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Prince William: 'Nobody should be bullied for their sexuality'

Prince William offered a message of support for the LGBT community Friday evening at the British LGBT Awards.

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The Duke of Cambridge, who was named "straight ally of the year" for the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, spoke via a video message, according to the BBC. In the brief video, he talks about how he's become passionate about "protecting from bullying, particularly online." He said he's "encountered a number of tragic stories about LGBT young people who have sadly felt unable to cope with the abuse and discrimination they face in their lives."

Prince William concluded: "It is 2017, and nobody should be bullied for their sexuality, or for any other reason."

7 things to know now: Trump on Comey; teacher kills self; Steve Harvey memo

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.What to know now:

1. Going to fire him anyway: In an interview with NBC News, President Donald Trump said he made the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey prior to a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation," Trump said. "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it." Trump also said he wants the investigation into collusion between his campaign and the Russian government to be "absolutely done properly.” Earlier in the interview, Trump had said the investigation was a “made-up story.” 

2. Brown found guilty: Former Florida U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty Thursday of fraud for helping to raise $800,000 for a bogus charity then using the funds for concerts and golf. Brown, 70, was convicted in federal court on 18 counts of participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent education charity, omitting facts required on financial disclosure forms and filing false tax returns, according to the Justice Department. 

3. Becoming saints: An estimated one million people will travel to Fatima, Portugal, this weekend to join Pope Francis for the 100th-anniversary celebration of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children. The pope will canonize two of the children, making them the first children to be named saints in the Catholic Church who were not martyred. The children said Mary visited them once a month for six months and told them to pray for the world and the conversion of Russia. The two children who are being canonized died a year after they said they saw Mary. The third, who became a nun, died at age 97 in 2005.

4. Teacher kills self: A middle school teacher in Colorado killed herself in front of police as they approached her home to confront her over allegations she had a sexual relationship with a student. Gretchen Krohnfeldt, 47, had been accused of having a relationship with the student that started when he was in middle school. He is currently in high school. Krohnfeldt had been placed on administrative leave. 

5. Investigating voter fraud: President Trump announced the creation of a commission to investigate voter fraud. The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. According to the White House, the commission will "review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of federal elections — including improper registrations, improper voting, fraudulent registrations, fraudulent voting and voting suppression.”

And one moreComedian Steve Harvey is acknowledging he sent a memo to his staff asking them not to talk to him when he is getting ready for a show. “Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED. “My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.” Harvey directed his staff to leave him alone when he is in the makeup chair, as well. “I want all the ambushing to stop now,” he wrote. The memo was sent to the staff of his Chicago-based talk show. Harvey told his staff not to "take offense" at the memo, saying the new measures are for the good of his "personal life and enjoyment." 

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Hillary Clinton reportedly had mixed feelings over Comey firing

Hillary Clinton has not publicly commented on James Comey’s firing, but friends of the former secretary of state say she is questioning the timing of President Donald Trump’s decision to dismiss the FBI director.

The New York Times, citing sources who asked to remain anonymous, reported Wednesday that while Clinton continues to blame Comey, at least in part, for her loss to Trump, she believes Comey’s removal “only reinforces the point that he was on to something.”

Clinton has said she would be president except for Russian interference coupled with Comey’s decision to announce a new probe into her use of a private email server only 11 days before the election.

The White House has said that Comey was fired, in part, for his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s email server. 

According to The Times story, Clinton's friends say she does not believe that that is the reason Comey was fired.To read the full story, click here. 

7 things to know now: Comey asked for funds; what Hillary thinks; Flynn subpoenaed

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey wanted resources: Days before he was fired, FBI Director James Comey requested money and staffing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a story from The Associated Press. Comey on Monday briefed some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the request for funds, the New York Times reported. A Justice Department spokeswoman denied Comey had asked for funds from Rosenstein prior to his dismissal. 2. What does Hillary think about it: According to a New York Times story, friends of Hillary Clinton said she had a mixed reaction to the firing of Comey. Clinton blames Comey in part for her loss to Donald Trump, but reportedly told the friends that removing Comey from his post “only reinforces the point that he was on to something.” 3. Senate hearing: The Senate Intelligence Committee will hear from acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday as part of the investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election. Comey was scheduled to testify at the hearing. Comey has been invited by the committee to testify in a closed hearing next Tuesday.4. Subpoena issued for Flynn: On Wednesday evening, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The subpoena came after Flynn refused to turn over documents that were requested in April unless he was granted immunity from prosecution. That request was denied. Flynn has also been issued subpoenas by a federal grand jury. 5. Laptop ban: The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce on Thursday that laptops will be banned on U.S.-bound flights from Europe. The ban is an extension of a ban on laptops on flights to the United States from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa. Travelers may bring laptops with them when they travel to the U.S., but they will have to check the laptops on those flights.And one moreThe wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut on Tuesday. Katherine Ann Berman, 67, apparently rear-ended a vehicle and her car went off the road. The car traveled down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water, according to police. The person driving the other car also died as a result of the accident when his car struck a utility pole and flipped over. In case you missed it<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ewGAmiLuYCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 

Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, jokes about Comey firing

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday joked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey as he arrived at the State Department to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and, later, with President Donald Trump.

