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President Donald Trump plans to debut a new office Monday to streamline and overhaul the federal government, and he intends to name his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as its head, the White House told NBC News Sunday night.
"All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays," Trump said in a statement.
"I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my 'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government," he said.
Plans for the office, to be named the White House Office of American Innovation, were first reported Sunday by the Washington Post.
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A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. However, Dodson's sentence for mistreating Caitlyn won't extend his prison time.
The 43-year-old North Charleston man was sentenced a day earlier in federal court to 15 years on a gun charge stemming from a traffic stop months before Caitlyn was found in spring 2015. Under a plea agreement, the two sentences will run simultaneously.
"I wish I could give you more," Judge Markley Dennis told Dodson in court Friday.
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Al Roker is on his next record-setting weather-related binge.
The "Today" show weatherman went for two Guinness world records Monday as part of Rokerthon 3, which sees him visiting five college campuses in five days in honor of March Madness.
At the University of Oklahoma, Roker started of with a try. at the largest human image of a cloud and a lightning bolt, and that was just his first record attempt.
His goal with the week-long Rokerthon 3 — which follows a 34-hour-straight weather forecast and a 50-state meteorology jaunt — is to help each student body hit the record books, the "Today" show reports.
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In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities on Sunday, people took to the streets to speak out against corruption and President Vladimir Putin in one of the largest protests in years. The actions were spurred by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in Moscow and will face 15 days in jail for resisting police.
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NFL owners on Monday gave the Oakland Raiders the green light to move from their current home in the East Bay to Las Vegas.
The relocation move was approved by 31 of the league's 32 owners during meetings in Phoenix.
"My father used to say that 'the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,' and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is one opportunity that will give us the ability to achieve that greatness," Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, said.
Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 221-pound gold coin worth millions.
Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived.
A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks.
The 1.18-inch thick coin, with a diameter of 20.9 inches, has a face value of $1 million. By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.
A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.
Dr. Tom Amberry died in Long Beach on March 18, said his granddaughter, Roxanne Amberry.
The retired podiatrist earned a spot in Guinness World Records and brief celebrity in 1993 after he lobbed in shot after shot for 12 hours.
Amberry later said he could have shot many more free throws, but a janitor interrupted him because it was time turn off the lights and close the small rec center gym in Orange County.
When the National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965, organizers had different models to choose from.
They could have looked to the French Ministry of Culture, a cabinet-level institution committed to maintaining France's cultural heritage. Or they could have copied the generous and government-directed support favored by some Scandinavian countries, or even the state-controlled art of their Cold War rivals: the Soviet Union and China.
But the NEA, which the Trump administration wants to eliminate along with Legal Services Corp., the Institute of Museum and Library Services and dozens of other agencies and programs, developed in uniquely American fashion: diverse and independent, with a significant part of the budget distributed to state and local organizations. It also collaborates with nonprofit and private donors.
Millennials tend to have head-scratching job titles that just don't make sense to their parents, NBC News reported.
To be an "influencer" or "app developer" is a relatively new trend that might lead some to believe their millennial friend or family member doesn't have a real job.
Take, for example, the up-and-coming position of social media manager. A social media manager is involved with managing and growing a brand's social media presence. Responsibilities usually include creating content, managing partnerships, strategizing ad campaigns and interacting with customers.
NBC News rounded up four other "millennial jobs" that it turns out are actually pretty important.
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson testified Monday about partying and visiting strip clubs with former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez back in 2013.
Thompson, 28, played with Hernandez at the University of Florida and said the two were like brothers. Hernandez is on trial for killing two men in Boston in 2012.
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Federal immigration agents rounded up about 26 undocumented parolees as they showed up in Fort Worth Sunday morning to perform community service.
"I turn back around again and I saw the big coach bus and I said 'dude that's ICE,'" said Hector Rivera, one of the parolees on the bus.
It is believed to be one of the largest such sweeps in North Texas in recent memory and perhaps the first of undocumented immigrants who reported for court-ordered community service, like picking up trash along highways.
Those arrested were convicted of high-level misdemeanors or low-level felonies like drunk driving, theft and assault, and were released from jail by mistake, said Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn.
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British police say that two people remain in custody following last week's attack in London as messaging services face criticism for encrypted networks that allow attackers to communicate in secret.
Attacker Khalid Masood is believed to have used the messaging service WhatsApp before running down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and storming a gate outside Parliament armed with two knives. Four died in the rampage, including a police officer.
U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump's promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found.
The economy will grow a solid 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018, according to 50 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics. Those rates would be up from 2016's anemic pace of 1.6 percent.
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As Cincinnati police delved further into their investigation of a nightclub shooting melee that left one person dead and 16 injured, city officials Monday urged more witnesses to come forward and offered reassurances amid questions about safety in public gathering spots.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac declined to say whether police have identified possible suspects in the Sunday gun violence inside the Cameo club, a popular hip-hop music spot near the Ohio river east of downtown Cincinnati. But Isaac said police weren't actively looking for anyone as yet.
"We're gathering information ... we're making some progress," Isaac said after giving city council members an update on the investigation.
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Eight Japanese high school students were feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday while being trained in mountain climbing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.
The avalanche occurred in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Tokyo. Forty other people were injured, including two who were in serious condition, the prefecture said.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said eight people were found with no vital signs, though they had not been formally confirmed dead by medical personnel.