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In first public speech as acting AG, Whitaker praises Trump on economy

In first public speech as acting AG, Whitaker praises Trump on economy

During his first public speech as acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker on Wednesday praised President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy, telling an audience in Iowa that under this administration, seniors’ retirement plans “are doing pretty good right now.” Trump last week fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and installed Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, in…MORE

Student identified after being struck, killed by Amtrak train

Student identified after being struck, killed by Amtrak train

An Amtrak train struck and killed a student Tuesday in Lake Worth, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. he victim was identified as 17-year-old Tomas Juan Reynoso. PBSO did not say which school the student attended. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. near Lake Worth Road. Tri-Rail passengers were impacted. However, the commuter…MORE

Donald Trump is losing Cabinet officials at a record rate

Donald Trump is losing Cabinet officials at a record rate

The word out of the White House is that anyone not directly related to Donald Trump could be on the chopping block as this most mercurial of presidents seethes and stews over the midterm setback for his party last week and his broader grievances that he is not being well-served by his staff. Which, uh,…MORE

Coca-Cola scales back Christmas truck tour after backlash

Coca-Cola scales back Christmas truck tour after backlash

Coca-Cola has slimmed down its Christmas truck tour through Britain amid opposition from health campaigners. The annual tour, in which cans of Coke are handed out in dozens of towns and cities, started in 1995. The events would be hosted by local councils and “other landowners as part of their Christmas festivities,” according to a…MORE

CNN poll: Less than half of Democrats want Pelosi as the party’s leader

CNN poll: Less than half of Democrats want Pelosi as the party’s leader

Almost three in five Americans said they’d prefer another Democrat as speaker of the House over past party leader Nancy Pelosi, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. As Pelosi campaigns in the House to regain her title as speaker, Republicans and even some Democrats on Capitol Hill have mobilized against her. Among Democrats…MORE

Dept. of Consumer Protection lost thousands in equipment that taxpayers bought

Dept. of Consumer Protection lost thousands in equipment that taxpayers bought

Another round of the I-Team’s ‘You Bought It, They Lost It’ series features a state agency that’s charged with protecting consumers. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is the agency whose entire mission is based around having your back, like protecting consumers from unscrupulous contractors, monitoring public access to liquor and drugs, and licensing professionals…MORE

Exploding tick population — and illnesses they bring — worries government

Exploding tick population — and illnesses they bring — worries government

On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee sounded the alarm on Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses saying they have become “a serious and growing threat to public health.” The finding, presented in a report to congress, recommends surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures for tackling the problem. At least 20 known medical conditions can result…MORE

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham expecting first child

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham expecting first child

“Bachelor” stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have a baby on the way. The couple confirmed the news on Wednesday via Instagram. Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham shared a sonogram image he captioned: “Nothing compares, absolutely nothing compares to the moment you find out you’re going to be a dad! We cried, we laughed and…MORE

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