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The two CEO advisory councils to President Donald Trump came to an abrupt end Wednesday as Trump, facing mass defections after his equivocal response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, tweeted that he was ending them.
"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump tweeted, shortly after one of the two panels disbanded and two more executives departed the other.
The defections are a blow for Trump, who based his campaign on creating jobs and spurring the American economy to greater growth, and touted his savvy with the business community.
The parents of the woman who was killed in violent protests in Virginia Saturday urged people at her memorial service Wednesday to honor her life by living it as she would, lovingly and speaking out for justice.
Heather Heyer's mother told an audience in Charlottesville, Virginia, that included the governor to channel their anger over the 32-year-old's death at a white nationalist rally into "righteous action" and to have difficult conversations with those they disagree with.
"They tried to kill my child, to shut her up. Well, guess what, you just magnified her," Susan Bro said.
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Their party in turmoil, the Senate's top Republican and the pary's two living former presidents on Wednesday condemned hate groups like the KKK and white supremacists after last weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
But like other top GOP officials, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Former Republican Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush did not criticize President Donald Trump, who said a day earlier the white supremacists don't bear all the blame for the violence.
"We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head," McConnell said in a statement, noting that white supremacists are planning a rally in his home state of Kentucky.
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With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancee out of the way of a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Marcus Martin was promptly hit and upended by the car as it plowed through the crowd. Flat on his back with a broken leg, he says he experienced several minutes of terror.
"The only thing running through my mind was: please don't let her be dead," Martin, 26, told The Associated Press in an interview. "Please don't let her be dead."
U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crewmembers of an Army helicopter that went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday.
Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10 p.m. Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
Responding teams spotted a debris field about 2 miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, shortly before 11:30 p.m., the release said.
At a press event that was supposed to focus on infrastructure, President Donald Trump answered questions about violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis praised Navy sailors for their service earlier this month and used an obscenity to make his point, NBC News reported.
Speaking at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state, Mattis said the sailors "will have some of the best days of your life and some of the worst days of your life in the U.S. Navy."
He added, “That means you're living. That means you're not some pussy sitting on the sidelines, you know what I mean, kind of sitting there saying, ‘Well, I should have done something with my life.’”
The Pentagon made a transcript of the Aug. 9 speech available earlier this week.
Mattis, a former Marine who went on to serve as the head of U.S. Central Command and picked up the nickname "Mad Dog," said he wished he was “young enough to go back out to sea.”
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Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.
Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath.
The mother of Heather Heyer speaks at her daughter's memorial service: "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her."
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An Ohio elementary school teacher faces charges she let her 15-year-old son sell LSD and allowed teenagers to use it in her home.
Forty-year-old Amy Panzeca, of Springboro, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Warren County to charges including permitting drug abuse and endangering children. She was freed on bond.
Prosecutors say Panzeca's son sold LSD to at least 20 high school students. He faces felony drug charges and is being held in a juvenile detention center.
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Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to President Donald Trump, will be named interim White House communications director until a person is permanently named to the role, two administration officials tell NBC News.
The announcement comes just over two weeks after Anthony Scaramucci was fired from the post after 11 days.
Hicks, currently the White House director of strategic communications, will be Trump's third communications director; Mike Dubke announced his resignation in May.
Hicks has been with Trump since the day the former real estate mogul launched his campaign for president in June 2015. She is considered loyal to the president, one of the qualities that matters most to him.
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The Smithsonian Castle caught fire and has been evacuated, the D.C. fire department says.
A fire broke out on the third floor of the towering historic building on the National Mall, at 1000 Jefferson Drive SW.
The fire was contained by sprinklers, and no one is reported to have been hurt, the fire department said about noon Wednesday.
The castle, also known as the Smithsonian Institution Building, is home to the Smithsonian Institution's administrative offices and information center.
After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack — seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history.
For some baby boomers, North Korea's nuclear advances and President Donald Trump's bellicose response have prompted flashbacks to a time when they were young, and when they prayed each night that they might awaken the next morning. For their children, the North Korean crisis was a taste of what the Cold War was like.
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A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.
In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any Medicaid payments for services rendered to patients from Planned Parenthood. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson ended the state's Medicaid contract with the organization in 2015 over the videos.
The court ruled the patients did not have the right to challenge the defunding decision.
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