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Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said he plans to step down by the end of the month. "I am confident that you will continue to move forward, nurture this institution we have built together, and maintain its essential value to the American public," Cordray said in an email to agency staff. Since 2013, Cordray had led the agency, which regulates banks and other financial institutions. It has issued fines totaling in the billions of dollars. Cordray and the agency have been frequently criticized by GOP lawmakers, who argued that it overregulates the industry and hurts consumers. According to the Washington Post, Cordray’s resignation gives President Trump the "opportunity to reshape an agency that oversees a significant portion of the financial industry." - WAPO

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on Myanmar's leaders to investigate "credible reports" of atrocities committed by the country's military against Rohingya Muslims. Tillerson urged Myanmar's top leader and its military commander to investigate and end violence that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee the Buddhist-majority country into Bangladesh. In a joint news conference Wednesday with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Tillerson said “We’re deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces during the recent violence in Rakhine State." Tillerson said an investigation must be "evidence-based. "Targeted sanctions on individuals" could be necessary if "credible information" shows the individuals committed inappropriate acts, he added. - NYT

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Papa John's has apologized for CEO John Schattner's comments, in which he attributed the company's poor sales to the NFL's handling of protests during the national anthem. During an earnings call on Nov. 1, Schattner said "the NFL has hurt us" and the protests of players kneeling "should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago." The company apologized in a series of tweets Tuesday night. Schattner's statements "were describing factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive," the company said. "We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both." The company added that it is "open to ideas" from everyone "except neo-nazis." Papa John's stock is down nearly 13 percent since the earnings call. - AP

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected methane, an unusual finding, in Saturn's rings and atmosphere as it fell toward the planet and disintegrated. Scientists believed a spectrometer on the aircraft would detect only water from Saturn's rings raining onto the planet's surface. But new data transmitted from Cassini during its final moments "show hints of ingredients more complex than just water, which makes up the bulk of the rings' composition," NASA said. "In particular, the instrument detected methane, a volatile molecule that scientists would not expect to be abundant in the rings or found so high in Saturn's atmosphere." Cassini studied Saturn, its rings and moons for 13 years before scientists deliberately directed it to fall toward the planet's surface in September. NASA will continue to analyze the data from these final moments. - USNEWS

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A British man was found guilty of purposely infecting other men with HIV. A jury found Daryll Rowe, 27, guilty on five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, and an additional five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm. Prosecutors argued that Rowe, a hairdresser, deliberately went on a campaign to infect other men during a four-month period starting in October 2015. Reports said he infected five men and repeatedly sabotaged condoms in an attempt to infect others. Rowe also taunted his victims in text messages such as "I have HIV LOL. Oops!" and "I'm riddled." Rowe will be sentenced on January 29. "The absolute deliberate infection of other men by a man, is not something I've ever come across in 25 years as a prosecutor and I don't expect to ever come across a case like it again," said Nigel Pilkington, a deputy chief crown prosecutor in the case. - BBC

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Fox has released a teaser trailer for "Deadpool 2." The video, titled "Gettin' Wet on Wet with Deadpool 2," features the character dressed as painter Bob Ross from the PBS instructional show “The Joy of Painting." "Hello there, welcome back," he says. "I'm glad you could join me today." The video later cuts to about 10 seconds of footage from the film. It is the second promo that Fox has released for the sequel, which is due out in theaters on June 1. - USAT

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President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to Sutherland Springs, Texas, nine days after a gunman killed 26 people at a local church there. "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived," Trump tweeted late Tuesday. The tweet was deleted by Wednesday morning and no longer appears on Trump's timeline. It was similar to a tweet that Trump sent out Nov. 5, the day of the Texas shooting, which read "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan." News reports surmised that Trump may have meant to express condolences to the victims of a mass shooting that occurred on Tuesday in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California. The gunman, Kevin Janson Neal, killed his wife and hid her body before going on a rampage and killing four more people in the community of 1,500. Police later shot and killed Neal. - TIME

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Actor Terry Crews has identified the man he says sexually assaulted him as Adam Venit, an executive with the William Morris Endeavor talent agency. During an interview on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Crews shared more details of the 2016 incident that occurred at a party he attended with his wife. Venit "comes over to me. I stick my hand out and he literally takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals," Crews said. "I jump back like, 'Hey, hey.' And he's still licking his tongue out and all this stuff and I go, 'Dude, what are you doing?" Crews said he pushed Venit and later told actor Adam Sandler, one of Venit's clients, about the incident. "I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified," Crews said. The actor has said he plans to file a civil lawsuit and criminal charges in the matter. William Morris Endeavor has since suspended Venit. - ABC

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UCLA has suspended three basketball players who were detained and later released in China for shoplifting. "These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment and now they have to live with that,” UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford said. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill apologized for the incident during a press conference on Wednesday. “I want to start off by saying how ashamed and embarrassed I am,” Riley said. He thanked President Trump for speaking to China's president on their behalf, and also thanked Chinese authorities, who withdrew charges against the three. Each player has admitted guilt, paid bail and surrendered their passports, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. Chinese police accused the players of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. They were released on bail last week but stayed at a hotel before returning to the U.S. on Tuesday. - LATIMES

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Ohio called off an inmate's execution Wednesday after officials failed to find a suitable vein to carry out the lethal injection. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who agreed to the temporary reprieve, will set a new date to execute Alva Campbell Jr., 69, who is on death row for murder. Witnesses at the execution said medical officials attempted to inject Campbell once in his right leg and twice in each arm. Campbell cried at one point. Campbell, who suffers from multiple health issues, had argued through an attorney that he is too ill for a lethal injection. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, it is the second time that officials have abandoned an execution attempt in the U.S., and the fifth such attempt mishandled in Ohio. - REUTERS

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