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'They are scared': teachers grapple with fear and bullying after Trump victory

US teachers are scared after election of TrumpAs students filed into Spanish class at a high school outside Seattle on Tuesday, their teacher, Antonio, stood at the door greeting them.  One girl – “one of my LGBTQ kids”, Antonio called her – seemed unhappy.

He assured her they would talk about it in class. But just two minutes later, with students still arriving, Antonio turned around to find another classmate consoling the girl, who had “exploded in tears”. She missed class and went to the school counsellor. 

“She has a transgender boyfriend and they are scared,” said Antonio, who asked for his full name not to be published.  Her fear? Donald Trump.

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Senior U.S. officials recommend removal of NSA director: sources

Admiral Michael RogersThe heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, first reported by The Washington Post, was delivered to the White House last month.

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Sharon Jones, Soul and Funk Singer With Dap-Kings, Dead at 60

sharon JonesSharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer," the singer's rep wrote in a statement. "She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings."

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New York debt collection company co-owner pleads guilty in $31M scheme

NY debt collection schemeThe co-owner of Buffalo, N.Y.-based 4 Star Resolution debt-collection firm and 13 other company employees pleaded guilty to the largest debt collection scheme ever prosecuted, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.

Maurice Sessum, 40, the co-owner, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the company, along with company managers Jimmy Stokes, 39, and Tacoby Thomas, 34, pleaded guilty to their roles in the $31 million scheme that convinced thousands of consumers they would be arrested, among other things, because of outstanding debt. All 14 people who have been charged for their participation in the fraud have pleaded guilty, officials said.

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Ex-Valeant executive, ex-pharmacy CEO charged for fraud scheme

US attorney cahrges pharmacy CEo with fraudU.S. prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against a former Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) executive and a former CEO of mail order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services, alleging they engaged in a multimillion-dollar fraud and kickback scheme.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan accused Gary Tanner, a former senior Valeant director, of secretly agreeing with former Philidor CEO Andrew Davenport to pay $100 million for the right to buy the specialty pharmacy, which is now defunct.

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James Clapper, the US intelligence chief, resigns

James ClapperUS Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has submitted his letter of resignation, he has told a congressional panel.

He told the House Intelligence Committee that "it felt pretty good".

The 75-year-old top American spy had been expected to step aside, as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to appoint his own officials.  Analysts believe that he is sending a signal to the Trump administration that they must now speed up the transition.

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Police officer charged in fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Castille shootingIn a move some are calling historic, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi filed charges Wednesday against a St. Anthony police officer in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, whose death was broadcast live on Facebook.

Choi said he concluded that the "use of deadly force by Officer [Jeronimo] Yanez was not justified." Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm for shooting seven times into Castile's vehicle during a traffic stop.

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