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Betsy DeVos Booed During Speech At Historically Black College

Betsy DeVos booed at graduationU.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was greeted by rounds of boos on Wednesday as students turned their backs to her during a graduation ceremony where she was the keynote speaker.

DeVos was selected to speak at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, a historically black university, despite strong opposition by many students and community members to her presence.

“I am honored to become a Wildcat,” DeVos began her speech, after receiving an honorary doctorate, raising her voice as a chorus of boos attempted to drown her out.

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Tunnel collapses at Hanford Nuclear Reservation; no radiation released

Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear reservationHundreds of workers were told to take cover at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after a tunnel full of highly contaminated materials collapsed Tuesday. But officials say no radiation was released, and no workers were hurt.

Officials say a collapsed patch of ground above the tunnel was larger than first believed. The U.S. Department of Energy said the collapse covered about 400 square feet (37.1 square meters) instead of the 16 square feet (1.4 square meters) first reported.

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Days before being fired, Comey asked Rosenstein for MORE money to investigate Russia/Trump

Comey asked for more money for Russian investigationDays before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.

Mr. Comey asked for the resources during a meeting last week with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of the F.B.I. director this week.

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Guantánamo prisoner to testify about CIA torture ahead of 9/11 trial

Abu ZubaydahThe Guantánamo detainee known as Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to prolonged torture at CIA black sites, is expected to give testimony for the first time on Wednesday at a pre-trial hearing convened under the military commission system.

The hearing is the precursor to a long-delayed military trial at which five Guantánamo prisoners on war crimes charges related to the 9/11 attacks face the death penalty.

Zubaydah, whose full name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, is scheduled to give testimony in an ongoing dispute over conditions at Camp 7, the highest-security facility at Guantánamo where the so-called “high-value detainees” including those accused of organizing the 9/11 attacks are held. If he does appear, it will be only the second time that he has been seen in public since his arrest in Pakistan 15 years ago.

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Comey Got ‘Uncomfortably Close' To Exposing Trump

Comey came too clse to exposing TrumpThe whole country may end up more than “mildly nauseous” if a senior law-enforcement official is right when he translates into cop terms President Trump’s firing of James Comey.

“Basically [Trump] is saying, ‘I’m firing Comey for doing the things that got me elected because I’m afraid people are going to find out who did the rest of the things to get me elected,’” the official said.

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Bid to revoke Obama-era methane rules fails in U.S. Senate

Methane limits upheld by SenateIn a blow to administration efforts to free the oil and gas industry from Obama-era environmental rules, a Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands fell short of votes 49-51 on Wednesday.

The surprise vote outcome came after Republican leaders scrambled for weeks to secure the 51 votes necessary to pass the Congressional Review Act resolution, which would revoke the rule and prevent any similar regulations from being introduced.

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Subpoenas issued to Flynn associates in FBI's Russia probe

Flynn associates get subpoenasFederal prosecutors issued subpoenas to associates of Michael Flynn as part of the FBI's investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election, sources familiar with the case said.

Federal prosecutors were seeking business records from associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after his dismissal as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, the sources told CNN. The New York Times confirmed the details.

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Comey firing: Dems ramp up call for special prosecutor on Russia

Dems ask for special prosecutor in Russia investigationDemocrats are ramping up their calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election after President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.

Some Democrats have accused Trump's administration of engaging in a coverup by ridding itself of the man overseeing an investigation into the relationship between his campaign and Russia. Democratic lawmakers are calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the federal investigation into Russia because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself, to appoint the special prosecutor.

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White House: FBI director James Comey fired

James Comey firedPresident Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, the latest fallout from an election-year saga that found the FBI director at the center of political controversies ranging from Trump's connections to Russia to Hillary Clinton's handling of classified e-mails.

Trump's decision to fire Comey was based on the "clear recommendations" of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

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