February 19, 2013

A former student is suing Pennsylvania's Lehigh University, claiming that a C+ grade cost her $1.3 million in salary. Megan Thode alleges a professor gave her the low grade over non-academic disputes, ruining her chance to become a state-certified addiction counselor with better pay. "She's literally lost a career," said Thode's lawyer.  The Week Staff

4:15 a.m. ET

President Trump is apparently furious about reports that he was warned to not congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin about his re-election, right before he congratulated Putin, Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday's Kimmel Live. "Some White House staffers believe the leak was a deliberate attempt to embarrass the president — as if he needs any help with that — but the part of the story I love, and I don't even know if he realizes this: The fact that we know he's mad about the leak is because someone leaked his reaction to the leak, which is a lot of leaks. It might be time for this White House to start wearing Depends." Kimmel mocked up a chart showing Trump from "perturbed" to his current state, "furious," and it wasn't pretty.

Trump was also clearly angry on Wednesday about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — or as he spelled it on Twitter Wednesday morning, "Special Council." "They still haven't corrected the spelling of 'counsel' — I guess he wants to show his base that he won't be swayed by a bunch of left-wing, liberal dictionaries," Kimmel joked. "And I know a lot of people can't spell, but a lot of people aren't president, and the fact is, having a leader who cannot spell is potentially dangerous." Lunch-launch?

"But typos and leaks should be the least of Trump's worries today," Kimmel said. "What he should be worried about is all the renewed interest in his alleged sexual dalliances. Like a porno Gremlin, Stormy Daniels has now multiplied and there are at least three women now actively pursuing legal action in cases involving Donald Trump." Or, well, at least two. Watch below. Peter Weber

3:34 a.m. ET
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On Wednesday, New York City's Department of Buildings launched investigations at 13 buildings owned by Kushner Cos., looking for possible "illegal activity" involving apparently falsified permits claiming those properties had no rent-controlled tenants when in fact they had hundreds. The more than 80 permit applications were signed when Jared Kushner, President Trump's son in law and senior adviser, was CEO of the family company, The Associated Press reported Sunday. Kushner did not sign any of the permits himself, but company employees did, including its chief operating officer.

If Kushner Cos. had correctly listed the number of rent-controlled tenants, construction at those properties would have been scrutinized for possible attempts to harass tenants into leaving the building, allowing the property company to raise rents. And at many of the properties, that's what appears to have happened, AP says, citing documents uncovered by the watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative. Kushner Cos. said Wednesday that it operates under "the highest legal and ethical standards" and blamed the investigation on "politically motivated attacks." Peter Weber

3:05 a.m. ET

"The Stormy Daniels story just won't go away, no matter how many photos of her bustline Anderson Cooper slowly zooms in on every night," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. "They've actually renamed his show Anderson Cooper 36DD." He reminded everyone that Daniels was paid $130,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement just days before the election, keeping her silent about her alleged affair with President Trump. Colbert found this plausible in part because Trump has made his senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements, too. "Now this is troubling in two ways," he said. "One, that's totally illegal — government officials work for us, not Trump; he can't make them sign NDAs. And two, it really makes me think Trump has had sex with his entire staff."

Still, given Trump's love of NDAs, it's hardly surprising that six other women have apparently approached Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, to say they have similar stories about Trump. "Yes, and they've all been compiled in the new book Six Shades of Hulnh," Colbert joked, making a gagging sound. Avenatti says he has proof that Daniels was physically threatened to stay silent about her relationship with Trump, and that she'll likely discuss it in her 60 Minutes interview airing Sunday. Colbert ended with a modified Atticus Finch monologue that Harper Lee might not approve of. Watch below. Peter Weber

2:09 a.m. ET

Austin Police chief Brian Manley said Wednesday evening that the presumptive serial bomber who died in a police standoff early Wednesday morning left a video recording on his phone, which was recovered from his car after the suspect, Mark Conditt, detonated an explosive device. "I would classify this as a confession," Manley said, and in it Conditt, 23, describes in some detail the seven complete explosive devices that went off in and around Austin, starting March 2 and ending with his apparent suicide blast. The explosions killed two other people — Anthony House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17 — and wounded at least four others.

Conditt made the recording between 9 and 11 p.m. Tuesday night, as police were closing in on him, and while he talked about what he did, Manley said, he did not provide a motive. "We are never going to be able to put a ration behind these acts, but what I can tell you having listened to that recording: He does not at all mention anything about terrorism nor does he mention anything about hate, but instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point."

Police and federal law enforcement tracked Conditt down using several methods, including supply purchases at a Home Depot, but his decision to ship two explosives-laded packages from a FedEx store on Sunday gave investigators surveillance footage of him, in disguise, and his car and license plate. On Wednesday, police found unfinished homemade explosives and supplies at his house in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville. You can learn more in the CNN report below. Peter Weber

1:31 a.m. ET

They thought their child-rearing days were long over, but then along came Georgette.

Arnie Skoog, 89, and his wife Ginger Skoog, 84, live in Great Falls, Montana. A few weeks ago, their son Jay Skoog stopped by their house, carrying a lamb that had been rejected by its mother and was less than a week old. Left in the snow, her tail and ears were frozen and she was in bad shape, but once she entered the Skoog home, "she was soon on her feet and eating everything in the house," Ginger told the Great Falls Tribune.

Georgette — named after Curious George — loves Arnie, and sits on his lap while he watches television and bleats whenever he leaves the room. She's also "naughty," Ginger said. "If you say, 'Don't do that,' she'll grab a piece of it and run." Georgette has been caught chewing on cords and dragging toilet paper rolls through the house, but pretty soon, she's going to move on to the next chapter of her life: When the weather warms up, she will go back to Jay Skoog's farm, where she will live in a barn. Catherine Garcia

1:10 a.m. ET

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "the Notorious RBG," is "a feminist icon" and at 85, "the oldest justice on the Supreme Court," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. "But she has made it very clear that she has no interest in retiring. Which is good — please, just hang in there for 3-7 more years." She is ensuring her longevity by keeping in shape with a really hard workout, "which is surprising," Colbert said. "If I had a lifetime appointment to a job that let me wear a robe, I would definitely let myself go." He's not on the court, luckily, but Colbert said he still "jumped at the chance when Justice Ginsburg invited me down to Washington, D.C., to join her workout."

In the gym, Colbert got Ginsburg to weigh in on whether a hot dog is a sandwich, describe how she is similar (and not) to the Notorious B.I.G., shoot down his musical selection, and deny "juicing," and he preened a bit, but he came away cramped, winded, and reassured. "I had reached my decision in the case of RBG v. Kicking Ass," he said. "Not only can the justice last another five years on the bench, I believe she could have killed Tupac." Watch below. Peter Weber

1:07 a.m. ET
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After a man accidentally dropped a lottery ticket worth $1 million at a gas station in Salina, Kansas, an employee ensured that the winning ticket made it back to the right hands.

The ticket was actually purchased in Lincoln, Kansas, but while stopped at the Salina gas station, the winner's brother held the ticket in his hand, then dropped it. After spotting it when the brothers were gone, employees picked up the ticket and scanned it, discovering it was worth $1 million. It wasn't signed, and any one of the employees could have claimed it as their own, but they waited to see if the men would return, and when they came back a few hours later, the ticket was turned over to the rightful owner.

The winner asked to stay anonymous, and the Kansas Lottery has not revealed the name of the Salina gas station where the ticket was lost. "It's just nice to know there are still good Samaritans around," Lincoln resident Shelly Thomas told KWCH. "Not just pure greed." Catherine Garcia

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