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23 Jun 2016 
NEW YORK On the 26th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan, Secret Service agents stand guard at the elevator to keep all but a handful of people away from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But on this spring afternoon, Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, breezes right through to Trumps corner office, not long after his oldest son just left.

Hi, Jared. Are you all set with the meetings? Trump said to Kushner, a stack of papers in his hand.

One trademark of the most unconventional campaign in modern history is that members of Trumps family who have virtually no political experience are so deeply involved in his campaign that they often act as gatekeepers and strategists. Their influence was clear this week when Trump decided to fire his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, after his adult children and Kushner met with him on Fathers Day at a Trump golf course in New Jersey.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trumps three oldest children are in frequent contact with Republican National Committee officials, who have come to expect at least one of them at campaign meetings. Family members are involved in drafting speeches, messaging and policy, several people familiar with the campaign said.

Family members are often among the closest advisers to any candidate, of course. Kevin Madden, a veteran political operative who advised 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, recalled how Romneys wife and sons spoke on the candidates behalf, adding personal details that others could not. But, he added, the family members in the Romney campaign deferred to professional staff in the running of the campaign.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called his sons Don and Eric up on stage during a rally in January. "They're good boys," Trump said after they spoke in support of their father. (Reuters)

Trump, however, has never played by the book. And because his operation is so tiny about 70 paid staff members compared with Hillary Clintons 683 his familys impact is even more pronounced.

The campaigns latest financial filings showed that not only did Trump have a surprisingly small amount of cash on hand $1.3 million but he had spent more than $1.1 million in May reimbursing his properties and family members for expenses.

[Trump spent more than $1 million in May reimbursing his companies and family]

Even as they help on the campaign, Trumps oldest children are also shouldering more day-to-day responsibilities at the Trump Organization, where each is a top executive. Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump all in their 30s have offices one floor below their fathers in Trump Tower, the Manhattan landmark that houses both the headquarters of the campaign and the family business.

Everything weve ever done, weve done as a family, Eric Trump, 32, said in an interview this year. Every project weve ever built, weve built as a family. The Apprentice we did as a family. The golf courses and hotels we do as a family.... We vacation as a family.

Don Jr., 38, spoke to ABCs Good Morning America on Tuesday to explain why Lewandowski was let go. There does have to be a transition to the general election and it was time to move on, he said.

Don Jr. also fielded questions about the timing of his fathers vice presidential deliberations, poor fundraising numbers and advertising strategy.

Lewandowskis abrupt departure was spurred in part by suspicions within the family that he was trying to sideline Kushner by spreading dirt to the media about him.

In 2005, Kushners father, Charles, was convicted in federal court of making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. The charges were rooted in a nasty family dispute that involved Charles Kushner hiring a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law in order to get an incriminating sex tape.

Jared Kushner the 35-year-old chief executive of a huge family real estate company now sits in campaign meetings with the prosecutor in that case, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was a U.S. attorney at the time and now advises Trump.

Kushner is as low-key as his father-in-law is boisterous. He avoids making public comments but is widely credited with helping Trump write his well-received March speech to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. In it, Trump used a teleprompter for the first time.

[Trumps top example of foreign experience: A Scottish golf course losing millions]

Kushner looks younger than his 35 years and is the father of three small children with Ivanka. He comes from an Orthodox Jewish family; Ivanka converted before they married. Kushner also has made a long list of donations to Democrats in New York and New Jersey.

But he is an enthusiastic supporter of Trump and frequently travels with him, including a recent trip to Washington to meet with House Speaker Paul D. Ryans policy team. Kushner, who is also publisher of the New York Observer newspaper, helped connect Trump to former secretary of state Henry Kissinger for foreign affairs advice and to Rupert Murdoch to mend relations with his Fox News Channel.

During a victory speech in Indiana during the primary, Trump praised his son-in-law, telling the crowd: Honestly, Jared is a very successful real estate person, but I actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate. ... Hes very good at politics.

In the April encounter in Trump Tower, Kushner deferred questions about Trump to his wife. But he did say that his father-in-law called Ivanka three times a day when she couldnt join him on the campaign trail because she was about to have a baby.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speaks to Kushner and the three eldest Trump children regularly in these weeks ahead of the party convention in Cleveland, according to RNC spokesman Sean Spicer. Trumps family is also expected to play a central role at the event.