Lavrov appeared to mock reporters who asked him about Comey’s firing.  

"Was he fired?" Lavrov said as he pretended to be shocked. "You are kidding, you are kidding," he said, rolling his eyes.

He then turned to leave the room with Tillerson.

Watch the video of the exchange below.

7 things to know now: Comey fired; Trump, Lavrov to meet; Sessions drug policy; Abby Lee Miller

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey fired: President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, the man who was leading an investigation into ties between Trump’s advisers and officials from the Russian government. Comey, who learned that he was dismissed from TV news reports, was taken to task in a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices. The letter referenced Comey’s decision to hold a news conference announcing the findings of the investigation, and his releasing of "derogatory information" about Clinton. 

2. Arms to Kurds: The White House announced on Tuesday that it would send heavy arms to YPG, a Syrian Kurd militia, to aid in its fight against the Islamic State. The news did not sit well with Syria’s neighbor, Turkey. The country’s deputy prime minister, Nurettin Canikli, called the decision "unacceptable."

3. Sessions drug policy: Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to announce a new policy that would toughen the rules on prosecuting drug crimes. The plan would roll back some of President Barack Obama’s efforts to make drug sentencing laws more flexible. 

4. Trump, Lavrov to meet: President Trump plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday morning. Lavrov will first meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then the two will have a private meeting with Trump, according to State Department officials. 

5. NSAID warning: If you know you have a greater risk of suffering a heart attack, researchers say you should avoid common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. A new study of the drugs shows that they increase the risk of heart attacks within the first week of use. Ibuprofen is sold under brand names like Motrin or Advil. Aleve is one of the brand names for naproxen.

And one moreAbby Lee Miller, the dance teacher who starred on the show “Dance Moms,” was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in prison. Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and to bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. Miller was also fined $40,000. 

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7 things to know now: Sally Yates testifies; frat members arrested; new Oreo flavor

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Suspected serial killer arrested: A former city bus driver has been arrested in the deaths of nine people in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Phoenix police said Monday. Aaron Saucedo, dubbed the Serial Street Shooter, is alleged to have stalked victims after dark then gunned them down as they stood outside their homes or sat in cars. Police have not said what motivated Saucedo to kill his victims.

2. Yates testifies: Sally Yates, the former acting U.S. attorney general, told a Senate subcommittee Monday that she warned the White House that national security adviser Michael Flynn had been “compromised” with the Russians, leaving him open to blackmail. In a three-hour hearing, Yates told senators she met with the White House counsel and told him that the story Vice President Mike Pence was telling the public about Flynn’s dealings with the Russian ambassador to the United States was not true. Yates said she wanted to let officials know that Flynn had misled Pence. 

3. Fraternity members charged: Eighteen members of a Penn State University fraternity are facing charges in the death of Timothy Piazza, an 18-year-old freshman who died as a result of a fall down stairs during a hazing ritual. The members of Beta Theta Pi will face charges after they failed to call for help until nearly 12 hours after Piazza was injured.     

4. Man arrested after punch: A man who killed a California father of five outside of a Las Vegas lounge had served time in jail on attempted murder charges. James Michael Beach, 27, was arrested Sunday in the death of Luis Campos, 45. Beach allegedly punched Campos in the face as he stood outside of the Vanguard Lounge. Witnesses say Beach was walking past the lounge, asked what Campos was looking at, and punched him. Campos never regained consciousness. Beach's attorney said Beach didn't mean to kill Campos, and will plead not guilty to the murder charge. 

5. A longer life: A study released Monday shows that where you live in the United States can have a significant effect on how long you live. People in Colorado can live as much as 20 years longer than those who live in the Dakotas and the Mississippi River basin, researchers say. A combination of poor diet, lack of exercise, economic status and ethnicity were reasons researchers gave for the different life expectancies. 

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As if it weren’t enough that the new Oreo flavor showed up in stores on Monday, now Nabisco, the company that makes cookies, has announced they will let consumers have a hand in creating the next flavor. Nabisco is asking devotees of the sandwich cookie to submit their ideas for the next Oreo flavor via the Twitter hashtag #MyOreoCreation for the chance to win $500,000. 

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Sally Yates testifies: Michael Flynn fired 18 days after her warning

Sally Yates, former acting U.S. attorney general, will testify Monday before a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee in a public hearing.

