EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.

  • Written by BECKY BOHRER and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders.

  • Written by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press

Attorney general sparks fear with push for harsh sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prosecutors should bring the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed in a move that critics assailed as a return to failed drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities and filled prisons with nonviolent offenders.

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering nearly a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

  • Written by JILL COLVIN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press