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War criminal Praljak claims to ingest poison, dies

A former Bosnian Croat military chief who appeared to ingest poison during a United Nations war crimes tribunal on Wednesday has reportedly died. Croatian state TV said Slobodan Praljak, 72, a former commander in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, appeared to drink from a small bottle moments after judges at the international criminal tribunal in The Hague reconfirmed a 20-year sentence. He yelled “I am not a war criminal” while his lawyer shouted: “My client says he has taken poison.” Presiding Judge Carmel Aguis quickly suspended the hearing while Dutch emergency services were called to the scene. A court guard told reporters that Praljak was “receiving medical attention.” A court guard has told reporters Slobodan Praljak, 72, was alive and “receiving medical attention” after apparently t...

Michigan State accused of covering up worst sex abuse scandal in US sports

Michigan State University is accused of covering up what is believed to be the biggest sexual abuse scandal in U.S. sports, which the public university “unequivocally denies.” Michigan State’s former director of sports and former Olympic gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nasser —  accused of sexual assault by more than 150 women, including several Team USA gymnasts —  now has pleaded guilty to 10 sexual assault counts as well as possession of child pornography. He also admitted in court to committing sexually abusive procedures thousands of times throughout his 20-year career. “This is one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in the country, and they’ve engaged in the systemic protection of a child molester,” attorney John Manly, who is representing a majority of the victims...

Who will replace Lauer? Star’s fall leaves big opening, big decision for NBC

Who will replace Matt Lauer at NBC’s ‘Today’? Matt Lauer was fired from the “Today” show following allegations of sexual misconduct. His co-anchor seat on the popular morning program is now vacant for the first time in 20 years. Who will replace Lauer? Here are possible replacements. NBC’s storied “Today” show, the venerable network’s biggest money-maker and most important brand, is suddenly in the market for a new face. The sudden firing of longtime host Matt Lauer for alleged sexually inappropriate behavior, leaves a gaping opening for one of the most glamorous gigs in television broadcasting. While there is no shortage of aspiring candidates, the Peacock Network has a lot riding on getting it right. According to Kantar Media, “Today”...

Matt Lauer sexted intern, other women at NBC, report says

Matt Lauer, the former NBC News anchor who was fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior,” has been accused of sexting network employees — including an intern. Lauer, according to a New York Post report Wednesday night, allegedly sent “lewd messages and revealing pictures” to women working at NBC. One of those women, an intern, is believed to have been the staffer who brought the news anchor’s career with the company tumbling down after she approached executives about an incident that allegedly occurred with Lauer during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The intern allegedly provided a photo “which was a major part of the evidence which is why the firing came so quickly.” It “was so damning that they had no other option but to fire him,” a source told the Post. The photo, sources told the ...

Revelation of disgraced Matt Lauer’s ‘secret door button’ raises eyebrows

FILE – In this April 21, 2016, file photo, Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC “Today” television program, appears on set in Rockefeller Plaza, in New York. NBC News announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer was fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) NBC News fired “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior hours before Variety published the results of a two-month investigation tying the morning show star to various levels of alleged sexual harassment. Once Variety’s bombshell hit the internet, the salacious details included one detail that caught fire on social media: According to Variety, Lauer’s private office at storied 30 Rockefeller Plaza co...

How much longer will the Russia investigations take? Timetable divides lawmakers

The ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election led by both the special counsel and congressional investigators seem certain to stretch into 2018, but members of Congress are becoming increasingly divided over how much more time to spend on the probes. While House Republicans have expressed a desire to wrap up their investigation before Christmas, ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California told ABC News there are “dozens” of witnesses yet to be interviewed and “months of work” yet to be done. “If we want to adhere to a political timetable the majority will bring this to an end, but it will be a tremendous disservice to the country,” Schiff said. “There are dozens of witnesses who have clearly relevant testimony, so that’s going to t...

Trump Lashes Out at U.K. PM on Twitter (But Tweets Wrong Theresa May)

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May late Wednesday, after her office rebuked him earlier in the day for retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by a right-wing British activist. “Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” Trump posted on Twitter. Initially Trump tagged the wrong person, linking to a woman identified on Twitter as Theresa Scrivener. Moments later he fixed the error. Early Wednesday, Trump retweeted a series of unverified anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of a British ultranationalist movement. The three videos purport to show a “Muslim migrant” assaulting a Dutch person on crutches, an “Islami...

What New Sanctions on North Korea Might Look Like

12:00 Mark Haefele UBS, Global Chief Invsmt Ofcr:Wealth Mgmt 12:00 Kevin Cirilli Bloomberg Editorial, Reporter:White House 12:10 Michael Mckee Bloomberg Editorial, Economics Editor 12:30 Dan Pickering Tph Asset Management LP, Chief Investment Officer 12:40 Jeb Hensarling (US)House of Representatives, Texas Congressman (R) 13:00 Jurrien Timmer Fidelity Investments, Director:Global Macro 13:00 Ashish Shah AllianceBernstein LP, Chief Invsmt Ofcr:Global Credit/Head:Fixed Income 13:00 Michael Mckee Bloomberg Editorial, Economics Editor 13:20 Kevin Cirilli Bloomberg Editorial, Reporter:White House

Height Securities Says U.S. Tax Reform Very Doable

12:00 Mark Haefele UBS, Global Chief Invsmt Ofcr:Wealth Mgmt 12:00 Kevin Cirilli Bloomberg Editorial, Reporter:White House 12:10 Michael Mckee Bloomberg Editorial, Economics Editor 12:30 Dan Pickering Tph Asset Management LP, Chief Investment Officer 12:40 Jeb Hensarling (US)House of Representatives, Texas Congressman (R) 13:00 Jurrien Timmer Fidelity Investments, Director:Global Macro 13:00 Ashish Shah AllianceBernstein LP, Chief Invsmt Ofcr:Global Credit/Head:Fixed Income 13:00 Michael Mckee Bloomberg Editorial, Economics Editor 13:20 Kevin Cirilli Bloomberg Editorial, Reporter:White House

U.S. Demands China Cut Oil to North Korea After Missile Launch

The U.S. demanded that China cut off all oil exports to North Korea after the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, warning that Washington will force action if Beijing fails to do so. President Donald Trump called China’s President Xi Jinping “and told him that we have come to the point that China must cut off the oil from North Korea,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. While saying “our hopes are that China will show leadership and follow through,” Haley issued a warning: “China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands.” Pyongyang launched an ICBM early Wednesday North Korea time — its third this year. The Security Council meeting was injected with new ...

Senate Has Votes to Start Republican Tax Bill Debate

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White House director for legislative affairs: Shutdown isn’t likely

Speaking with ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcast, President Donald Trump‘s director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, batted down the prospect of a government shutdown in the wake of a no-show by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at a planned meeting with the president and Republican leaders on Tuesday. Short is confident the White House and Republicans in Congress will make progress on their priorities. “I don’t think there’s going to be a shutdown,” Short told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. LISTEN TO THE ‘POWERHOUSE POLITICS’ PODCAST The debate over the spending bill could dictate the path forward for the tax plan – some Republicans are calling for triggers that would eradicate tax cuts if the deficit is not suffi...