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EPA criticizes EPA in news release hailing Pruitt’s confirmation

Watch Video WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency welcomed its new leader with an unusual news release Friday that occasionally took aim at itself. Scott Pruitt, who has questioned human connectivity to climate change, was confirmed by the Senate Friday in a partisan vote. Pruitt himself has sued the agency repeatedly as Oklahoma attorney general for what he saw as ...

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Feds: Dorothy Brown Requested $10,000 Loan From An Employee

(STMW) — Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown requested a $10,000 loan from one of her senior-level employees for her husband’s business, federal prosecutors revealed Friday in a court document that’s part of a case investigating alleged corruption in the clerk’s office. That and other new details in a prosecution court document filed Friday draw the closest connections yet ...

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Retraction Of Oakland Police Warehouse Directive Raises Questions

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An exclusive report from KPIX 5 Thursday on fallout from the Ghost Ship Fire has revealed what one Oakland city leader called a lack of leadership at city hall. According to recently-released documents, before the ghost ship fire, police responded to a complaint that people were illegally living in the warehouse. At the time, police didn’t ...

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UC Berkeley Police Seek Help Identifying Milo Yiannopoulos Protest Suspects

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — University of California Campus Police have released several photos of suspects allegedly involved in a variety crimes committed earlier this month during a protest against far-right writer and speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. According to university officials, the protests on Feb. 1 caused more than $100,000 in damage to the University of California at Berkeley campus, not counting ...

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Pruitt OK’d as EPA chief over environmentalists’ objections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. Pruitt was sworn in later Friday by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. In six years as Oklahoma’s ...

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Commission to combat Indiana’s growing drug problem

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A special commission set up to combat Indiana’s growing drug epidemic began work Friday. The commission to combat drug abuse met Friday morning. It was their first meeting with Indiana’s new executive director of Drug, Treatment, prevention and enforcement Jim McClelland. Governor Eric Holcomb created the position when he took office. The general assembly created the Drug ...

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McKeesport Approves Medical Marijuana Venture

McKEESPORT (KDKA) — Hard times hit McKeesport when the mills closed, but now the struggling Mon Valley city may be trading in steel for marijuana. On Friday, the city planning commission approved a proposal to turn a vacant industrial site on the Mon into a growing and processing site for medical marijuana. The state is accepting applications from potential growers ...

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Colbert show to air live after Trump’s address to Congress

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is going to have his say after President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress. CBS said that “The Late Show” will air live at 11:35 p.m. EST Tuesday, the night of Trump’s scheduled speech. Josh Earnest, former press secretary for the Obama White House, and Lisa Kudrow will be Colbert’s guests ...

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President Trump’s early approval rating low among Va. voters

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia voters approve of the work its current Democratic senators, and President Donald Trump gets a negative job approval rating, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. The poll was conducted over five days and surveyed 989 Virginia voters. The Virginia’s governor race is held in off-Presidential election years, and Sen. Tim Kaine is up for reelection in ...

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Trump calls media ‘enemy of the American people’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is continuing his attacks on the news media. Trump has taken to Twitter to slam “The FAKE NEWS media,” saying it “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump specifically cited a series of news outlets, naming The New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. The FAKE NEWS ...

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C-SPAN survey lists top presidents: Lincoln, Washington, FDR

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just in time for Presidents Day, a new survey of historians on presidential leadership gives the top five slots to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. It’s C-SPAN’s third survey on presidents, and the first in which Eisenhower cracks the top five. In 2009, Eisenhower ranked eighth and in 2000 he ranked ...

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Decision Delayed On $650M Caltrain Grant After Push From GOP Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration is delaying a decision on whether to approve a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that would also help California’s high-speed rail project. Congressional Republicans had pushed the administration to reject the application from Caltrain. The FTA faced a Friday deadline for a decision, ...

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Trump’s Pick For Labor Secy. Faces Senate Hearing, For 4th Time

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — The president’s pick to head the Labor Department – Alexander Acosta – has been confirmed three times by the Senate, as pointed out by President Donald Trump and a leading Republican. Acosta, who would be the first Hispanic member of Trump’s Cabinet, has won confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board, as the head of ...

