WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Republican appeared Tuesday to quash new momentum behind a bill giving special counsels such as Robert Mueller III legal recourse if they are fired, telling Fox News that he would refuse to put it to a floor vote. "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor. That is my responsibility as the majority leader. And we'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate," McConnell said Tuesday on Fox News.
Carl Kasell, a radio personality who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves, first as a staid newsreader on NPR's "Morning Edition" and later as the comic foil and scorekeeper on the delightfully silly news quiz show "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," died April 17 at an assisted-living center in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84. The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Mary Ann Foster.
One person was killed after an engine failed and forced a Southwest Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, federal investigators said. Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that at about 11:15 a.m., the Southwest flight suffered an "apparent in-flight engine failure of the left engine." Sumwalt, who confirmed one fatality, said NTSB will ship the engine offsite and deconstruct it to determine what went wrong.
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that part of a federal law used to deport noncitizens who commit felonies is unconstitutionally vague, with new Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the court's liberal members in striking the statute. The 5-to-4 decision could limit the government's ability to deport those with criminal records, something that President Donald Trump has identified as a priority.
PHILADELPHIA - Starbucks will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon next month to train employees after two black men were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain's Philadelphia stores last week. The "racial-bias education" training will occur on May 29 and be provided to nearly 175,000 employees, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Dozens of people have been charged with distributing heroin and fentanyl in the takedown of a drug distribution network operating in West Virginia and Michigan, Justice Department officials said Tuesday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that nearly 100 people have been targeted for arrest in the operation that dismantled the multistate "Peterson Drug Trafficking Organization." Law enforcement officials have seized enough fentanyl in the ongoing takedown to kill more than 250,000 people, he said.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt upgraded his official car last year to a costlier, larger vehicle with bullet-resistant covers over bucket seats, according to federal records and interviews with current and former agency officials. Recent EPA administrators have traveled in a Chevrolet Tahoe, and agency officials had arranged for Pruitt to use the same vehicle when he joined the administration in February. But he switched to a larger, newer and more high-end Chevy Suburban last June.
The parents of two children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 sued Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, who had derided the shooting as fake and possibly staged by the government. Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, filed a lawsuit against Jones, InfoWars and Free Speech Systems. In 2017, InfoWars accused De La Rosa of being an actor, rather than the parent of a child killed in the Connecticut mass shooting, according to the complaint.
Rep. Charlie Dent, Pa., a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a leader of the GOP's moderate bloc in the House, said Tuesday that he will resign from Congress within weeks. His decision could set up a costly special election if the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania orders one. Dent had already announced his retirement from Congress in September, citing personal reasons for the decision while also lamenting the marginalization of the "governing wing" of the Republican Party as the GOP has moved further to the right.
PHILADELPHIA - The chief executive of Starbucks has personally apologized to two black men who were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain's stores last week, an incident that triggered heated protests and calls for a boycott. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized in a private meeting with the two men Monday, a company spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post. The spokeswoman, Jamie Riley, did not provide any additional details.