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A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago was found safe at a commune in California and the teacher was arrested, authorities said Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Tad Cummins surrendered without incident in Cecilville, which is in northern California. Authorities said they found Cummins' Nissan Rogue and later located the pair.
The pair's disappearance March 13 came after Cummins was investigated by the school system when another student reported seeing the then-married teacher kiss the girl at the Culleoka Unit School.
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Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump Thursday at a fundraiser, saying his administration is a threat to LGBT rights, NBC News reported.
The former presidential candidate said the administration "elevates an outspoken opponent of LGBT equality." She mentioned specifically when it replaced "the first openly gay Secretary of the Army with someone who called being transgender a 'disease,'" referring to Trump's pick of Mark Green for the post.
At the event in New York City, Clinton also criticized Trump for withdrawing Obama-era school guidance aimed at protecting transgender kids, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their chosen gender identities.
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Most people think about restocking laundry, dish soap and other common household supplies as buying new ones, containers included. But emerging eco-friendly brands and services offering refills are hoping to change that line of thinking.
Soap refill stations have popped up in cities around California and the nation, offering common beauty and cleaning supplies to customers a la carte — container not included. "The soap refill station is a way in which people, without having to throw away their containers, are able to come into our shop and refill soap," said Derrick Kikuchiel, co-owner of Reach and Teach, a fair trade gift store in San Mateo.
Authorities are investigating an attack by a gunman who opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit just three days before a tense presidential election.
Security already has been a dominant theme in the campaign, and the violence on the sparkling avenue threatened to weigh on voters' decisions. Candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote.
Early Friday, the Paris prosecutor's office leading the investigation said investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the gunman's car. Investigators also searched a home in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack.
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The official leading the Justice Department's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is leaving her position next month.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord told the staff of the department's national security division this week she is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Her departure leaves a major vacancy at a time when several key positions within the department remain unfilled. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' picks for deputy and associate attorney general — the No. 2 and No. 3 officials at the Justice Department — await Senate confirmation, and the Trump administration has not announced other top political appointees.
Hawaii's Democratic lawmakers on Thursday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a "judge sitting on an island in the Pacific" could stop the president's travel ban.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono responded by trying to give Sessions a civics lesson on Twitter, saying Hawaii has been a U.S. state for 58 years.
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Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including its founder Julian Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets.
CNN reported Thursday that authorities are preparing to seek Assange's arrest. The Washington Post reported prosecutors are weighing charges against the organization's members after the Obama-era Justice Department declined to do so.
Possible charges include conspiracy, theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act, the newspaper said, though any charges would need approval from high-ranking officials in the Justice Department.
Based on his amended contract, Bill O'Reilly could receive up to one year’s salary after being ousted by Fox News, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC Thursday.
His annual salary is worth about $25 million, NBC News reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of O’Reilly’s contract. 21st Century Fox said Wednesday O'Reilly would not be returning to Fox News following a New York Times report that O’Reilly and Fox had settled five cases of sexual harassment allegations for about $13 million.
In an internal memo, Fox said the decision to remove him was made with outside counsel.
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A man who spent 11 years in federal prison for robbing banks will soon teach at Georgetown University's acclaimed law school.
Shon Hopwood was hired as a full professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, the school said. The lawyer, who passed the bar exam two years ago, said he was shocked by the offer.
"I never thought I would go to law school. I never thought I would become a licensed attorney," he said.
Hopwood, 41, said he was a college dropout living in a small town in Nebraska when he and a friend began robbing banks, armed with guns.
Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's lawyer is accusing the state medical examiner's office of "illegally" holding the player's brain despite the family's wishes to donate it for CTE research.
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and just last week was acquitted in two other killings before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, around 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, according to authorities. He died about an hour later.
Jose Baez, Hernandez's lead attorney in his recent double murder trial, said the family made arrangements with the medical examiner on Wednesday to donate Hernandez's brain to Boston University's CTE Center.
The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list.
The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends.
Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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It is not too early to begin preparing for the Great American Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017 — and the sun's position on April 19, 20 and 21, but especially April 20, will offer a perfect dress rehearsal for that historic event, NBC News reported.
During these three days, the sun will track across the sky along a path that will be very similar to the path it will take on the actual eclipse day, Aug. 21. In fact, the path that the sun will take on Friday, April 21 will virtually match its track on the day of the eclipse.
The only other significant difference is that the sun will arrive at its eclipse-day position about 4 minutes earlier on the three April dates compared to Aug. 21.
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Authorities dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.
Joy Shuford, 19, and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, the Daily Times of Salisbury reported.
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The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal.
From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric is colliding with the reality of governing. Despite repeated pledges to rip up, renegotiate or otherwise alter them, the U.S. has yet to withdraw from any of these economic, environmental or national security deals, as Trump's past criticism turns to tacit embrace of several key elements of U.S. foreign policy.
The administration says it is reviewing these accords and could still pull out of them. A day after certifying Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attacked the accord and listed examples of Iran's bad behavior.
Iran is failing to live up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal struck in 2015, President Donald Trump said Thursday, warning that his administration is debating whether or not to leave the landmark pact.
Trump, in a news conference with the visiting Italian premier, didn't telegraph whether he would ultimately decide to keep the U.S. in the deal or not, though he called it "terrible agreement" that was poorly negotiated. His comments came the same week that his administration certified to Congress than Iran is complying — at least technically — with the terms of the deal.
"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that," Trump said.