WASHINGTON | Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

WASHINGTON | US government lets Yemenis keep special immigration status

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that Yemenis granted special immigration status in the U.S. after an escalating civil war can keep the designation, making them among a shrinking group of people from countries wracked by violence and natural disaster to have permission to remain in the country. Yemen was first designated for the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US government lets Yemenis keep special immigration status

WASHINGTON | Trump-Putin meeting an accomplishment in itself, envoy says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ambassador to Russia on Thursday described President Donald Trump‘s one-on-one meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki later this month as an accomplishment “in itself.” Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, the ambassador, Jon Huntsman, was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump-Putin meeting an accomplishment in itself, envoy says

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump: Pruitt chose to resign, ‘no final straw’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 5:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on his own accord and there was ‘no final straw.” Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday en route to Montana that Pruitt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump: Pruitt chose to resign, ‘no final straw’

WASHINGTON | New leader at EPA is former coal lobbyist, Senate staffer

WASHINGTON — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans’ health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New leader at EPA is former coal lobbyist, Senate staffer

LOS ANGELES | Illegal pot shops disrupt California’s budding legal market

LOS ANGELES — A slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in. “Sheriff’s department! Search warrant!” a Los Angeles County deputy shouted as the team thundered through the front door and began hauling out people in handcuffs. … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Illegal pot shops disrupt California’s budding legal market

JERUSALEM | Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

JERUSALEM  — As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country’s south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad‘s forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian leader. Israel’s main concern is to keep archrival Iran, an Assad … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

JERUSALEM | Justice Ginsburg bemoans partisan divide in Congress

JERUSALEM — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she hoped the traditional “bipartisan spirit” of congressional hearings for judges will once again prevail in Washington, rather than the votes of recent years that have mostly divided along party lines. Speaking at a Jerusalem cinema after the screening of “RBG,” the breakout hit … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Justice Ginsburg bemoans partisan divide in Congress