March 21, 2016

If you see a barefoot flight attendant wandering near Los Angeles International Airport, let her know the police would like to speak with her about the cocaine and Gucci shoes she allegedly left behind in the terminal.

Crew members are normally not subjected to TSA searches, NBC News reports, but on Friday night, an unidentified Jet Blue flight attendant was selected for a random screening. Authorities say the woman appeared nervous, and called someone on her cellphone, speaking in a language officers didn't recognize. When she was brought to a secondary screening area and asked for her employee ID, the woman suddenly took off, running with her bags toward an escalator. Not long after, she ditched the luggage and her shoes, and left the terminal.

Investigators found at least 60 pounds of cocaine inside the two carry-on bags, and the DEA says the woman is facing felony drug charges. Catherine Garcia

9:22 p.m. ET
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It's now easier than ever for Verna DeSpain to wheel her 10-year-old daughter, Lydia, into their Clarksville, Tennessee, home.

She used to have to use a folding aluminum ramp that didn't reach the top step to get Lydia inside, but after Thomas Mitchell, a school bus mechanic and Lydia's substitute bus driver, saw how difficult the process was, he decided to do something about it. An area Lowe's provided the materials Mitchell needed for free, and over the course of a day, Mitchell and a group of friends built a permanent ramp for Lydia.

Lydia is nonverbal, but her mother, who told Today she cried "happy tears" when Mitchell told her about his plan, said she was thrilled by the act of kindness. "I told her, 'This is all about you,'" DeSpain said. "'They're here for you.' She just gets really excited." Catherine Garcia

8:18 p.m. ET
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Their signs said it all — "Not My President," "Happy President's Day, President Putin," and "Resist."

In Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and more than two dozen other cities on Monday, thousands of people gathered for "Not My President's Day" rallies, speaking out against President Trump and his policies. This was the fifth day of protests in Manhattan, with demonstrators standing outside of the Trump International Hotel singing "We Shall Overcome" and chanting "No Ban, No Wall."

One New York protester, Sayief Leshaw, 22, told NBC News he was "really concerned for where our country is headed. We've sold out to corporate interests, and Donald Trump's policies are downright offensive." In Washington, D.C., 24-year-old Morgan Mullins said there have been anti-Trump protests every weekend over the last month, and promised they will "keep doing this is as long as we have to." Catherine Garcia

7:02 p.m. ET
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Following the release of video clips in which controversial Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos appears to be condoning pedophilia, Simon & Schuster announced it will no longer be publishing his autobiography, Dangerous.

The book was set to be released in June, with Yiannopoulos receiving a reported $250,000 book deal from the conservative Threshold Editions imprint, but on Monday, Simon & Schuster said that after "careful consideration," they decided to cancel the publication of Dangerous. Moments later, Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter for inciting or engaging in targeted abuse and harassment, confirmed on Facebook that "they canceled my book."

On Sunday, the video clips, released by a conservative blog, went viral, and on Monday, the American Conservative Union announced Yiannopoulos was no longer invited to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference. Fox Business Network is also reporting that the right-wing Breitbart website is considering firing Yiannopoulos. On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos said he does "not support pedophilia," declaring it is a "vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst," and called the videos "selectively edited." Catherine Garcia

4:22 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump has named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, The Associated Press reports. McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who resigned from the post last week.

The announcement came after Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, interviewing four candidates for the position before settling on McMaster, whom he called "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

McMaster is a respected military strategist known for his knowledge in counterterrorism, The New York Times reports:

General McMaster is seen as one of the Army's leading intellectuals, first making a name for himself with a searing critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their performance during the Vietnam War and later criticizing the way President George W. Bush's administration went to war in Iraq. [The New York Times]

Flynn resigned after it was revealed that he discussed Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump had been inaugurated. Flynn had told Vice President Mike Pence the discussions never happened. Jessica Hullinger

2:23 p.m. ET
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Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor of Breitbart News, has been disinvited from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the largest gatherings of conservative activists in the country. The news came after a weekend of uproar after video clips surfaced appearing to show Yiannopoulos condoning pedophilia.

Yiannopoulos initially responded in a Facebook post titled "A note for idiots," in which he said, "I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a coordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject."

On Monday, the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, released a statement saying Yiannopoulos' invitation had been rescinded. "We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children," ACU president Matt Schlapp said.

In a follow-up Facebook post, Yiannopoulos chalked the whole thing up to misunderstanding and deceptive video editing: "I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation, and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, 'advocacy.' I deeply regret that."

President Trump is scheduled to speak at the conference Friday. Jessica Hullinger

1:07 p.m. ET

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday, Russian officials say. He was 64. Officials say Churkin fell ill and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died. The cause of his illness was not immediately known, though the New York Post reports he suffered from a "cardiac condition."

The Associated Press says Churkin, who had been the ambassador for more than a decade, "had a reputation for an acute wit and sharp repartee especially with his American and Western counterparts." His death comes one day before he was to turn 65.

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. Jessica Hullinger

10:55 a.m. ET

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia. "He does have a weird, noticeably soft spot for both the country and its leader," Oliver said, hammering the point home with a compilation video of the numerous times Trump has complimented, praised, or otherwise flattered Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It's a bit weird," Oliver says. "You've been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep."

But the real meat of the segment is in analyzing what we actually know about Putin ("He annexed Crimea, imposed severe fines and long prison terms on protesters, propped up the brutal Assad regime, and signed a harsh anti-gay propaganda law."), why he remains so popular, and what Trump's wish that America could just "get along" with Russia would actually mean for democratic values.

"Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin's dreams," Oliver says. Take a look below, although be warned: There is lots of NSFW language. Jessica Hullinger

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