Acosta defends Trump plan to cut number of Labor watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is defending President Donald Trump's budget proposal to overhaul the way the government investigates workplace discrimination. Trump's plan for the Labor Department is part of what his critics say is a government-wide swipe at decades of civil rights protections.

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  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press

UN chief warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

US intelligence chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts


WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's intelligence chiefs, facing questions from Congress one day before former FBI Director James Comey provides his first public account of the events leading up to his firing, declined to describe conversations with President Donald Trump but said they had not been directed to do anything they considered illegal or felt pressured to do so.


  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN, ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

New Trump FBI pick represented Christie in Bridgegate case



WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray, a lawyer with a strong law enforcement background who represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, was announced Wednesday as President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI.

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  • Written by SADIE GURMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press