Yates, according to a source who has been briefed on what she is expected to testify about, will tell the committee that she told White House counsel on Jan. 26 about discrepancies in national security adviser Michael Flynn’s statements and what the White House was saying about his activities concerning Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Yates will testify that she warned the administration that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence, telling him and other White House officials that he had not talked with Kislyak about sanctions the Obama administration had placed on Russian officials and citizens.

Flynn was fired 18 days after Yates went to the White HouseYates was fired by the Trump administration on Jan. 31 after she refused to order the Justice Department to defend in court the president’s ban on travel from seven predominately Muslim nations.

The hearing is set to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

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7 things to know now: Sally Yates testifies; Boston doctors murdered; MTV Movie & TV awards

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

1. Yates to testify: On Monday, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates is scheduled to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee and recount what she told the Trump administration about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russian officials. Yates, according to a source who was briefed on what she is expected to testify about, will tell the committee that she told White House counsel on Jan. 26 about discrepancies in Flynn’s statements and what the White House was saying about his activities concerning Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

2. Olympian found dead: A preliminary report from the autopsy of Steven Holcomb showed that the Olympic bobsled champion had fluid in his lungs when he died on Saturday. Holcomb, 37, apparently died in his sleep at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. No foul play is suspected, and preliminary reports were negative for drugs.

3. Texas ‘bans’ sanctuary cities: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an order Sunday night that allows police officers in the state to ask anyone detained about their immigration status. What some are calling the “sanctuary cities ban,” threatens sheriffs with jail time if they don’t cooperate with federal officials when it comes to holding and turning over people who are in the country illegally. According to The Associated Press, every major police chief in Texas opposed the measure.

4. Engaged doctors found dead: Police in Boston say two doctors found dead inside their apartment this weekend likely knew the man who killed them. Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field were found dead Friday night. Police confronted a suspect at the scene after receiving reports of a man with a gun at the condominium site. The man fired at the officers and was struck by return fire, police say. 

5. France’s new president: Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday, the youngest president in the country’s history. Macron, 39, defeated the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron is an investment banker who strongly supports France’s membership in the European Union.

And one more

"Beauty and the Beast" was a big winner at Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards show. Emma Watson, the film’s star, took home best actor honors. The event, which before only celebrated movies, added TV to the mix this year. The Netflix show "Stranger Things" got the nod as the best show on TV.

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Who is Sally Yates and why is she testifying before Congress?

On Monday, former assistant U.S. attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee and recount what she told the Trump administration about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russian officials.

Yates, according to a source who has been briefed on what she is expected to testify about, will tell the committee that she told White House counsel on Jan. 26 about discrepancies in Flynn’s statements and what the White House was saying about his activities concerning Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Critics say Flynn promised the Russian ambassador that the Trump administration would work to ease sanctions levied by President Barack Obama over allegations that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Flynn has denied the charge.

Obama imposed sanctions on nine Russians after they were linked to "significant malicious cyber-enabled activities.” The administration also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country.

So what do we know about Yates and how she has come to testify before the Senate subcommittee? 

  • She was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1960.
  • She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
  • She went to work for the King & Spalding law firm after graduation and worked for the firm for three years. She became an assistant U.S. attorney, after joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta in 1989.
  • Yates was the lead prosecutor in the trial of Eric Rudolph, the man who was convicted of the bombing at the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Olympic Games.
  • In 2010 she was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She was the first woman to be appointed to that position.
  • In 2015, Yates was nominated and later confirmed as deputy attorney general of the United States.
  • Yates, 56, is married and has two children. Comer Yates, her husband, who is also an attorney, is the executive director of Atlanta Speech School, a school for children with hearing and learning disabilities.

How did Yates come to testify before a Senate panel?

On Jan. 20, Attorney General Loretta Lynch resigned from her position and Yates became acting attorney general. Jeff Sessions, at the time President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, had not yet been confirmed by the Senate.

Yates stayed in the position for 10 days until she was fired by the Trump administration after she ordered the Department of Justice not to defend the president’s executive order barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

"At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful,” 

Sally Yates wrote in instructing the DOJ not to defend the order after it was challenged in court in Washington state, "Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so."

The White House said in a statement that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement read.

Michael Flynn warning

Yates is set to testify Monday about a warning she gave the White House counsel about what Gen. Flynn said he was doing when he met with the Russian ambassador, and what Justice Department officials believe actually happened between the two.

Yates met with White House Counsel Don McGahn 18 days before Flynn was fired. She is expected to testify that she issued a forceful warning that the story Flynn was telling was not what had happened between the two when they met in late December. She is expected also to say that she recommended that Flynn be fired.

At that point, Flynn had denied talking to Kislyak about the sanctions President Obama had placed on the Russians.

The hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

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