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US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal

US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business. He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $ 400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers. Government officials, except those dealing with national security matters, are required to take commercial flights for work related travel. Three other members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet are under scrutiny for using private planes while working. A White House statement said President Trump had accepted Mr Price’s resignation, adding that Don J Wright had ...

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Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article

Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The Rotherham MP wrote in the Sun on Friday that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. She has now apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” and quit as shadow equalities minister. Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would not “demonise any particular group”. Ms Champion’s article was written after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex. ...

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Under Armour CEO quits Trump's manufacturing council

Trump criticizes black CEO by name before mentioning white supremacists Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said Monday night that he’s leaving President Trump’s manufacturing council, the second departure by a high-profile business leader in the space of a day. Plank didn’t give a clear reason for stepping down, but his announcement comes amid fierce criticism over Trump’s response to violence over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council,” Plank ...

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CEOs outraged after Charlottesville, but only Merck quits Trump council

Trump criticizes black CEO by name before mentioning white supremacists President Trump’s initial failure to condemn white supremacy on Saturday was too much for Kenneth Frazier. Early Monday morning, the head of the pharma giant Merck — and one of America’s most prominent black CEOs — abruptly quit Trump’s manufacturing council. Frazier’s message was clear: “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.” Trump quickly responded by bashing Frazier. He tweeted that the Merck CEO “will have more time to LOWER ...

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Merck CEO quits Trump council over Charlottesville

Trump addresses Charlottesville clashes (full) One of America’s most prominent black CEOs quit President Trump’s manufacturing council on Monday over Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists. Kenneth Frazier of Merck said in a statement: “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.” Within minutes, Trump attacked him on Twitter, saying Frazier’s resignation will give him “more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” Frazier did not mention the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in his statement, but he did say that “as a ...

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UKIP MEP quits as whip over anti-Islam candidate

A senior UKIP MEP has resigned as deputy whip in the European Parliament over support within the party for an anti-Islam campaigner. Anne Marie Waters, who founded the Sharia Watch pressure group and has called Islam “evil”, has been allowed to stand in UKIP’s leadership election. Mike Hookem said he was not prepared to “turn a blind eye” to extremism. He resigned after UKIP chief whip Stuart Agnew declared his support for Ms Waters. In a letter to interim UKIP leader Steve Crowther – sent before Ms Waters was passed ...

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Justine Damond shooting: Police chief Janee Harteau quits

Media playback is unsupported on your device A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman. Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis last week. Police chief Janee Harteau had earlier said it “should not have happened”. The city’s mayor accepted her resignation, saying she had lost confidence in Ms Harteau. Ms Damond’s death provoked outrage in her homeland, where Prime ...

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Sean Spicer quits: White House press secretary plays down 'row'

Media playback is unsupported on your device White House press secretary Sean Spicer has moved to minimise talk of divisions within the Trump administration after announcing his resignation. Mr Spicer is reportedly stepping down because he is unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director. But he told Fox News he had “no regrets” about his six-month stint. Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer had partially filled. The shake-up at the White House comes amid several investigations into alleged ...

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Ole Miss' Freeze quits; escort-service calls cited

9:11 PM ET Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigned effectively immediately on Thursday night, with the Rebels’ athletic director telling ESPN that school officials found a pattern that included phone calls to a number associated with a female escort service. Assistant head coach Matt Luke, in his sixth season as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, was named interim head coach. Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, in a Thursday night news conference announcing the move, said Freeze resigned after confirming to he and athletics director Ross Bjork “a pattern ...

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Council leader quits over fire response

Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nick Paget-Brown has resigned following continued criticism of the council’s handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Mr Paget-Brown faced calls to resign from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a number of other senior politicians. It comes a day after an aborted meeting of the council’s cabinet in which leaders had tried to ban members of the public. That decision led to a rebuke from Downing Street on Friday. A Number 10 spokesman said: “The High Court ruled that the meeting should be open and we ...

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