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Trump’s education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes

Betsy DeVosCivil rights groups say they're “deeply concerned" that the extension of civil rights protections to gay and transgender students by President Barack Obama’s Education Department will be dismantled by Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick to lead the department.

They note the DeVos family has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to groups that push “conversion therapy” — raising questions about how, if at all, she would address discrimination against gay and transgender students.



Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90

Fidel Castro diesCuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.

TVNL Comment:  Do your own research.  Look up Fulgencio Batista and learn the role of the US in supporting the worst dictators of Central and South America.  Learn about the repeated attempts to assissinate Castro by the US...and why Castro turned to the Soviets.  Long story.  Worth hearing the truth.



In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall. Then He Sent Residents the Bill.

Trump wall in ScotlandPresident-elect Donald J. Trump has already built a wall — not on the border with Mexico, but on the border of his exclusive golf course in northeastern Scotland, blocking the sea view of local residents who refused to sell their homes.

And then he sent them the bill.

David and Moira Milne had already been threatened with legal action by Mr. Trump’s lawyers, who claimed a corner of their garage belonged to him, when they came home from work one day to find his staff building a fence around their garden.


Jill Stein formally files for Wisconsin recount as fundraising effort passes $5m

Jill SteinJill Stein, the Green party’s candidate in the US presidential election, formally filed a motion for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday as her funding effort for counting the votes again in three states passed $5m.

As more money flooded in for her effort – which aims to fund recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all states where Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton – she admitted she had no hard evidence of fraud but said the systems were vulnerable.


Trump names Donald McGahn as White House counsel

Donald McGahnDonald Trump tapped election lawyer Donald McGahn as White House counsel on Friday.

McGahn will be tasked with managing Trump’s many conflicts of interest and he will also likely help establish a trust to manage the president-elect’s business holdings.

It’s a daunting and high-profile job that comes amid a constant stream of news reports that raise questions about whether Trump can adequately disentangle himself from his business dealings once he takes office.


Trump Said to Name McFarland as Deputy National Security Adviser

kathleen McFarlandU.S. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland as his deputy national security adviser, adding another woman to the top ranks of his administration, according to two people familiar with the transition planning.

McFarland has accepted the position, according to one person familiar with the transition, and will work with retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who Trump named as his national security adviser last week. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement from the transition team.


France arrests 5 in foiled Islamic State attack planned for next week

France attack plab foiledFive suspects were arrested in a foiled terror attack in France directed by the Islamic State and planned for next week, a prosecutor said Friday.

Francois Molins said the men detained last weekend were directed remotely by a militant commander in the Iraq-Syria region.

Molins revealed screengrabs found on the suspects' computers showed a list of potential targets planned for the Dec. 1 attacks.


'San Antonio 4' exonerated by Texas' top court

san Antonio 4 freedTexas' highest court has exonerated the four San Antonio women who were in prison for almost 15 years for being convicted of sexually assaulting four girls.

The "San Antonio 4" -- Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez -- were found innocent Wednesday in a ruling.

The four women, all out lesbians at the time, were convicted in 1998. Ramirez received a 37-year prison sentence, and Mayhugh, Vasquez and Rivera had 15-year sentences. Vasquez was paroled in 2012, and the rest were released in 2013.


Earthquake with preliminary magnitude 6.5 strikes western China

ChinaA strong earthquake shook a remote area of far-western China on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and struck western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It said it was centered near the border with Tajikistan and was quite shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).


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