Ivanka, 34, who is as controlled as Trump is spontaneous, has urged her father to soften his tone, several people who know the family said. She has tried to avoid commenting on her fathers specific policies publicly and focused her huge social media following on noncontroversial topics such as balancing work and children.

She has also defended her father when critics have called him sexist, saying he always promoted women to top positions and offered her the same chance in the workplace as her brothers.

One person familiar with the campaign operation, who requested anonymity to discuss the Trump family, said the moguls children have been involved in part because for better or worse, the Trump brand is intermingled with the campaign. He said the children help Trump understand which of his messages are getting across and which are flopping, and that Ivanka was key in him offering support for Planned Parenthoods non-abortion work, even though many Republicans do not.

In addition to the three oldest children, from his marriage to Ivana Trump, Donald Trump has a 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany, from his second marriage, to Marla Maples, and a 10-year-old son, Barron, with current wife, Melania Trump.

Good kids. Good relationships, Trump said, when asked about his children in a recent interview. He said that relationships tightened when they were old enough to start working with him. People often get the wrong idea of who he really is, Trump said, but people do think I have been a good father.

Jay Goldberg, a top New York lawyer who advised Trump for 15 years until 2005, said Trump is very loyal to his children and is lucky that they are monumentally smart.

Goldberg said his own work with Trump waned when the children, though then only in their 20s, had strong ideas and the backing of their father about how to expand the family business. Trumps core business was real estate holdings and they wanted to expand, selling the Trump name to other hoteliers in franchise deals as well as marketing Trump merchandise ranging from furniture to fragrances.

They were interested in franchising, I was not, said Goldberg. I didnt like the suits and cuff-links and shirts.

At a time when Trump is under attack even by many within his own party, several who know him say a man who has always valued family loyalty is drawing them even closer.

Were naturally protective of our father. I think we also have a unique ability a lifetime of trust with him, Eric Trump said in an interview on Tuesday. We have 11 years of being executives within his organization. ... Hes learned to trust us. The one thing that I can tell you is Ivanka, Don and I will be by his side.

Dan Zak and Alice Crites contributed to this report.

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19 Apr 2016 
[This is the second of five installments of an ABC News digital special report '5 Days', which tells the hour-by-hour, day-by-day story of the investigation into the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, with behind-the-scenes details based on interviews and evidence gathered by the FBI and Boston law enforcement agents who worked the investigation. CLICK HERE to see Day 1.]

Twenty-four hours after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI was chasing down every lead, investigating and dismissing a growing number of potential suspects.

Some were put on round-the-clock surveillance, and the FBI launched its largest-ever aerial fleet to circle over Boston in the hunt for the bombers.

Meanwhile, one of the bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, returned to his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where over the next two days he busied himself working out at the school gym and spending the night smoking pot and watching movies with his friends.

His older brother and accomplice, Tamerlan, remained at his home with his wife and infant daughter, just a few miles from Boston FBI headquarters.

Even though Tamerlan had been the subject of an FBI investigation as a possible terrorist just two years earlier, no one pulled his file from the bureaus system for counter-terrorism assessments or suggested he be questioned in connection with the bombing. Russian intelligence had told the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan was an "adherent[] of radical Islam," but the FBI in Boston at the time had found "no link or 'nexus' to terrorism,'" according to a post-attack report by the Intelligence Community's Inspector General.

Soon after the bombing, FBI agents had recovered some surveillance footage from the site of one of the blasts. Shot by a surveillance camera at the Forum restaurant, the video showed the crowd at the outdoor section of the bar as well as people walking along and lining up at the street to watch the marathon runners go by.

The video seemed to be pointed just to the side of the site of the second explosion, showing a huge fireball and then the graphic aftermath. It also showed, investigators hoped, whoever placed the bomb there.

Analysts watched it and re-watched it dozens of times, but none could spot anyone that looked suspicious, much less like a mass murderer dropping off a bomb. They were stuck.

A spectators still photo would prove to be the turning point in the FBIs urgent investigation. The still showed the finish line and the Forum crowd from across the street, giving the agents another, key perspective. The photo came from a man who said he couldn't get through to authorities for hours amid all the confusion, and he nearly gave up.

Finally, someone answered his call, and once the agents in the FBIs Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) lab saw the photo, they realized they had the key to cracking the case.

He was hidden in plain sight, said FBI agent Kevin Swindon, who ran the CART lab in Boston. [Before that,] we couldnt see anything that stuck out.

