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July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has named a veteran lawyer to oversee the government’s ethics agency until a new permanent chief is selected.

The Office of Government Ethics confirmed Friday that Trump designated the agency’s general counsel, David J. Apol, to become its acting director.…

July 21, 2017

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a former high-ranking member of the Zetas cartel in Mexico must serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes.

Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Laredo, Texas.…

Drug War Mexico Zetas

July 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a man accused of plotting bomb attacks in New Jersey and New York say the government is wrongfully portraying their client as a terrorist.

The lawyers say prosecutors plan to show jurors inflammatory evidence against Ahmad Khan Rahimi at his October trial in Manhattan.…

July 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A three-year-old Florida murder-for-hire case that has spawned national and international interest will continue to have an ongoing mystery: who is paying the attorneys representing one of the suspects?

A circuit judge on Friday ruled that Katherine Magbanua doesn’t have to…

July 21, 2017

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina fire chief says emergency crews responded to seven overdose calls in a 24-hour span, and one of those calls resulted in a death

WITN-TV reports Greenville Fire and Rescue Chief Eric Griffin said there is an opioid crisis right now in the city.

Griffin said…

July 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another derailment. And another round of finger-pointing on who is to blame for problems with New York City’s troubled transit system.

On Friday, a “B‘‘ train derailed near the end of the line in Brooklyn, causing no major injuries but briefly gumming up a subway system…

New York Transit Woes

July 21, 2017

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires burning in the west (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Firefighters in California have lifted an evacuation order for residents of a Gold Rush-era town that was threatened by a wildfire.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman…

Western Wildfires

July 21, 2017

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A top counterterrorism official said Friday the world still faces threats from Islamic State militants despite their territorial losses.

Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, says the Islamic State group controls less territory, but added that the U.S.…

Syria

July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration is still trying to get right what he calls “the big ideas” for a new Afghanistan war strategy.

Mattis was asked what is holding up the administration’s strategy review at an impromptu news conference with reporters at the…

July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new special representative for Ukraine negotiations is making his first trip to embattled eastern Ukraine.

The State Department says Kurt Volker departs Friday for eastern Ukraine, where he’ll meet with people “affected by Russian aggression.” Over…

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