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Lawyers Want Iowa Case Stopped Due to Whitaker Appointment

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Lawyers for a Las Vegas man facing federal trial in Iowa want in his criminal drug conspiracy case stopped because they say President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting U.S. attorney general is illegal. Attorney Michael Pariente said Wednesday that federal law covering cabinet vacancies doesn’t allow Matthew Whitaker to serve as attorney general, so defendant…

Acting AG Whitaker’s Failed Renovation Missed Affordable Housing Goal in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines official says a failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Chris Johansen, the city’s community development director, says the city didn’t lose money on the project that Whitaker abandoned in 2016. He says Whitaker sold the building to…

US Officials Report a Record Number of Tick Diseases

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That’s about 43,000 cases. Traditionally…

Wired Wednesday: Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Theft

"There's really nothing you can do to stop it from happening," said one of our tech experts. So do this...

Will Bushee, Vice-President of the data mining company, Brite Planet, co-founder of Code Boot Camp of South Dakota, author of ‘Wired for Coding’, and one of our regular tech experts on KDLT News Today, says theft of your credit card numbers happen far more often than anyone realizes. And one of the first signs yours is in someone else’s hands?…

Insurer Nationwide Cutting 1,100 Jobs Across Country

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Nationwide intends to eliminate the jobs of about 1,100 employees across the country – around 3.6 percent of its workforce. The insurance and financial services company says about 80 workers in Des Moines and 350 in Columbus, Ohio, were told Tuesday that their jobs would be eliminated by the end of March. The remaining workers…

US Awards Second Border Wall Contract in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) – The U.S. government has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles of border wall in south Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the contract Wednesday. Construction will begin in February. CBP already announced a $145 million award for another 6 miles in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Galveston, Texas-based construction firm SLSCO won both…

Voluntary Recall on Widely Used Blood Pressure Medication

The FDA has issued a voluntary recall on a widely used blood pressure medication over contamination concerns. The pharmaceutical company Sandoz announced the recall of the drug Losartan after trace amounts of a possible cancer-causing chemical were found. The recall is only for the 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number J-B-8-9-1-2. It was also not distributed before October…

Walmart to Give Hiring Preference to Military Spouses

Walmart is looking to hire more military spouses. The retail giant is announcing a new program called “The Military Spouse Connection.” It gives hiring preference to those married to active military personnel. Walmart’s CEO and President says military spouses are ‘unsung heroes’ and that the company wants to honor and help them find a job, or build a career. The…

Justice Legal Opinion Backs Whitaker’s Naming as Acting AG

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department has issued an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general. The Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion is aimed at addressing concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans that President Donald Trump violated the law by naming Whitaker over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker had been chief…

US Panel Warns Against Government Purchase of Chinese Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) – A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued the warning Wednesday in a report focused on the increasing use of the internet in household appliances. It says China’s push…

Trump Administration Holds Hearing on Rollback of Air Rules

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Nearly 125 people have asked to speak at the daylong session in Denver on Wednesday. The EPA wants to replace a 2016 rule by the Obama administration…

Acting AG Whitaker Abandoned Taxpayer-Funded Project in Iowa in 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – While in private business, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker walked away from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment-rehabilitation project in Iowa after years of cost overruns, delays and other problems. That’s according to public records on the Des Moines project, which prompted the city to terminate an affordable housing loan Whitaker’s company had been awarded. Another lender began…

Ginsburg, 85, Back to Work at Supreme Court

Courtesy: NBC NewsWASHINGTON (AP) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the building. The 85-year-old Ginsburg is working in her office at the Supreme Court for the first time since she fell Wednesday evening and fractured three ribs. That’s according to a court employee who is familiar with the situation. Ginsburg spent a night in the hospital and recuperated…

Court Challenge to Be Filed Over Appointment of Acting AG

WASHINGTON (AP) – Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. A draft filing obtained by The Associated Press argues that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and normal procedure by naming Whitaker to the position in place of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker was appointed Nov. 7 after the White House…

Ginsburg, 85, Improving After Fall But Misses Court Session

Courtesy: NBC NewsWASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing a brief court session while she recovers from a fall and broken ribs. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 85-year-old justice is not joining her colleagues Tuesday morning when the court takes the bench. Arberg says Ginsburg “continues to improve and is working from home.”…