U.S. Treasury official charged with leaks linked to Russia probe

U.S. Treasury official charged with leaks linked to Russia probeNatalie May Edwards, a senior adviser in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports and with conspiracy, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. Edwards, 40, was expected to make an initial appearance in Virginia federal court later in the day. A lawyer for Edwards could not immediately be reached for comment.



More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in GuatemalaThe migrants hope to reach Mexico and then cross its northern border with the United States, to seek refuge from endemic violence and poverty in Central America. Several thousand people are now part of the caravan, according to a Reuters witness traveling with the group in Guatemala, where men women and children on foot and riding in trucks filled a road on their long journey to Mexico. Reacting angrily to the caravan, which follows a similar mass migration earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump decried "horrendous weak and outdated immigration laws," in a series of Twitter messages starting on Tuesday, and threatened to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if they fail to prevent undocumented immigrants from heading to the United States.



Trump threatens funds unless California prevents more wildfires

Trump threatens funds unless California prevents more wildfiresPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold billions of dollars of federal funding if California does not clean up its forests to reduce the risk of wildfires, a year after some of the worst blazes in the state’s history. “It's hurting our budget, it’s hurting our country and they better get their act together,” Trump said at a cabinet meeting, aiming his remarks at California Governor Jerry Brown, whom he has frequently criticized over immigration and other policies. Trump said the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that help fires spread.



U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shutGreenhouse gases emissions from the largest U.S. industrial plants fell 2.7 percent in 2017, the Trump administration said, as coal plants shut and as that industry competes with cheap natural gas and solar and wind power that emit less pollution. The drop was steeper than in 2016 when emissions fell 2 percent, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said. EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler said the data proves that federal regulations are not necessary to drive carbon dioxide reductions.



Lack of power, phone service hamper post-Hurricane Michael recovery

Lack of power, phone service hamper post-Hurricane Michael recoveryIt packed top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour) that toppled power lines and unleashed a surge of seawater that demolished homes. Florida officials have not said how many people are missing. Debris, downed trees and power lines have hampered access to stranded people.





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