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Report: Jared Kushner’s security clearance downgraded

Presidential adviser and son-in-law to the president Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded, according to media reports citing unnamed government sources.

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The downgrade means that Kushner, a senior presidential adviser and the husband of President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will no longer have access to top secret, classified documents, according to CNN.

Kushner was not the only White House staffer affected by the move. In a memo sent last week, access for all staffers with an interim security clearance was also downgraded, according to media reports.

The move follows the resignation last month of former staff secretary Rob Porter amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former ex-wives. During the media storm that followed the Porter allegations, sources revealed that Porter, Kushner and dozens of other White House aides had regular access to top secret U.S. documents without permanent security clearances.

According to Politico, which first reported the story Tuesday, Kushner's clearance has been reduced to secret and his foreign policy responsibilities are expected to be reduced as well.

For months, Kushner has been unable to pass an extensive FBI background check, something that's required for top security clearances.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly moved this month to end the temporary clearances of staffers who have been operating under them since last summer, CNN reported.

Kushner's attorney said in a statement that the change in security clearance would "not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president," Politico reported

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not answer a question about Kushner's security clearance at Tuesday's briefing, but Kelly said last week in a statement that he expected Kushner to continue with his work without any trouble. 

"I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said

Man shot to death while broadcasting on Facebook Live

Police are searching for an armed suspect after a man was shot to death Monday morning in Wingate, North Carolina, while streaming on Facebook Live, authorities said.

>> UPDATE: Facebook Live shooting: Suspect named, still at large in killing caught on video

>> On WSOCTV.com: Photos: Police investigate deadly shooting in Wingate

Officials with Union County Emergency Medical Services said the shooting happened around 10 a.m. in Wingate.

Authorities identified the victim as 55-year-old Prentis Robinson. 

Robinson, an Atlanta musician, was seen on Facebook Live complaining about a family member stealing one of his three cellphones. 

Viewers of his Facebook Live could see him stopping at the Wingate Police Department to report the theft. After he left the Police Department, he walked up a hill toward his home on Booker Street. Robinson exchanged a few words with another man and then there is gunfire.

Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay was at a loss for words, noting that the deadly shooting happened moments after the man left the police station.

"I'd just spoke to him. It was, I just ... it's hard to say anything about that. I just got through talking to him," Gay said.

Robinson was found lying facedown in the street.

WSOC-TV spoke to Charles Baker, who knew Robinson for more than 30 years. He couldn't believe that someone could just shoot and kill Robinson.

"That just unreal for somebody to have that kind of heart to just walk out in the open like that and kill a man. That's just... It's nonsense," Baker said. 

The deadly shooting caused a lockdown at Wingate University, which is less than a mile from the shooting scene. Wingate Elementary School was also placed on lockdown.

No shots were fired on campus but the shooting left students, teachers and staff members on edge. 

Celestia Randolph told WSOC-TV that she and other students huddled in a teacher's office during the lockdown.

Victoria Shoaf saw police in bulletproof gears with rifles outside her dorm window.

"I just prayed ‘cause that's the only thing I could do," she said.

The man seen in the Facebook Live has not been arrested. Wingate University tweeted that police said the suspect is armed with a long gun. Authorities described him as a black man wearing a blue and black windbreaker and brown Timberland boots.

Wingate police said the Union County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations are assisting with the investigation.

University officials set up counselors for students who needed to talk about the lockdown and the fear they experienced when they believed there was an imminent threat. 

Single shot fired at alternative high school in Washington; police investigating

Police in Washington are investigating after a single shot was fired Monday at Oakland Alternative High School in Tacoma.

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Leicester explosion: 5 dead, 5 injured, British police say

At least five people are dead and five others injured following reports Sunday of an explosion and fire in Leicester, British police said.

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Authorities declined to speculate on the cause of the explosion, although police said Sunday that it did not appear to be related to terrorism.

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A court filing unsealed Friday and obtained by Politico showed Gates planned to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the U.S. by hiding millions of dollars worth of payments that he received for work he did on behalf of the government of Ukraine. He also pleaded guilty to lying earlier this month about a March 2013 meeting with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, a senior lobbyist for an unidentified company and an unidentified member of Congress. Gates is expected to be required to cooperate with Mueller in the case against Manafort as part of the plea deal, Politico reported. Gates and Manafort were indicted in October on a dozen charges connected to consulting work they did in Ukraine. In the 31-page indictment, federal prosecutors accused Manafort and Gates of conspiring against the United States, conspiring to launder money and working as unregistered foreign agents. "They were required by law to report to the United States their work and fees," authorities said in the court records unsealed Friday. "Manafort and Gates did not do so. Instead, when the Department of Justice sent inquiries to Manafort and Gates in 2016 about their activities, Manafort and Gates responded with a series of false and misleading statements." Both men pleaded not guilty last year. Manafort has not changed his plea. In a statement obtained by the New York Times, Manafort said he had no plans to change his plea. "I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence," Manafort said. "For reasons yet to surface, he chose to do otherwise. This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue, piled-up charges contained in the indictments against me."

Gates' scheduled guilty plea comes a day after a federal grand jury in Virginia returned an indictment against him and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, accusing them of tax evasion and bank fraud. It comes two days after lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in Mueller's investigation about, among other things, his last contact with Gates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign.

The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Read the indictment: 13 Russians, 3 Russian entities accused of meddling in US elections

The Justice Department on Friday released a 37-page indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian entities of interfering in U.S. elections.

The indictments were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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1 officer killed, 2 deputies wounded while serving warrant in Georgia

A police officer was fatally wounded and two sheriff’s deputies injured Friday after they were shot while serving a warrant in Locust Grove. Authorities said the suspected shooter was shot and killed by an officer.

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1 dead in shooting at veterans nursing home in Georgia

One person is dead after a shooting Friday at a nursing home for veterans in Georgia. 

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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home around 11:20 a.m. Deputies said that, upon arrival, they found a person dead of a gunshot wound.

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