The photo, closely examined, showed a black backpack on the ground in the precise place that was what analysts said was the seat of the bomb -- the exact spot where it exploded, next to a tree just behind eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the blast. Standing over the backpack was a young man with a white baseball cap worn backward.

That was the 'Ah-ha!' said Swindon. "We said, 'That's gotta be the bomb.'"

Armed with the still photo, the agents then turned back to the surveillance video. Now the agents were able to cross-reference the images they saw in the still to what they saw on the tape. And from the 174 people seen walking in and out of the the frame, they were able to zero in on the man who they believed to be a suspect: a man in a backwards cap they would call White Hat.

It was a huge development. Now the agents in the CART lab played the tape backward as they tried to determine where White Hat had come from.

There was video footage that could answer that question and lead to a second suspect, but at the time, the FBI didn't know it.

Whiskeys Smokehouse on Boylston Street had all 36 of its surveillance cameras rolling that afternoon. A frequent target of lawsuits, the owners said they had made sure there was a video record of everything that happened inside and outside of the popular bar.

Oh, my God, we have cameras, recalled the manager, Becky Caloggero, after the bombs went off down the block.

But the system recorded over the previous days taping every 24 hours -- and time was running out. But because the area was closed off to everyone, she could not get to the bar to turn off the machine.

Finally, she got through to Boston police headquarters where Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy, an aide to Superintendent William Evans, picked up the phone.

You need to get here right away, she told McCarthy.

It was a race against time as the two officers scrambled to get to Whiskeys and disable the surveillance system in time to preserve the previous days recording, which would turn out to be crucial.

Late that night, the Whiskeys video was at the FBI CART lab being prepared for viewing by agent Kevin Swindon and his team.

That was essentially our second Ah-ha! moment, Swindon told ABC News. That was the Wow.

When we see them together, now we have White Hat and we have Black Hat, where now were looking for two bombers, said FBI agent Kieran Ramsey.

Late that day at Massachusetts General Hospital, marathon spectator Jeff Bauman regained consciousness and realized one of his legs had been amputated.

He said he clearly remembered an encounter with a man in a black hat who bumped into him seconds before the bomb blast. At the time, he thought something about the young man felt off, but he had turned his attention back to the race, in which his fiance was running.

In the hospital and unable to speak, he wrote a note to his brother, I want to talk to the FBI.

Agents brought a sketch artist and Baumans description led to a drawing of a possible suspect, that would later be acknowledged as a remarkable likeness to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

At the time, however, agents gave it little credence.

As night fell Tuesday, the FBI believed they had grainy footage potentially showing two suspects, but they didn't know much more than that and they knew they were running out of time to track the attackers down.

"We have them visually identified, said FBI agent Ramsey. We still dont know who they are. And at that time, we didnt know where they were and what they were going to do next."

'Five Days': Reported by Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, Michele McPhee, Megan Christie, Randy Kreider, and Lee Ferran. Written by Brian Ross. Research by Alex Hosenball, Cho Park, Zoe Lake and Michael Birnkrant. Video editing by Shilpi Gupta, Abhinav Bhat, and Karl Dawson.


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25 Jan 2016 
Facility Maintenance Companies can help. Working with HVAC may be hard to start with, but in the end it's easy if you have the right kind of information. This article was put together to help people that want to learn about this kind of a thing. Keep reading if this is interesting to you.


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04 Dec 2015 
Scott Weiland, the instantly recognizable voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolverwho was known for hisdynamic stage presence, has died. He was 48. Weiland's manager confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

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Weiland passed away in his sleep on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to an official Instagrampost. In addition to sharing the news of his death, it read, "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott's family be respected."

TMZreportedthat Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota at around 9 p.m. Thursday night while touring with his current group the Wildabouts. The group wasscheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota Thursday night.

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro announcedthe news of Weiland's passing in a since-deleted tweet shortly after midnight EST. "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died," he wrote. "So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight."

Weiland's Velvet Revolver bandmate, guitarist Dave Kushner, tweeted shortly after Navarro "RIP Scott Weiland."

Weiland was born Scott Richard Kline on October 27th, 1967 in San Jose, California. His mother, Sharon Williams, and father, Kent Kline, divorced two years later. Hisstepfather, Dave Weiland, adopted him at age five. He moved with his family to Ohio for a number of years andreturned to California with his family when he was 14.

He formed his first band at age 16 and, in the late Eighties, STP'slineup came together with Dean DeLeo on guitar, his brother Robert on bass and drummer Eric Kretz, who performed under the name Mighty Joe Young. They changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots before the release of their 1992 debut,Core.Success came quickly to the San Diego band upon its release.

