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Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six US national monuments

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

The recommended changes include reductions already ordered by Trump to Utah’s sprawling Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante monuments, which have kicked off legal challenges by tribes and environmental groups.

The four other monuments are Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and California, Gold Butte in Nevada, and the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll marine national monuments, according to the document.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Jonathan Oatis)

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Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic

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A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.

According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.

Videos were posted by Felecia Soso showing the man telling the women "glassware is not allowed at the pool."

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Paul Watkins worked for a hate group – and now he’s in charge of Consumer Protection

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How did someone with ties to anti-LGBTQ causes end up leading President Donald Trump’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Ahead of Tuesday’s congressional hearing on fintech regulation, consumer watchdog group Allied Progress released a new report on how Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation, has hidden his past work for an anti-LGBT hate group.

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‘Squish brained’: Trump brutally mocked for claiming Medal of Honor recipient killed insurgent ‘wearing a wardrobe’

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In a bizarre moment of awarding the Medal of Honor to an Iraq War veteran, President Donald Trump pivoted from his remarks to say that the soldier was attacked by someone "wearing a wardrobe." Typically when Trump fumbles his remarks, he restates them. In this case, he said the correct phrase and then changed it to something strange.

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