A Michigan man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama was shot dead this week at a federal halfway house, according to local media reports. Demarlon Thomas, 31, was shot and killed on Monday night, Jan. 23, by a man with an assault-style rifle in Saginaw, Michigan, around 100 miles northwest of Detroit, according to local CBS affiliate WNEM. A spokesman for the Michigan State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 20,000 for the first time on Wednesday, Jan. 25, resuming a rally that began in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's election victory. The rally was reignited by Trump's signing of numerous executive orders since his inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20. The index came within a point of the historic level on Jan. 6, as investors banked on pro-growth policies and tax cuts from the new administration.
NEW YORK/CHICAGO - The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Trump's regulatory freeze has created uncertainties in rural communities - areas which helped propel him into office.
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, Jan. 24, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia. Comey, a Republican, drew furious criticism from Democrats for announcing just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election that the FBI was looking at additional emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private server.
WASHINGTON -- Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead U.S. housing policy, won approval on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from the Senate committee reviewing the qualifications of the retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate. The endorsement by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, by a voice vote shown on its website, cleared the way for a full Senate vote on Carson's appointment as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
NEW YORK - An equally divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider its landmark decision forbidding the U.S. government from forcing Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. The 4-4 vote on Tuesday, Jan. 24, by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan let stand a July 14 decision that was seen as a victory for privacy advocates, and for technology companies offering cloud computing and other services worldwide.
CALGARY, Alberta -- A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government did not provide further information, but the Regina Leader-Post newspaper reported on Monday that the government was notified of the incident on Friday. The newspaper also said about 52,834 gallons had leaked and almost 45,000 liters have since been recovered from the lands of the Ocean Man First Nation, 87 miles southeast of the provincial capital of Regina.
NEW YORK—U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday, Jan. 23, as early moves by President Donald Trump highlighting a protectionist stance on trade gave investors cause to rethink the post-election rally. In his latest executive order, Trump signed to formally withdraw the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal. Trump has also vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with leaders of Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio reluctantly backed President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a move that all but secures Senate confirmation of the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive as the nation's top diplomat later on Monday, Jan. 23. Rubio said he was troubled by Tillerson's recent responses before lawmakers regarding Russia as well as other countries, but that he ultimately decided he would vote to approve the nominee in deference to Trump, as well as to fill a critical top job.
HOUSTON - The health of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 92, has improved and on Monday, Jan. 23, he is moving out of the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital where he has been treated for more than a week for bacterial pneumonia, doctors said. Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, has been discharged from the same hospital after being treated for bronchitis, doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital said at a news conference.