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USDA’s enforcement of animal welfare laws plummeted in 2018, agency figures show

Two years ago, the Agriculture Department issued 192 written warnings to breeders, exhibitors and research labs that allegedly violated animal welfare laws, and the agency filed official complaints against 23, according to agency data.

This year, those figures plummeted: The department had issued just 39 warnings in the first three-quarters of fiscal 2018, and it filed and simultaneously settled only one complaint — with a $2,000 fine for an infamous Iowa dog breeder who had already been out of business for five years.

Pompeo recommends to Trump to give Saudi Arabia ‘a few more days’ to complete investigation into disappearance of Khashoggi

ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities are expanding their investigation into missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi to include at least two rural areas outside Istanbul, local news agencies and a Turkish official said Thursday.

The moves suggest possible new leads emerging in a case that has stoked international outrage and left the Trump administration struggling over its response and possible punishment toward one of its key Middle East allies.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi investment conference

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he would not attend the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia next week, delivering the Trump administration’s first formal rebuke of Saudi’s royal family following the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi compound in Turkey.

Mnuchin made his announcement in a Twitter post, saying he’d met with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo but did not explain the reasoning for his decision.

Climate forecasters say Maine likely to have above-average temps this winter

Maine has strong odds to be warmer than usual this winter.

That’s the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, which released its 2018-19 winter outlook report Thursday — coincidentally, on the day many Mainers woke up to their first dustings of snow for the season.

Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGhan departure

Lawyer Emmet Flood was temporarily named White House counsel after Don McGahn left the administration on Wednesday, while President Donald Trump awaits McGahn’s longer-term replacement.

“Mr. Flood will serve in the role until Pat Cipollone comes on board as counsel to the president, at which time Mr. Flood will return to being special counsel to the president,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “President Trump has a great deal of respect for both individuals and is glad to have them on his team.”

Trump Tower board seeks $90,000 from estate of art collector who died in 50th floor fire

Six months after a fire in Trump Tower killed 50th floor resident Todd Brassner, the building’s residential board is coming after Brassner’s estate for tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid common charges stemming from a lien on his apartment, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the Supreme Court in New York County.

Brassner, a longtime Trump Tower resident who lived alone with hundreds of vintage instruments and an elaborate multimillion-dollar art collection, died April 7 after an electrical fire engulfed his apartment, which had no working smoke alarms.

Job growth is no cure for a community’s poverty, study finds

BALTIMORE — A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms.

When such cities as Atlanta and Charlotte enjoyed a job surge in the 20 years that began in 1990, for example, the job gains mostly bypassed residents — often African-American — who had been born into poverty.