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Trump Marks 100 Days By Blasting Media, Declaring Successes

By DAN MCCUE

President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday with a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in which he gave himself high marks for performance and lambasted the news media for what he described as its misleading agenda and trafficking in dishonesty

Invoking Salvadoran Gangs, Sessions Roils Long Island Latinos

By ADAM KLASFELD

Accused of immigrant-bashing by the throngs of protesters who turned out for his speech Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held up the old administration’s border policies as the root of gang violence on Long Island.

House Passes Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

By DAN MCCUE

Members of the House overwhelmingly approved a short-term spending bill Friday that will prevent a partial shutdown of the U.S. government over the weekend. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved.

Funding Woes Can Keep Whitebark Pine Off Endangered List, Ninth Circuit Rules

By EVE BYRON
whitebark pine tree

A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday that while whitebark pine trees are warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted within its authority to make other species a priority given its limited funds.

LA Council Candidate Under Fire

By MATT REYNOLDS

A candidate for Los Angeles City Council, under fire for comments he made online, faces increasing pressure to quit the race after losing endorsements from a city councilman, an Eastside Democratic group and the Los Angeles Times.

Robots Tapped to Hunt Invasive Species

A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in Illinois.

US ECONOMY

Growth Hit Three-Year Low During First Quarter

By DAN MCCUE

The U.S. economy grew at its weakest pace in three years in the first quarter, slowed by consumers sharply curtailing their spending, the government said Friday.

OPINION

The Devil’s Dictionary

By ROBERT KAHN

Last I heard, Ambrose Bierce was still dead, so he can’t sue me for this second update to his “Devil’s Dictionary.” Here are additions for letters M through Z, beginning with Man: an inferior sort of woman.

Nightly Brief

Trump Orders Review of Offshore Drilling Rules

By TIM RYAN

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a review of Obama-era protections on offshore drilling, with environmental groups bracing for the administration to eventually loosen the restrictions its predecessor put in place.

D.C. Circuit Suspends Emission Rules Case

By DAN MCCUE

The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted a Trump administration request to postpone ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.

Quaaludes In, Spanish Fly Out at Cosby Trial

By LANA MORELLI

Bill Cosby’s ode to Spanish Fly is a nonstarter, a judge ruled Friday, but his admission to giving quaaludes to his sexual partners is fair game at his upcoming assault trial.

Dallas Bribery Trial Ends in Acquittal

By DAVID LEE

A Dallas federal jury punished federal prosecutors Friday for repeated mistakes at trial when it acquitted Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price on seven corruption counts while remaining hung on four others.

Ex-Chicago Schools
CEO Gets Four Years

By LISA KLEIN

The former head of Chicago Public Schools was sentenced to four and a half years in prison Friday for taking bribes and kickbacks in exchange for handing out lucrative contracts to a previous employer.

Prosecutors Win Access to Durst’s Papers

By DON DeBENEDICTIS

A judge ruled Thursday that the Los Angeles district attorney’s office may pore through 60 boxes of Robert Durst’s papers for evidence to use in prosecuting the New York real estate scion for the murder of his close friend Susan Berman.

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