WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took the first concrete action to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to make them much less addictive, opening a regulatory process described as a "historic first step" by the agency's top official. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb unveiled an "advance notice of proposed rulemaking," the earliest step in what promises to be a long, complicated regulatory effort to lower nicotine levels to be minimally addictive or nonaddictive.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Thursday imposed fresh financial sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and for a cyberattack against Ukraine and other countries last year that officials have characterized as "the most destructive and costly" in history.
President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that Democrat Conor Lamb, the apparent winner of a closely watched House special election in Pennsylvania, ran a "pretty smart race" by taking some positions that appealed to conservative voters. During a meandering speech at a Missouri fundraiser, Trump was in the midst of a criticizing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., when he suddenly brought up the "young man last night that ran," an apparent reference to Lamb.
Donald Trump is already taking up a lot of Justin Trudeau's bandwidth. Steel tariffs sent it to another level. The Canadian prime minister is on an impromptu tour of steel and aluminum country this week, a denim-clad, open-collared victory lap with workers after Canada and Mexico were excluded from new U.S. tariffs. The exemption came after frenzied lobbying by the Trudeau government, throughout Washington and as far away as Seoul and Berlin.
MOSCOW - The United States and two major European allies formally backed Britain's claims of likely Russian links to a chemical toxin attack against a former spy, calling it the "first offensive use of a nerve agent" in Europe since World War II. The joint statement from the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and Britain signaled another step in mounting international pressure on Russia over apparent ties to the assault.
President Donald Trump boasted in a fundraising speech Wednesday that he made up facts in a meeting with the leader of a top U.S ally, saying he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing whether or not that was the case.
A teacher who is also a reserve police officer trained in firearm use "accidentally" discharged a gun Tuesday at Seaside High School in Monterey County, California, during a class devoted to public safety, school officials said in a statement. A male student was reported to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The weapon, which was not described, was pointed at the ceiling, according to a statement from the school, and debris fell from the ceiling.
The 19-year-old charged with carrying out the massacre in a Parkland, Florida, high school is set to appear in court Wednesday, one month after the shooting rampage killed 17 people and injured as many. The arraignment occurred against the backdrop of widespread student rallies against gun violence nationwide, and it comes a day after prosecutors said they would seek a death sentence for Nikolas Cruz, who police say returned to his former school on Feb. 14 and fired round after round at students and faculty alike.
White House officials have told key Republican leaders on Capitol Hill that President Donald Trump is open to cutting a deal in an upcoming spending bill to protect young immigrants from deportation in exchange for border wall funding, according to four GOP officials briefed on the talks.
WASHINGTON - Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Donald Trump to head the White House's National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision. Kudlow had been seen as the front-runner, but Trump formally offered Kudlow the job Wednesday to replace former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, who resigned last week, largely over a fight over imposing tariffs that he lost.