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US Forest Service Chief Retires Amid Sex Misconduct Claims

Tony Tooke says it's best to 'make way for a new leader' after PBS investigation

(Newser) - After just six months on the job, the head of the US Forest Service is stepping down after a PBS probe revealed not only claims of sexual harassment and assault throughout the agency in general, but also accusations of misconduct against Tony Tooke himself, PBS reports. Tooke's retirement, which... More »

Nashville Mayor Resigns, Owes City $11K Over Affair

Megan Barry will repay the city to cover payments to former bodyguard

(Newser) - It was a scandal she couldn't survive: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry not only resigned on Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to felony theft related to her affair with a former bodyguard. As part of her plea deal, Barry agreed to repay the city $11,000—in part to make up... More »

A GOP Senator's Resignation, a Bitter Battle for His Seat

Mississippi's Thad Cochran cites health issues as reason for his departure

(Newser) - Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he'll resign because of health problems—triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation. Cochran, who turned 80 in December and has been in poor health, has been a sporadic... More »

Mike Huckabee Steps Down From CMA Post After Backlash

His anti-LGBT stance had something to do with country music fans' and industry members' ire

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee hadn't even marked 24 hours in his new position as a board member of the CMA Foundation when he abruptly stepped down Thursday, a result of backlash to his appointment by country music fans and industry members who criticized some of the former presidential candidate's stances... More »

What Hope Hicks' Departure Means

Reactions to the resignation of the latest White House communications director

(Newser) - Hope Hicks is out: She's the fourth White House communications director to resign during President Trump's tenure, and she was also one of the president's closest and most long-standing aides. At the Washington Post , Jennifer Rubin calls the timing of Hicks' departure "curious," given that... More »

Exec's 'Spectacularly Wrong' Remarks Spur Calls to Resign

Female executives pen letter asking for Recording Academy President Neil Portnow to step down

(Newser) - Pink told the president of the Recording Academy to step off earlier this week, and now nearly two dozen female executives in the record industry are telling Neil Portnow to step aside from his position. It all comes out of his remarks after the Grammys on Sunday, when he reacted... More »

CDC Chief Resigns After Tobacco Revelations

Brenda Fitzgerald bought stock in tobacco company after assuming post at health agency

(Newser) - The CDC will be needing a new leader. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned on Wednesday as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after some dicey financial conflicts came to light. The big one: Fitzgerald bought stock in a major tobacco company just a month after assuming her position... More »

75% of National Parks Panel Quits in Protest

They say Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has yet to meet with them

(Newser) - "I wish the National Park System and Service well." It's a goodbye, but not just any goodbye: They're parting words from the chair of the National Park System Advisory Board , who was one of nine members to suddenly resign in protest on Monday. The federally chartered... More »

ESPN President Resigns, Writes of 'Embarrassment'

John Skipper says he will tend to a substance problem

(Newser) - ESPN President John Skipper resigned Monday to tend to what he frames as a long-running but unspecified substance problem. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem,... More »

Robin Roberts Said 'Bye, Felicia' to Omarosa. Now, a 'Civil War'

According to Omarosa, that is

(Newser) - Omarosa was booted from (or left) the White House, Robin Roberts dismissed her with a "bye, Felicia" on Good Morning America, and now Omarosa has declared a "black woman civil war" against the morning show host, Fox News reports. Omarosa had appeared on GMA Thursday to offer her... More »

Omarosa on Exit: I Saw Things That Made Me 'Uncomfortable'

She also says there's 'one person' who has a 'personal vendetta' against her

(Newser) - Details of Omarosa Manigault Newman's exit from the White House are firming up, and it doesn't appear the break was as straightforward as Trump's administration claims. Though the Secret Service has denied reports that agents escorted Omarosa from the building Tuesday, sources tell the Daily Beast she... More »

Omarosa Leaving White House

Reports differ on whether she quit or was fired

(Newser) - Omarosa is out at the White House. The one-time Apprentice star, full name Omarosa Manigault Newman, is once again parting ways with President Trump. The reasons aren't clear, but the AP notes that it means Trump is losing one of his most high-profile supporters in the African-American community. Omarosa... More »

Pa. Teachers: 'Unprecedented' Violence Has Caused Dozens to Resign

They're asking district for help

(Newser) - At least 45 teachers resigned from Pennsylvania's Harrisburg School District between July and October due to misbehavior in classrooms, and more have resigned since then, according to the Harrisburg Education Association. The HEA is asking district administrators to help find a solution; they say the misbehavior is at unprecedented... More »

'The Crocodile' Will Replace World's Oldest Head of State

Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, recently fired VP Emmerson Mnangagwa will take his place

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says he is resigning immediately and voluntarily in order to have a "smooth transfer of power" after 37 years in charge. The news came via a letter that was read out to a cheering, dancing parliament, which had been pursuing impeachment of the 93-year-old... More »

He Was Set to Resign. Then Plans Changed

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe flipped the script; military appears to be leaning toward impeachment

(Newser) - Robert Mugabe, already known as the Energizer Bunny of southern African strongman leaders, stunned Zimbabwe Sunday by failing to deliver a widely expected resignation . Instead, the 93-year-old, speaking after his own ZANU-PF party fired him as leader, promised to preside over a party congress set for next month, Reuters reports.... More »

Head of Consumer Agency Reviled by Republicans Is Leaving

Richard Cordray to resign, giving Trump chance to reshape CFPB

(Newser) - Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday he will leave the position by the end of the month. The resignation of Cordray, who was appointed by then-President Obama, will give President Trump a chance to appoint his own director of the powerful agency established... More »

Lebanon President: Saudis Are Holding Our PM Hostage

It's Michel Aoun's strongest statement since Saad al-Hariri resigned

(Newser) - Lebanon President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family hostage. It's the first time since al-Hariri's sudden resignation earlier this month that Aoun has explicitly accused Saudi Arabia of holding him, Reuters reports. Al-Hariri resigned during a trip... More »

NFL Coach Snorts Powder in Video, Loses $3M Job

Chris Foerster of Miami Dolphins resigns, says he'll get help

(Newser) - A video meant for one person's eyes has just cost one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NFL his job, reports ESPN . Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, resigned Monday morning after video emerged of him snorting a white powder before a team meeting.... More »

Trump Gets Secret Message in Resignation Letter


(Newser) - "IMPEACH." That was the hidden message spelled out by the first letter of every paragraph in Daniel Kammen's resignation letter to President Trump. The Hill reports Kammen resigned as the State Department's science envoy this week over Trump's response to Charlottesville. "Your failure to... More »

Official on Worker Complaints: 'Kill Yourself or Leave'

South Carolina administrator Kevin Bronson resigns after remarks to county EMS workers

(Newser) - A recent meeting of county emergency medical services workers in South Carolina ended in tears—and, on Monday, with the resignation of an official who spoke at that meeting and mentioned suicide as an option if they didn't like the way things were on the job. Per WSOC-TV and... More »

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