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May 15, 2014
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In a country where women's rights are few, a Saudi Arabian man is reportedly filing for divorce from his wife because she showed him a video clip of her driving. Al Arabiya reports the wife wanted to surprise her husband by showing him she was learning how to drive, but that was apparently a mistake, as her husband got angry at her for going against social norms.

The husband told the judge that he didn't approve of his wife driving and requested that she live with her family until divorce papers were finalized. Social media users in the country were firmly planted into two camps: one side praised the husband for standing up for his traditional views, while the other lambasted him for tearing apart a family over something they believed to be harmless.

Saudi women have been pushing for the kingdom to lessen its ban on woman drivers. While there is no specific Saudi law that prohibits them from driving, women are not issued licenses. Jordan Valinsky

10:42 p.m. ET
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Their guests were strangers and the wedding feast was airplane food, but when Pope Francis offers to marry you while flying 36,000 feet above Chile, you work with what you've got.

Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest are flight attendants with LATAM, Chile's flagship airline, and were aboard the pontiff's Thursday flight from Santiago to Iquique. They were married in a civil ceremony in 2010 and had a church ceremony planned, but an earthquake toppled their church's bell tower, and their wedding was canceled. Life and the birth of two children got in the way, and the couple never rescheduled. They asked Pope Francis for a blessing, and when he heard their story, he immediately asked if they would like him to marry them right there and then.

"He told me it's historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane," Ciuffardi told reporters. A Vatican official scrambled to put together a marriage certificate for the stunned couple, while Francis gave the second-time-around newlyweds some tips on wedded bliss, including making sure "the wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you," Podest said. Catherine Garcia

9:38 p.m. ET
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It was President Trump's decision to limit former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's testimony this Tuesday in front of the House Intelligence Committee, based on legal advice he received from a key aide to White House counsel Don McGahn, two people with knowledge of the matter told Foreign Policy on Thursday.

Deputy White House counsel Uttam Dhillon gathered that there might be legitimate executive privilege claims to curb the testimony of former and current Trump aides, Foreign Policy reports, but concluded that doesn't extend to providing information or testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Throughout his closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, Bannon refused to answer questions about what happened during the transition and his time in the White House. His lawyer was on the phone with the White House counsel's office during much of the session, asking which questions Bannon should answer and which to avoid. Bannon has reportedly agreed to be interviewed by Mueller, with a person close to him telling The Daily Beast earlier this week that he's ready to tell all. Catherine Garcia

8:18 p.m. ET
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FBI counterintelligence investigators are looking into whether Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank, illegally funneled funds to the National Rifle Association in order to help candidate Donald Trump win the election, two people familiar with the matter told McClatchy.

Torshin is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is a lifetime member of the NRA, and during the organization's 2016 gala in Kentucky, met with Donald Trump Jr. Bloomberg News reported in 2016 that Spanish authorities believe Torshin helped mobsters launder money through Spanish properties and banks, and had he not been tipped off by a Russian prosecutor, he would have been arrested while in the country for a friend's birthday party.

The NRA said it spent a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, with $30 million going to help Trump, triple the amount used to back Mitt Romney in 2012. Torshin has hosted the NRA's top leaders in Moscow, and in 2016, tried and failed to broker a meeting between Putin and Trump, The New York Times reported. Neither the NRA or Torshin responded to McClatchy's requests for comment. Catherine Garcia

8:03 p.m. ET
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The House of Representatives on Thursday night voted 230-197 on a bill that keeps the government funded for less than a month, but it's uncertain if the measure will pass the Senate.

The bill finally got enough votes to pass after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made concessions to the far-right Freedom Caucus, including promising a vote on a conservative immigration bill. The bill would keep the government funded through Feb. 16, plus authorize six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Plan.