Stone Temple Pilots mixed brooding hard-rockwithWeiland's powerful, husky baritone in a way thatstruck a chord with the grunge generation. The shambolic, muted tones of theirbreakthrough single "Plush" earned them unwanted comparisons to Pearl Jam but also scored them a Grammy and Best New Artist VMA in 1994. The record, which reached Number Three on the chart and has been certified eight-times platinum, also serves as home to many of the group's signature tunes, including"Sex Type Thing," "Wicked Garden," "Dead & Bloated" and "Creep." Their follow-up album,Purple, was just as big, reaching Number One on the charts and selling more than six million copies, thanks to hits like "Vasoline," "Big Empty," "Unglued" and "Interstate Love Song." The band put out three more records, allof which charted in the Top 10 and spawning hits like "Big Bang Baby" and "Sour Girl," before they disbanded in 2002. They regrouped in 2008, issuing the Stone Temple Pilots album in 2010, before firing Weiland in 2013and replacing him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

In between stints with STP, Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver, a group which, in addition to Kushner, featured former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. The bandreleased two albums and earned two gold-selling singles, "Slither" and "Fall to Pieces," and a Grammy (for "Slither") before Weiland quit in 2008 to rejoin his prior band. They briefly reunited in 2012 for a one-off concert.

In between his various bands, the singer also put out four solo albums. His most recent and only release with the Wildabouts, including Blaster, came out earlier this year. Prior to the release, he and the group had been performing Stone Temple Pilots songs live. "We got really tight as a unit," he told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "It made me really want to go into the studio."

For all of his success, though, his life was often marred by tribulation.In his 2011 memoir,Not Dead & Not for Sale, he revealeda "big, muscular guy, a high school senior," sexually assaulted him when was 12. And formuch of his career, Weiland publicly battled addiction. He was convicted of buying crack cocaine in 1995 and of two DUIs in 2003 and 2007, respectively, according to CNN.

Weilandis survived by two children, Noah and Lucy, whom he had with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg, and his current wife, Jamie Wachtel, whom he wed in 2013. The couplemet in 2011, when she photographed him at a music video shoot, according to Los Angeles Times.He was also married to Janina Castaneda throughout most of the Nineties.

"Ultimately, our goal was to create a legacy," Weiland told Rolling Stonein 2008 of Stone Temple Pilots. "When we were in the car driving around together, promoting local gigs, it was, 'One day we will be one of those bands that have a creative legacy.'"


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29 Nov 2015 
Story highlightsU.S. and Chinese Presidents set to meet Monday morningBig climate march that was planned for Sunday is banned after terror attacksNearly 150 world leaders are expected to descend on Paris for the start of the U.N. climate change summit that starts Monday in the French capital with the aim of reaching a landmark global deal on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The leaders of the United States, China and India -- the world's top three carbon-emitting countries -- are among those scheduled to attend the opening day of the event, known as COP21.

It's being held amid heavy security after the deadly terrorist attacks that struck Paris two weeks ago. French authorities have clamped down on public demonstrations in the aftermath of the attacks, blocking environmental campaigners' plans for a big march on Sunday in Paris to highlight the climate change issue.

Refusing to be muted, some activists covered the city's Place de la Republique with shoes to symbolize the steps that marchers were being prevented from taking.

Since authorities prohibited protests at the COP21 in Paris out of security concerns, activists laid out shoes where demonstrators may have stood.Since authorities prohibited protests at the COP21 in Paris out of security concerns, activists laid out shoes where demonstrators may have stood.Demonstrators marched in other cities around the globe.

Opinion: Climate change is a form of terror

Obama to meet Chinese PresidentFrench President Francois Hollande is meeting with several world leaders Sunday ahead of the start of the two-week conference, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Paris late Sunday and meet with Xi the following morning.

"Clearly, U.S. cooperation with China is absolutely essential to successful efforts to combat climate change," White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said in a briefing last week. "I think the two leaders meeting at the beginning of this process, as the two largest emitters, sends a strong message to the world about their shared commitment to combat climate change and to achieve an ambitious agreement."

More than 40,000 delegates from 195 countries are attending COP21, which has the goal of achieving a legally binding agreement to keep global warming below what most scientists say is the critical threshold of 2 degrees Celsius of warming.

5 things you need to know about COP21


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