EPA security chief, Superfund head leave amid ethics probes

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers that his subordinates were to blame for alleged ethical lapses that have prompted more than a dozen federal investigations of the agency.

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  • Written by By ELLEN KNICKMEYER , Associated Press

Dozens with ties to supremacist gangs arrested in Texas

 

DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say dozens of people associated with white-supremacist gangs in Texas have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, including four accused in a kidnapping in which a hatchet was used to chop off a victim's finger.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

White man guilty in severe beating of black man at rally

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white Arkansas man charged in the beating of a black man during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been found guilty of malicious wounding.

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Fed keeps key rate steady but notes rising inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday but noted that inflation is nearing the Fed's 2 percent target rate after years of remaining undesirably low.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer