota lake, according to news reports.
Maren Kesselhon suffered deep cuts and tendon damage when she jumped off a paddleboard into the water on Island Lake, near Duluth, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.
Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop from New York to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., would stretch over 250 miles. If built, how would that compare to the world’s largest tunnels?
It may be reprehensible and morally outrageous, but legal experts say a group of Florida teens had no obligation to rescue a drowning disabled man who they instead mocked, laughed at and recorded on a video that was later posted online.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 2012 legal argument, summarized that across the U.S. there's no general duty to render aid to someone in distress.
"You don't have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him absent some relation between you," Kennedy said in arguments on the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
Kennedy added that there are "some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that's generally the rule."
Many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, do have laws requiring people to render aid, even if it means only summoning authorities. And violations in some countries can result in prison time.
But Florida's law is hardly unique across the U.S., legal experts said.
"Generally, throughout the U.S., there is no duty to rescue," said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice. Still, he added: "It seems like common sense that those kids should have tried to help the guy instead of filming it."
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Inmates in Tennessee can reduce their sentences if they have a vasectomy, after a judge signed a standing order announcing the program, NBC News reports.
The program, issued in May by Judge Sam Benningfield, will allow inmates to shorten their sentences by 30 days in exchange for the sterilizing procedure. Female inmates can receive the same sentence reduction by getting the birth control implant Nexplanon, which prevents pregnancy for four years.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has condemned the voluntary program, calling it "unconstitutional."
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The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.
The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the "bathroom bill" off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina's reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects.
But lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal said the replacement law, known as H.B. 142, continues the harms of its predecessor.
After Sen. John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis, the six-term Arizona senator declared he would "be back soon" to attend to his duties in the legislative branch — but the political ramifications of his exit could be substantial, NBC News reported.
According to Arizona law, the state governor would appoint a member of the same party to fill a Senate vacancy until the next regularly scheduled general election, which would be in November 2018.
If McCain left the Senate seat vacant before the midterm elections, Arizona would have two Senate elections in 2018 — an extremely rare event.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned after six months as President Donald Trump’s chief spokesman, according to sources. The move appeared to be linked to opposition over the appointment of...
A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns in California before fire crews were able to stop it from reaching a historic community near the Sierra Nevada.
As of Thursday, the Detwiler fire has scorched 70,596 acres — or 109 square miles — and destroyed 99 structures, including 50 homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The blaze continues to threaten about 1,500 more homes and other buildings.
The flames are near Highway 49, a historical route winding through Sierra Nevada foothills dotted with little towns that drew gold miners to California in the 1800s.
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Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump transition team official, is expected to be named as the new White House communications director, four sources in and close to the White House told NBC News Thursday.
Scaramucci did not respond to a request for comment, but the decision, first reported by Axios, is expected to be announced Friday. Sean Spicer is expected to stay on the communications team.
Scaramucci met with President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka in the Oval Office Thursday so the president could offer him the job, a source said.
Scaramucci was a supporter of Trump's during the campaign, dealing with fundraising and appearing on cable TV as a frequent defender of the president.
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