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NBC News Fires Matt Lauer Over Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News says longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer has been fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show. Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, stating that the company has received a detailed complaint from a colleague Monday night “about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” by Lauer. Lack’s statement said the company found that after a serious review of the complaint it represented “a clear violation” of the company’s standards, and Lauer was terminated as a result. Lack added in his statement...

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Mysterious Slaying Of Detective The Talk Of Baltimore

[ad_1] BALTIMORE (AP) — The murder of a Baltimore homicide detective shot in the head with his own gun two weeks ago has transformed into a feeding frenzy of speculation in a city filled with armchair sleuths and deeply suspicious views of law enforcers. The unsolved Nov. 15 killing of Detective Sean Suiter is the talk of Baltimore, where residents are dissecting details of the case in offices, on street corners and on social media. It’s a homicide investigation, but the version of events offered up by police brass is being increasingly questioned since it came to light that the detective...

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LeBron James Hometown Approves Plan For ‘I Promise’ School

[ad_1] LeBron James‘ hometown of Akron, Ohio has given the okay to build a public school in partnership with his foundation. USA Today reports that the Akron, Ohio school district has partnered with The LeBron James Family Foundation who say the “I Promise” school will be dedicated to helping and educating students at risk of failing. Having longer days, the school is set to have classes in the summer well before other schools in hopes of fostering better information retention. Opening next fall to third and fourth graders and gradually add more grade levels in the future. The “I Promise” programs created by...

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Meghan Markle intends to become UK citizen after marriage to Prince Harry

[ad_1] Kensington Palace said that Windsor, a royal residence west of London, had become "a special place for the two of them."A spokesman said Markle would retain US citizenship through the process of becoming a UK citizen but it was "too early to say" if she would retain dual nationality. The process is expected to take several years.The wedding is likely to fall after another big royal occasion -- Harry's older brother, Prince William, and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their third child in April.News of the couple's engagement was announced on Monday and came after months...

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Tampa Man Arrested In Serial Murders

[ad_1] (Tampa Police Department via AP) TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police arrested a man late Tuesday and said they will charge him with murder in a string of killings that have terrorized a neighborhood of Tampa. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference that Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, would be charged with four counts of first degree murder. Police detained Donaldson earlier Tuesday after a tip that he had a gun at a McDonald’s restaurant. Four people have been killed in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa since Oct. 9. Police have said the shootings were in the same area and...

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Crabtree, Talib Suspensions Reduced To Single Game

[ad_1] Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron) ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after appeal hearings on Tuesday. Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree’s case and James Thrash heard Talib’s appeal, and both decided to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan. The fight during Oakland’s 21-14 win on Sunday was a continuation of a dispute that started last season when Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off during the season finale. Crabtree missed the first game between the teams...

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Alcohol Permit Sought For Paisley Park

[ad_1] (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File) CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Operators of Prince’s former home and recording complex in Minnesota are seeking a special permit so they can serve alcohol during the week of the Super Bowl. Some people are questioning the request, noting the late musician didn’t allow alcohol to be served at public events at Paisley Park. The complex was turned into a museum following Prince’s death last year. The museum’s operators want to host events for between 500 and 1,000 guests when the Super Bowl is held in Minneapolis in February, KMSP-TV reported. Paisley Park is in Chanhassen, just southwest of...

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Conyers Pressured To Resign After New Allegations

[ad_1] (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls for Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign increased on Tuesday after a former staffer said the longest-serving member of the House made unwanted sexual advances that included partially undressing in front of her in a hotel room and inappropriate touching. Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Associated Press Tuesday that the first incident occurred in 1997 during a three-day Congressional Black Caucus event in Washington, which she said she “felt honored” to attend. Maher said while she was in the bedroom of a hotel...

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Aspiring Actress Sues Harvey Weinstein Under Sex Trafficking Laws

[ad_1] (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NEW YORK (AP) — An aspiring actress who met Harvey Weinstein by chance in 2014 detailed in tears Tuesday how she said the media mogul made her stand in front of a mirror in his hotel room in Cannes, France, while he stood behind her, groping her and forcing her to perform a sex act after pretending to be interested in her career. Kadian Noble, 31, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan a day earlier. Her attorney Jeff Herman said he sued under a criminal sex trafficking statute of engaging in commercial sex act overseas because...

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Little Known Black History Fact: Major Twumasi-Ankrah

[ad_1] With the fervor around Royal Family’s recent announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement to one another, the historic moment overshadowed another that occurred over the summer. Major Nana Kofi “T.A.” Twumasi-Ankrah was named as the first Black equerry, a special assistant to Queen Elizabeth, in British History. Major Twumasi-Ankrah was born in 1979 in the African nation of Ghana, but was primarily raised in the United Kingdom. For much of his adult life, Twumasi-Ankrah has served in the British Army with stints at Queen Mary University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst ahead of joining the Blues and...

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