Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip say they have accepted an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire amid a major flare-up of violence with Israel. Hamas and smaller armed groups announced the cease-fire in a joint statement late Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, and there was no immediate comment from Israel.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg are lauding Amazon’s plan to open a new headquarters in the quickly developing Long Island City section of Queens. Cuomo had been pushing hard for the move, joking about changing his first name to “Amazon.” Bloomberg spent a large part of his tenure as mayor pushing for development of areas like Long Island City. Amazon has also announced plans for a new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California regulators says initial testing has found no elevated levels of radiation or hazardous compounds after Southern California’s huge wildfire burned near a former nuclear test site in hills to the northwest of Los Angeles. The state Department of Toxic Substance Control says its staff to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory on Saturday and found that facilities that handled radioactive and hazardous materials were not affected by the fire.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job as soon as this week. That’s according to two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Nielsen had hoped to complete one year in the job and leave in December, but it appears unlikely she’ll make it. Trump has blamed Nielsen for not doing more to address illegal immigration at the southern border.
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked it last week following the president’s contentious post-election news conference, citing Acosta’s refusal to hand over a microphone when the president said he was done talking to him. There was no immediate comment from the White House.