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Harvard suspends famed professor Roland Fryer for 2 years over 'unwelcome sexual conduct'

Harvard prof. suspended for 2 yrs over unwelcome sexual conductRoland Fryer Jr., a celebrated Harvard University economics professor, will be suspended two years and see the research lab he oversees shut down permanently in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Harvard on Wednesday announced the unpaid administrative leave and a series of other sanctions – including the closing of the Education Innovation Laboratory or EdLabs, the site of many of the harassment allegations.

A review of formal allegations concluded that Fryer engaged in "unwelcome sexual conduct toward several individuals, resulting in the creation of a hostile work environment over the course of several years," wrote Claudine Gay, dean of the university's Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), to the economics department.

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DC mayor says Trump's Fourth of July celebration emptied security fund

DC emptied security fund for Trump Fourth of JulyDistrict of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser government says that the cost of President Donald Trump's Fourth of July celebration and the cost of addressing recent protests has emptied out a municipal fund used to provide security for public events and defend against terrorist threats.

In a letter to Trump dated July 9, Bowser says the city spent about $1.7 million on Trump's "July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations," as a result, the city's Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF) will likely be empty before the end of the fiscal year.

Bowser asked for the Trump administration's help in covering D.C.'s security costs, citing "declining reserves, increased demand for heightened security, and a one-time draw down of $7.3 million to cover security costs associated with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration."

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USWNT parade: Live updates as Women's World Cup soccer champions celebrate fourth title in New York City

US Soccer champ

US women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe gave a powerful speech during the ceremony at New York City Hall. She said the team is using its platform to "love more, hate less."

Here's what she said:

"This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We've got to listen more and talk less. We've got to know that this is everybody's responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn't want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn't agree — it's our responsibility to make this world a better place.

I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders. And understanding the position that we have and the platform that we have within this world. Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer. Yes, we're female athletes, but we're so much more than that," she said.

Michael Flynn won't testify against former business partner, will be designated co-conspirator

Michael Flynn refuses to testify against former business partner

President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not be called by the government to testify at the upcoming trial of his former business partner Bijan Kian and is being listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, according to a court order issued Tuesday.

The order from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia cites a July 3 notice filed under seal by the government “stating that the government will not be calling Michael T. Flynn as a witness in its case-in-chief.”

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White House blocks ex-McGahn aide from answering more than 200 questions

WH blocks ex-McGahn aide from answering more than 200 questions

The White House has blocked a third witness who provided crucial testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller from describing the chaos she witnessed in the West Wing as President Donald Trump sought to assert control over the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The White House has directed that I not respond to this question because of the constitutionally-based executive branch confidentiality interests that are implicated,” former top White House aide Annie Donaldson repeated more than 200 times in written responses to the House Judiciary Committee, according to a transcript released Monday.

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Federal appeals court rules Trump can't block people on Twitter

Trump can't block people on twitterOn Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump can't block people on Twitter, citing "unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination."

The judges in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in the case, Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump, upholding a previous district court judge's ruling.

Judge Barrington D. Parker, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in affirmation of the district court's ruling.

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Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89

Ross Perot dies at 89

Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia.

He was 89.

The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.

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Deutsche Bank starts cutting London jobs with 18,000 at risk worldwide

Deitsche Bank starts cutting jobs

Deutsche Bank started slashing thousands of jobs in the City of London and in New York only hours after announcing a drastic plan to reduce its global workforce by 18,000.

Germany’s biggest lender employs almost 8,000 people in the UK, with 7,000 in London, which is one of the main hubs for its global investment bank, where the bulk of the job losses will be focused. The jobs being cut make up about a fifth of Deutsche’s global workforce of 91,500.

Some staff in London were reported to be in tears after hearing that their jobs had gone. Workers started leaving the bank’s building in the City at around 10am carrying bags of belongings. Some said they were told their passes would stop working at 11am.

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Hungry, Scared and Sick: Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.

Border patrol, Clint texasSince the Border Patrol opened its station in Clint, Tex., in 2013, it was a fixture in this West Texas farm town. Separated from the surrounding cotton fields and cattle pastures by a razor-wire fence, the station stood on the town’s main road, near a feed store, the Good News Apostolic Church and La Indita Tortillería. Most people around Clint had little idea of what went on inside. Agents came and went in pickup trucks; buses pulled into the gates with the occasional load of children apprehended at the border, four miles south.

But inside the secretive site that is now on the front lines of the southwest border crisis, the men and women who work there were grappling with the stuff of nightmares.

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