Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch.
Under President Trump, U.S. agencies find their words scrutinized
By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has put staff at a slew of government agencies on notice - be careful what you say. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and the Agriculture Department all have seen directives come down from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.
Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearing
As jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop ...
Special toilet at U. Mich. takes aim at urine-to-fertilizer
Trump budget pick: Cut benefit programs; tax hikes on table
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House budget office told Congress on Tuesday, putting him at odds with the new chief executive.
Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history
Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing ...
Both NFL conference championships reach more than 45 million
Trump narrows down Supreme Court nominee list to 3
Microsoft victory in overseas data privacy case stands
A federal appeals court on Tuesday reaffirmed Microsoft's legal right to refuse a US government order to hand over data stored overseas in a case with important privacy implications. A divided panel of judges in New York denied a petition by the US for a rehearing of a ruling last year in a landmark case pitting Microsoft against the government over data stored in servers in Ireland. The December 2013 warrant directed Microsoft to turn over the contents of an email account used by a suspected drug trafficker.
Downtown LA's brilliant, Anthony Quinn mural gets a makeover
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? "The Pope of Broadway," artist Eloy Torrez's brilliant 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, has visitors to downtown Los Angeles stopping to once again to stare in wonder.