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Man jailed for trying to climb Mount Everest without permit

Climbing Mount Everest can be costly in terms of human life, with 288 fatalities recorded since 1922. But the world’s tallest peak can be costly in a financial sense, too, as a South African man learned this week.

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South African filmmaker Ryan Sean Davy was caught earlier this month climbing Mount Everest without an $11,000 permit. He was arrested this week in Kathmandu, Nepal, USA Today reported. The 43-year-old had his passport confiscated and was told to report to Kathmandu after a tourism official discovered him climbing alone near the Everest Base Camp without a permit, which is required for all foreign climbers, the New York Times reported.

Davy could be fined up to $22,000, the Times reported.

In a Facebook post on May 8, Davy wrote that when he arrived at the base camp he realized that he could not afford a solo permit.

"I was ashamed that I couldn't afford the permit after all the help, preparation and what everybody had done for me during my training, it would have been a total embarrassment to turn around and accept defeat because of a piece of paper," Davy wrote. "So I took a chance and spent the little money I had on more gear to climb and practice on the surrounding peaks for acclimatizing in preparing for a stealth entry onto Everest." 

Davy said he climbed 24,000 feet alone before government officials spotted him.

"Expedition companies have no time for wannabe Everesters with no money so someone turned me in," he said. "I was harassed at base camp to a point that I honestly thought I was going to get stoned to death right there." 

Davy traveled mostly on foot from the mountain's base camp to Kathmandu to turn himself in, the BBC reported. 

"He is in good [health] although worried about his finances and the scale of the punishment he will receive," Davy's friend, Mohan Gyawali, told the BBC.

Princess to give up royal status to marry commoner

A Japanese princess is deciding love over royalty. 

Princess Mako, who is the oldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will marry her former college classmate and in doing so, will become a commoner after the ceremony.

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The princess’ now-fiance, Kei Komuro, was sighted as he left the law office where he works, but would not speak to reporters other than to say, “Now is not the time for me to comment, but I want to speak at the right time.”

Currently there are four people in line for the throne: Akihito’s two sons who are in their 50s, his brother who is in his 80s and his 10-year-old grandson, The Telegraph reported.

Mako graduated from International Christian university and went on to get a masters degree from the University of Leicester. She has been working as a museum researcher.

No wedding date has been set, but the official announcement of an impending marriage has a ritual behind it. 

First a public announcement will be made, then a date will be set, and finally the couple will make a formal report to the emperor and empress, The Telegraph reported.

Trump responds to reports that he revealed classified info to Russia

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to respond to reports that he revealed classified information during a recent meeting with Russian officials.

>> WaPost: Trump revealed classified information to Russia during recent meeting

"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety," Trump wrote. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

Poll: Most Americans want special prosecutor for Russia investigation

A majority of Americans think a special prosecutor would be best suited to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections to the campaign of President Donald Trump, according to a poll released Sunday.

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The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted in the days after Trump’s abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey, surveyed 800 men and women between May 11 and May 13. Of those interviewed, 40 percent identified themselves as voters who cast ballots for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last year while 37 percent said they voted for Trump.

An overwhelming majority of the people polled – 78 percent – said they wanted to see a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian meddling in November’s election.

>> Related: What is a special prosecutor; who appoints one; what do they do?

Federal officials have said there is evidence that Russia influenced the presidential election in support of Trump, although it remains unclear whether the president or his staff worked with foreign agents to win the election. Authorities have said there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

The FBI and several other groups and congressional committees have confirmed that they are investigating the situation. Trump said last week in an interview with NBC News that the investigation was on his mind when he decided to fire Comey on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to call for a special prosecutor.

In the NBC News/WSJ poll, 15 percent of respondents said Congress would be best positioned to investigate Russian interference. Three percent said neither Congress nor a special prosecutor would serve best, while 4 percent said they were not sure.

>> Related: Who will be the next FBI director? Here’s a list of candidates

The responses echo those given to researchers last month in a related poll cited by researchers in the poll released Sunday. In April, 73 percent of respondents said an independent, nonpartisan commission should lead the Russia probe. Sixteen percent of those surveyed preferred Congress to head the investigation.

Prince William: 'Nobody should be bullied for their sexuality'

Prince William offered a message of support for the LGBT community Friday evening at the British LGBT Awards.

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The Duke of Cambridge, who was named "straight ally of the year" for the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, spoke via a video message, according to the BBC. In the brief video, he talks about how he's become passionate about "protecting from bullying, particularly online." He said he's "encountered a number of tragic stories about LGBT young people who have sadly felt unable to cope with the abuse and discrimination they face in their lives."

Prince William concluded: "It is 2017, and nobody should be bullied for their sexuality, or for any other reason."

7 things to know now: Trump on Comey; teacher kills self; Steve Harvey memo

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.What to know now:

1. Going to fire him anyway: In an interview with NBC News, President Donald Trump said he made the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey prior to a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation," Trump said. "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it." Trump also said he wants the investigation into collusion between his campaign and the Russian government to be "absolutely done properly.” Earlier in the interview, Trump had said the investigation was a “made-up story.” 

2. Brown found guilty: Former Florida U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty Thursday of fraud for helping to raise $800,000 for a bogus charity then using the funds for concerts and golf. Brown, 70, was convicted in federal court on 18 counts of participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent education charity, omitting facts required on financial disclosure forms and filing false tax returns, according to the Justice Department. 

