As President Donald Trump steps up efforts to engage North Korea in nuclear disarmament talks, the State Department is in the most turmoil since the president's inauguration, CNBC reported.
The latest upheaval came Tuesday with the sudden firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was dismissed with few details provided by the White House. Trump picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state.
The moves followed Trump's abrupt announcement last week of a yet-to-be-arranged meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in San Francisco has resigned after becoming frustrated by Trump administration statements about a recent sweep targeting illegal immigration.
James Schwab told The Chronicle on Monday that officials, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, repeatedly said roughly 800 immigrants escaped arrest because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff's Feb. 24 warning about the four-day operation.
Cesar Calle was the perfect match for his wife of over 22 years, Monica, in more ways than one.
"It's kind of like winning the lottery," Monica said.
After having their third child, Monica suffered from polycystic kidney disease. Two and a half years ago she started peritoneal dialysis, a method of removing waste from the bloodstream when the kidney cannot.
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For Amber McAuley, life in Salisbury — a picturesque cathedral town best known as the gateway to Stonehenge — has become surreal ever since the town became the scene of a spy drama worthy of John le Carre.
The 20-year-old film student became a bit player in the story when she went to the Mill pub on March 4, only to learn the next day that a former Russian spy and his daughter might have been poisoned there a few hours earlier.
"It all just kind of feels a bit surreal," she said after serving customers at a coffee shop in Salisbury. "It's just so strange, going on your phone and seeing where you live (in the news), when it is such a quaint, quiet city. ... I can't quite believe it."
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Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and from the current Vatican No. 2 — as well as faithful around the globe — seeking to rebut criticism about his reform-minded papacy and encouraging him to push the envelope even further.
First out of the gate was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, whose historic resignation paved the way for Francis' election on March 13, 2013. In a letter released on the eve of Francis' fifth anniversary as pope, Benedict publicly dismissed as "foolish prejudice" those who say Francis has no theological heft and represents a rupture from his own papacy.
Welcoming the release of a new Vatican-curated volume on "The Theology of Pope Francis," Benedict said the books "show Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological training and help to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, with all the differences in style and temperament."
Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that he will veto a bill to license gun dealers in Illinois, despite pressure from Democrats, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to sign the legislation.
Rauner, a first-term Republican, said in an interview with downstate radio station WJPF that he will veto Senate Bill 1657, known as the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, which passed the legislature in late February.
The measure would have required criminal background checks for all gun shop employees, as well as training to help them identify a buyer who may be purchasing a gun for someone else.
A 9-year-old South Carolina boy is being hailed a hero after saving a man being crushed by his car.
Allen Clemmons was working on his Mustang in his backyard on Saturday.
A dreamcatcher handed from school to school suffering after a shooting is making its way from Townville, South Carolina, to Parkland, Florida. It was first left at Columbine High after a massacre at the...
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A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Reports of assaults and rapes among kids on military bases often die on the desks of prosecutors, even when an attacker confesses. Other cases don't make it that far because criminal investigators shelve them, despite requirements they be pursued.
The Pentagon does not know the scope of the problem and does little to track it. AP was able to document nearly 600 sex assault cases on base since 2007 through dozens of interviews and by piecing together records and data from the military's four main branches and school system.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House on Monday after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence.
Less than a day after DeVos was appointed to chair a federal commission on school safety, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed DeVos' role in the process. Asked whether DeVos would be the face of the commission, Sanders said, "I think that the president is going to be the lead on school safety when it comes to this administration."
Sanders also said that the focus is "not one or two interviews, but on actual policy."
President Donald Trump's personal aide is leaving the White House and will rejoin his campaign, but sources told NBC News reported he is under investigation by the Secret Service for serious financial crimes.
Two federal law enforcement officials told NBC News that John McEntee, served as the president's personal assistant, was under investigation. One said his security clearance had been "in limbo for some time."
A source had told CNN that McEntee is under investigation by the Departmet of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes unrelated to the president.
A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a "skinhead lesbian" and the other a "bald-faced liar."
Leslie Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told the Sun Journal it was "not appropriate to single out the Parkland students." But he says he stands firm in his defense of "our constitutional rights." He says he served in the military and took an oath "to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States."
A Democratic organizer in Greene says, "That sort of stupidity really turns people off." Organizer Pat Fogg says she wishes she knew someone who could jump into the race.