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Tillerson presides over abrupt State Department shakeup

Watch Video WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization. The news sent shock waves through the agency and has left career officials on edge, in part because ...

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Trump Hits The Road, Hopes Rally Speeches Overcome Troubles

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (CBSMiami/AP) —  President Donald Trump hit the road Friday, away from a troubled White House, and off to tout his jobs promises, pledging to “unleash the power of the American spirit.” “We love our workers and we are going to protect our workers,” Trump declared at a Boeing plant where the company showed off its ...

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Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Republicans desperately want to rein in after what they charge was eight years of dangerous activism under the Obama administration that hurt businesses, jobs and the economy. Pruitt maybe just the person to do it. As Oklahoma attorney general he sued the agency many times ...

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Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt was approved on Friday by a vote of 52-46. Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma’s attorney general and was closely aligned with oil and gas companies in his home state, whose executives backed his political campaigns. He filed 14 lawsuits as ...

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Philadelphia Mayor Fires Back After Chris Christie Insults Phillies, Fans

PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Philadelphia’s mayor is coming to the city’s defense against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In an appearance on SportsNet New York on Wednesday night, the Republican governor, who is an ardent Mets fan, declared that the Philadelphia Phillies “suck,” that their fans are bitter and angry and that it’s not safe for civilized people to go to their ...

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Critics: Trump Should Not Ignore Domestic Terrorist Threats

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bud Welch knows something about the human cost of terrorism. His 23-year-old daughter was killed when a rental truck packed with explosives destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building. That was in 1995, when domestic terrorism seemed to be the nation’s most immediate security threat. Now President Donald Trump sees the greatest risk in potential ...

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White House turmoil on Russia likely to follow Pence abroad

Watch Video WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence will try to leave behind a White House in tumult when he arrives in Europe Friday, but he’s likely to be dogged by the recent events that have thrown the Trump administration into disarray. Though he is seeking to reassure key allies such as Germany of US resolve on Russia and other ...

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Rubio, Nelson Team Up To Target Water Standards

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Following an adverse legal decision, Florida’s two U.S. senators have joined forces to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not finalize water-control standards for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. The joint letter from Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson to Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general and chief for ...

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State Rep. Looks To Scuttle Stadium Money

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – State Representative Bryan Avila has filed a proposal that would eliminate an unused pool of money for professional stadium upgrades. The Hialeah congressman’s measure is identical to a proposal filed by Sen. Tom Lee last month which seeks to repeal the 2014 Sports Development Program, which made available $13 million a year ...

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Michel, GOP Leader Skilled At Deal-Making, Dies At Age 93

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93. A former staffer of Michel’s, Mike Johnson, said he passed away Friday morning. Michel’s skill at seeking ...

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Fashion Icons Jump Into Immigration Debate With Video

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter NEW YORK (AP) — While some fashion designers have always been overtly political, the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week just a month after President Donald Trump’s inauguration included a broader range of brands addressing these tumultuous times. On Friday, the day after shows concluded, W magazine took on one element, Trump’s position on immigration, in a video ...

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White House: AP Report Claiming National Guard Under Consideration For Immigration Enforcement ‘100 Percent Not True’

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The White House is calling a report by The Associated Press that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants as “100 percent not true.” The 11-page draft memo obtained by The AP calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north ...

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Trump Sign Removed from Atlantic City Casino Up for Auction on eBay

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)— As crews  continue to  “de-Trump”  the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City some of his signs have found their way on eBay. This week crews began removing some of the 17 signs from the former casino, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The Trump lettering that was affixed to the exterior of the property is apparently up for auction with ...

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Senate Expected to Confirm Trump’s Pick to Head EPA, Agency Nominee Has Repeatedly Sued

The Senate is set Friday to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Republicans desperately want to rein in after what they charge was eight years of dangerous activism under the Obama administration that hurt businesses, jobs and the economy. Oklahoma Attorney General and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt ...

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