3. Becoming saints: An estimated one million people will travel to Fatima, Portugal, this weekend to join Pope Francis for the 100th-anniversary celebration of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children. The pope will canonize two of the children, making them the first children to be named saints in the Catholic Church who were not martyred. The children said Mary visited them once a month for six months and told them to pray for the world and the conversion of Russia. The two children who are being canonized died a year after they said they saw Mary. The third, who became a nun, died at age 97 in 2005.

4. Teacher kills self: A middle school teacher in Colorado killed herself in front of police as they approached her home to confront her over allegations she had a sexual relationship with a student. Gretchen Krohnfeldt, 47, had been accused of having a relationship with the student that started when he was in middle school. He is currently in high school. Krohnfeldt had been placed on administrative leave. 

5. Investigating voter fraud: President Trump announced the creation of a commission to investigate voter fraud. The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. According to the White House, the commission will "review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of federal elections — including improper registrations, improper voting, fraudulent registrations, fraudulent voting and voting suppression.”

And one moreComedian Steve Harvey is acknowledging he sent a memo to his staff asking them not to talk to him when he is getting ready for a show. “Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED. “My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.” Harvey directed his staff to leave him alone when he is in the makeup chair, as well. “I want all the ambushing to stop now,” he wrote. The memo was sent to the staff of his Chicago-based talk show. Harvey told his staff not to "take offense" at the memo, saying the new measures are for the good of his "personal life and enjoyment." 

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Hillary Clinton reportedly had mixed feelings over Comey firing

Hillary Clinton has not publicly commented on James Comey’s firing, but friends of the former secretary of state say she is questioning the timing of President Donald Trump’s decision to dismiss the FBI director.

The New York Times, citing sources who asked to remain anonymous, reported Wednesday that while Clinton continues to blame Comey, at least in part, for her loss to Trump, she believes Comey’s removal “only reinforces the point that he was on to something.”

Clinton has said she would be president except for Russian interference coupled with Comey’s decision to announce a new probe into her use of a private email server only 11 days before the election.

The White House has said that Comey was fired, in part, for his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s email server. 

According to The Times story, Clinton's friends say she does not believe that that is the reason Comey was fired.To read the full story, click here. 

7 things to know now: Comey asked for funds; what Hillary thinks; Flynn subpoenaed

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey wanted resources: Days before he was fired, FBI Director James Comey requested money and staffing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a story from The Associated Press. Comey on Monday briefed some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the request for funds, the New York Times reported. A Justice Department spokeswoman denied Comey had asked for funds from Rosenstein prior to his dismissal. 2. What does Hillary think about it: According to a New York Times story, friends of Hillary Clinton said she had a mixed reaction to the firing of Comey. Clinton blames Comey in part for her loss to Donald Trump, but reportedly told the friends that removing Comey from his post “only reinforces the point that he was on to something.” 3. Senate hearing: The Senate Intelligence Committee will hear from acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday as part of the investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election. Comey was scheduled to testify at the hearing. Comey has been invited by the committee to testify in a closed hearing next Tuesday.4. Subpoena issued for Flynn: On Wednesday evening, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The subpoena came after Flynn refused to turn over documents that were requested in April unless he was granted immunity from prosecution. That request was denied. Flynn has also been issued subpoenas by a federal grand jury. 5. Laptop ban: The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce on Thursday that laptops will be banned on U.S.-bound flights from Europe. The ban is an extension of a ban on laptops on flights to the United States from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa. Travelers may bring laptops with them when they travel to the U.S., but they will have to check the laptops on those flights.And one moreThe wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut on Tuesday. Katherine Ann Berman, 67, apparently rear-ended a vehicle and her car went off the road. The car traveled down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water, according to police. The person driving the other car also died as a result of the accident when his car struck a utility pole and flipped over. In case you missed it<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ewGAmiLuYCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 

Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, jokes about Comey firing

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday joked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey as he arrived at the State Department to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and, later, with President Donald Trump.

Lavrov appeared to mock reporters who asked him about Comey’s firing.  

"Was he fired?" Lavrov said as he pretended to be shocked. "You are kidding, you are kidding," he said, rolling his eyes.

He then turned to leave the room with Tillerson.

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7 things to know now: Comey fired; Trump, Lavrov to meet; Sessions drug policy; Abby Lee Miller

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey fired: President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, the man who was leading an investigation into ties between Trump’s advisers and officials from the Russian government. Comey, who learned that he was dismissed from TV news reports, was taken to task in a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices. The letter referenced Comey’s decision to hold a news conference announcing the findings of the investigation, and his releasing of "derogatory information" about Clinton. 

2. Arms to Kurds: The White House announced on Tuesday that it would send heavy arms to YPG, a Syrian Kurd militia, to aid in its fight against the Islamic State. The news did not sit well with Syria’s neighbor, Turkey. The country’s deputy prime minister, Nurettin Canikli, called the decision "unacceptable."

3. Sessions drug policy: Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to announce a new policy that would toughen the rules on prosecuting drug crimes. The plan would roll back some of President Barack Obama’s efforts to make drug sentencing laws more flexible. 

4. Trump, Lavrov to meet: President Trump plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday morning. Lavrov will first meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then the two will have a private meeting with Trump, according to State Department officials. 

5. NSAID warning: If you know you have a greater risk of suffering a heart attack, researchers say you should avoid common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. A new study of the drugs shows that they increase the risk of heart attacks within the first week of use. Ibuprofen is sold under brand names like Motrin or Advil. Aleve is one of the brand names for naproxen.

And one moreAbby Lee Miller, the dance teacher who starred on the show “Dance Moms,” was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in prison. Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and to bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. Miller was also fined $40,000. 

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