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Betsy DeVos moves to restrict college sexual assault investigations to on-campus incidents

Betsy DevosThe Department of Education on Friday announced new proposed rules that would place limits on college investigations into sexual harassment and assault allegations made by students.

The new plan would only allow universities to investigate claims that occurred on campus or other property owned by the school, not off-campus locations. It would also require the accuser to report the incident to a specific officials within the university.

"We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it while ensuring a fair grievance process," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in a statement issued Friday. "Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are the very essence of how Americans understand justice to function.”

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Facebook, Sandberg under fire following damning New York Times report

NYT exposes deals by ZuckerbergFacebook has spent the last two years trying to control the fallout in Washington from its response to Russian election interference and consumer privacy violations. Now, those very damage control efforts threaten to ignite new controversy for the company, with one of its most visible executives, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, firmly at the center.

A New York Times exposé out Wednesday outlines an aggressive push by Facebook to discredit its critics, smear its rivals and muster its supporters, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — all in an effort to defend its own reputation against a torrent of scrutiny from Capitol Hill.

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Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, dies at 85

Roy Clark dies at 85

According to his publicist, Country Music Hall of Fame member and versatile entertainer Roy Clark died Thursday at his Tulsa, Oklahoma home due to complications from pneumonia. He was 85 years old.

A fleet-fingered instrumentalist best known for his 24 years as a "Hee Haw" co-host, the affable Clark was one of country music's most beloved ambassadors.

He brought heart and humor to audiences around the world, guest-hosted "The Tonight Show," worked with greats like Hank Williams and blues artist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and inspired countless pickers, including a young Brad Paisley, with his instructional guitar books.

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Smoke from California fires shuts down schools; death toll reaches 59

Smoke from California fires closing schools

The fire, north of San Francisco, has so far killed at 56 people and has burned more 140,000 acres and 8,700 homes, Cal Fire said Thursday. It's 40 percent contained.

Health officials have warned people in the Los Angeles Basin, the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area to avoid exercising outside and wear protective masks, particularly if they have asthma or other breathing problems.

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Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

Migrants arrive at borderMigrants in a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana by the hundreds Wednesday, getting their first glimpse of the robust U.S. military presence that awaits them after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the border.

Several hundred people from the caravan got off buses and made their way to a shelter on the Mexican side near the border to line up for food. Doctors checked those fighting colds and other ailments while several dozen migrants, mostly single men, spent the night at a Tijuana beach that is cut by a towering border wall of metal bars. Several Border Patrol agents in San Diego watched them through the barrier separating the U.S. and Mexico.

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Michael Avenatti Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Violence in Los Angeles

Michael Avenatti arrested on charge of domestic vilenceMichael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to fame representing the pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford and positioned himself as a crusading critic of President Trump and fierce advocate of women’s rights, was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of domestic violence, a spokesman for the city’s Police Department said.

The spokesman for the Los Angeles police, Josh Rubenstein, said Mr. Avenatti’s arrest had “stemmed from an incident on the Westside” of the city. Another department spokesman later specified that the episode had happened sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning in the tony neighborhood of Century City, noting that a police report was subsequently taken.

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CNN and Jim Acosta Sue Trump Over White House Access

CNN sues Trump over AcostaCNN and Jim Acosta have filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several members of his staff, seeking a reinstatement of Acosta’s White House press pass that was revoked last week.

Acosta was denied entry to the White House after he refused to relinquish a microphone during a press conference with Trump that same day. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated with the ban.

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