The head of New York City's largest evangelical church has resigned from President Donald Trump's unofficial panel of evangelical advisers, one of the latest resignations in a string of high-profile withdrawals from advisory boards serving the president.
A.R. Bernard, head of the 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center, announced this week he submitted a formal letter to Trump on Tuesday announcing his withdrawal.
Tuesday was the day Trump gave a press conference from Trump Tower in New York City, in which he doubled down on his assertions that "many sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend when a counterprotester was killed at a white supremacist rally
Bernard was one of a few dozen leaders, reports The Washington Post, who gave advice to the president through the White House liaison office.
27 Arrested in Boston After Thousands Gather for CounterprotestPolice said they arrested 27 people Saturday in a day of protests in Boston, Massachusetts, where an estimated 40,000 people gathered, a week after a march by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in three deaths.
Police Commissioner William Evans said the 27 people were arrested for charges that included assault and battery on police officers. Three people were wearing ballistic vests, and one of those was armed, the commissioner said.
Competing Protest Groups Gather in Boston as Police Call for CalmConservative free-speech advocates and left-wing counterprotesters are beginning to gather in the East Coast city of Boston for dueling rallies, and police say they will not tolerate violence from either side.
Several hundred people already have showed up at the downtown park where the rallies are to be held. Left-wing activist groups, including Black Lives Matter and Antifa, planned to protest the event, which its organizers are calling a free speech rally.
National Weekend Weather Outlook: 8-19-2017
Heavy rain and flash flooding possible in portions of the Southwest this weekend
An upper-level low in the Southwest U.S. will act as a trigger for thunderstorms this weekend. The area of greatest concern is in New Mexico, southeast Utah and portions of southern Colorado.
Storms will be slow moving and could bring several rounds of rain to the same areas. Rainfall amounts may exceed 3 inches in localized areas.
Oregon Wildfire Causes Evacuations, Closes Roads in Prime Eclipse Zone
Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.
The late afternoon order threatened to create more tie-ups on rural and narrow roads already expected to be burdened with up to 200,000 visitors coming to the area from around the world to watch Monday's total solar eclipse. About 1 million people are expected in Oregon, where the moon's shadow first makes landfall in the continental U.
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