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7 things to know now: Melania Trump; State pressured FBI on emails; Bush fired
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7 things to know now: Melania Trump; State pressured FBI on emails; Bush fired

7 things to know now: Melania Trump; State pressured FBI on emails; Bush fired
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump after the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

7 things to know now: Melania Trump; State pressured FBI on emails; Bush fired

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

What to know now:

1. Email re-classification: According to an FBI investigation, a senior State Department official asked the agency to reduce the classification of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server in exchange for a deal that would have given the FBI the authorization to deploy more agents in foreign countries. The accusation against State Department official Patrick Kennedy was revealed in the latest release of interviews from the FBI's investigation into Clinton's sending and receiving classified government information through a private email server. One FBI official told investigators that Kennedy repeatedly "pressured" FBI officials to declassify information in one of Clinton's emails about the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

2. Bush is out: NBC News has fired Billy Bush from the “Today” show. Bush, who was heard and seen on tape in a degrading conversation about women with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, was only recently named as a host for the show’s 9 a.m. hour.

3. Cartwright pleads guilty: Retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to lying to the FBI about whether he provided journalists top secret information in 2012. Cartwright, who was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2007, admitting he lied to the FBI when questioned about whether he provided top secret information to two journalists. Cartwright retired in 2011, but retained his top security clearance.

4. Walking out on Schumer: Two hundred people walked out of a performance by Amy Schumer in Tampa over the weekend after she attacked Donald Trump during one of her shows. The crowd booed after Schumer called Trump an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.” Schumer called a Trump supporter up to the stage then questioned him about his decision to support the New York billionaire. As more people began booing, Schumer told them they could leave, then said they would be thrown out if they continued to yell during the show.

5. Supporting her husband: Melania Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she was surprised by the tape of her husband using crude language about women, but that she considered it only “boy talk.” Trump said she had not heard her husband speak that way before. "No. No, that's why I was surprised, because I said like I don't know that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of stuff in private," Melania Trump said. "I heard many different stuff -- boys talk," she said. "The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that' and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course."

And one more

Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith told The Huffington Post that he saw ex-Fox News boss Roger Ailes as a “father” and denied Ailes ever prevented him from publicly  announcing that he is gay. “He treated me with respect, just respect,” he said. “I wasn’t new in the business when I came here ― I’d been doing reporting for 12 years ― but I wasn’t old in it either, and he gave me every opportunity in the world and he never asked anything of me but that we get it right, try to get it right every day. It was a very warm and loving and comfortable place.” Ailes left the network last month after he was accused by several women there of sexual harassment.

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