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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has mixed record under Trump presidency
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Nearly one year after he took his own oath of office, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defied all the major headlines about him: He’s still here.But his record at the State Department is, at best, mixed, with fierce, vocal critics decrying his “hollowing out” of the esteemed agency and steady supporters praising him for being one of the “adults in the room” across from a president with whom he has major disagreements.If either side makes one thing clear, it’s that Tillerson has a tough job working for a president who has made clear that he...
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Grandparents of shackled children say 'God called on' parents to have so many kids
David Allen Turpin/ Facebook (PERRIS, Calif.) -- The grandparents of 13 children allegedly abused and kept shackled to beds in their Southern California home said the parents had so many kids because "God called on them."ABC News spoke with the parents of David Turpin, who was arrested along with his wife Louise on Monday for holding their 13 children "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department office said in a statement.James and Betty Turpin, David's parents, live in West Virginia and told ABC News they are "surprised and shocked"...
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Jimmy Fallon channels James Taylor in "Fire and Rain" parody called "Fire and Fury"
NBC/Andrew Lipovsky (NEW YORK) -- James Taylor made a surprise appearance on Monday's Tonight Show -- or at least spot-on impersonation of the legendary singer/songwriter. Fallon opened the show with his imitation of Taylor singing "Fire and Fury," a parody of Taylor's classic 1970 hit, "Fire and Rain." In the song, Fallon pokes fun at the fallout between President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist and Breitbart News head Steve Bannon over comments Bannon made in Michael Wolff's controversial new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. "Just yesterday morning, Breitbart announced you were gone. Bannon the...
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Top dignitaries set to convene, with a focus on North Korea
Alex Wong/Getty Images (VANCOUVER) -- Top dignitaries ranging from foreign ministers to ambassadors will convene in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday to discuss the ongoing diplomatic efforts to contain North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.The summit, known as the “Vancouver Group,” is being held as North Korea and South Korea continue historic talks at their border about how North Korea will participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.The Vancouver Group was announced last month, prior to the development of North and South Korea’s Olympic talks. It is being co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and...
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Army vet says VA hospital left scalpel inside his abdomen after 2013 surgery
Faxon Law Group (WEST HAVEN, Conn.) -- An Army veteran from Connecticut is suing the VA in U.S. District Court after a scalpel was found inside him from a surgery four years earlier, the law firm representing the vet said on Monday.Glenford Turner, 61, went to a West Haven hospital on March 29 of last year because he was suffering from dizziness as well as long-term abdominal pain, the Faxon Law Group said in a press release.Doctors attempted to perform an MRI, which uses a strong magnetic field to produce an image from inside the body, on Turner, but it...
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How this 13-year-old skateboarder became the youngest X Games gold medalist in history
ABC News (ENCINITAS, Calif.) -- They say never meet your heroes.At 13 years old, Brighton Zeuner beat them.Just one day after her birthday, Brighton took home gold during the women’s skateboard park event at the 2017 X Games in Minneapolis. She beat out her fellow competitors and became the youngest X Games medalist in the competition’s history.“There’s little kids saying, ‘Oh, I saw you on YouTube.’ It’s kind of crazy for me,” Brighton told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “I don’t know. I’m 13, and it’s kind of weird.”Brighton’s list of firsts is long. When she was 11 years old, she became...
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Family sues Norwegian cruise line after daughter allegedly assaulted by crewmember
Norwegian Cruise Line (MIAMI) -- A family from Iowa is suing Norwegian Cruise Line in a civil case after their 12-year-old daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted by one of the ship’s crewmembers in her cabin. A jury trial in Miami last February found the accused not guilty, according to documents obtained by ABC News.The girl, who was identified as H.P. in civil court documents, was “sexually assaulted, sexually battered and sexually abused” as she napped in her cabin aboard the NCL Escape on Feb. 16, 2017, around 1 p.m., the civil complaint said.The lawsuit alleges that Norwegian was negligent in...
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