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BURGER BOSS Trump picks fast food exec to head Labor Department

FOX News

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder is President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Labor, transition sources told Fox News on Thursday. He is a Trump adviser who has been critical of the Affordable Care Act's impact on full-time employment. He's also opposed steep increases in the minimum wage and has warned about the damaging effects of overregulation. Puzder would represent the latest Trump pick sharply at odds with the Obama administration on domestic policy. Trump announced Thursday morning that he intends to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – an outspoken critic of the EPA – to lead the environmental agency.

Top National Security Official to Leave Justice Department

U.S. News

FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. McCord, the Justice Department's top national security official is leaving her position in May 2017. McCord told the staff of the department's national security division this week she's leaving to pursue other opportunities. Her departure comes as she is leading the department's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Police Reform Plan OK'd For Ferguson, Missouri

International Business Times

A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson, Missouri, to reform the city's police department, a pact prompted by the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black man that sparked violent protests. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry of Missouri's Eastern District approved the 129-page accord, which also outlines the revamping of the St. Louis suburb's municipal law code. The Justice Department and Ferguson recognize "that the ability of a police department to protect the community it serves is only as strong as the relationship it has with that community," the consent decree signed by Perry said. The agreement requires Ferguson police officers to undergo bias-awareness training and the department must implement an accountability system. The city also agreed that police must ensure that stop, search and arrest practices do not discriminate on the basis of race or other factors protected under law.


U.S. News

This undated photo provided by the Department of Defense shows Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert Mains. The Pentagon said the remains of the American pilot shot down in Europe during World War II are being returned to his New York family for burial 73 years after he died. U.S. military officials said Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, that 1st Lt. Robert Mains, of Rochester, N.Y. was the 27-year-old pilot of a B-24 Liberator taking part in a raid over Germany in April 1945.

Bill Would Dissolve Department of Education and the Arts

U.S. News

The Republican-controlled West Virginia House has passed a bill that would eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts, including its cabinet secretary position, and move its agencies and programs elsewhere.