It won't be easy to pass the bill in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed and Democrats are refusing to vote for a measure that does not include a deal on DACA. Three Republican senators — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota — have said they won't vote for the measure, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is at his home, recovering from cancer treatment. Current government funding expires at midnight Friday. Catherine Garcia

6:55 p.m. ET
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Prosecutors say the parents of 13 siblings held captive in a Perris, California, house gave their children only one small meal a day, let them shower just once a year, left them chained to furniture, and routinely prepared food in front of them that they were not allowed to eat.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the siblings, between the age of two and 29, rarely saw the sun, and were beaten, choked, and shackled to their beds. The parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louisa Anna Turpin, 49, accused their kids of "playing with water" while washing their hands, and they would go months without access to the bathroom. Hestrin said in his 20-year career, this is one of the most disturbing cases he's seen. "This is severe emotional and physical abuse," he said. "There is no way around that. This is depraved conduct."

The Turpins were charged Thursday with several counts of torture, abuse on a dependent adult, child abuse, and false imprisonment, with David Turpin also charged with committing a lewd act on a child by force. Both pleaded not guilty. Hestrin said the charges only cover the eight years they have lived in Riverside County; they moved to California from Fort Worth, Texas, in 2010, and Hestrin said what started as "neglect" became child abuse. He also said the siblings rarely saw doctors and never visited dentists, slept all day after staying awake until 4 or 5 a.m., and while one of the older siblings was allowed to attend classes outside the home, he was always accompanied by his mother. Catherine Garcia

4:35 p.m. ET
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Meet the presidential dendrologist.

In an effort to dissect President Trump's conversational character, The Wall Street Journal interviewed more than 50 sources about what it's like to gab with the commander in chief. But beyond the more conventional analyses of Trump's chatter — he can "be blunt," the Journal reported, but he also "isn't beyond using chocolate to win someone over" — comes a gem of a revelation from Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Mulvaney, who the Journal noted is a "frequent golf companion" of Trump's, told the paper that Trump is very aware of "which trees have died" on his golf course. Not only that, but the president is also invested in landscaping decisions, Mulvaney said, often opining on "which trees to cut down." He's apparently a caring gardener, too, as Mulvaney said Trump will note from a distance "what greens are struggling with what fungus."

Among Trump's other tics, the Journal found, is that he will often change topic — like when he noted suddenly during an infrastructure discussion that he fears he'll get "speared" by the guardrails on the side of the road, should he ever get in a car crash. Read more about Trump's conversational whims at The Wall Street Journal. Kelly O'Meara Morales

2:30 p.m. ET
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More than a dozen Michigan State University employees knew of their colleague Larry Nassar's serial sexual abuse, The Detroit News reported Thursday. Since 1997, no fewer than 14 university figures had heard of the now-disgraced doctor's actions, the paper reported — despite the school's claim that it was unaware until a woman reported Nassar's behavior in 2014.

In 1997, Michigan State's then-gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was told by two girls from the school's youth gymnastics program that Nassar had digitally penetrated them during treatments, The Detroit News wrote. One of the girls, Larissa Boyce, said she told Klages that Nassar had been "fingering" her. Boyce recalled to the paper that Klages' response was to warn her against speaking out: "I can file this, but there are going to be serious consequences for you and Nassar," Boyce quoted Klages as saying.

Kelli Bert, a former assistant coach at Michigan State, reportedly dismissed similar reports two years later. Former track athlete Christie Achenbach told The Detroit News that she was digitally penetrated by Nassar during treatment in 1999, and when she reported the incident to Bert, Bert replied: "He's an Olympic doctor and he should know what he is doing." Bert denied to The Detroit News that she knew about Nassar's behavior. "If he had done something sexual, I believe I would have reported that immediately," she said.

The school has claimed it was unaware of Nassar's predation until 2014. A lawyer for Michigan State wrote to Michigan's attorney general last December defending the school, saying: "We believe the evidence in this case will show that no one else at MSU knew that Nassar engaged in criminal behavior."

In his capacities as a doctor for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, as well as during treatments he administered in other volunteer positions, Nassar is accused of sexually abusing over 150 women. Read more at The Detroit News. Kelly O'Meara Morales

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