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July 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has accepted the resignation of scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to “Drain the Swamp.” Pruitt has faced an array of ethical questions about his travel spending, security costs, dealings with industry lobbyists and misuse of government resources.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told President Donald Trump in a recent private phone call that he shouldn’t appoint someone to the Supreme Court who opposes the right to abortion or the 2010 health care law. That’s according to a person familiar with the call who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the details publicly. The person says the New York Democrat told Trump such a nominee would be tremendously divisive and hurt Trump’s legacy.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies have found a receptive audience at Fox News Channel. Unlike the other cable news networks, Fox often carries his speeches live and in their entirety. Critics say Fox is essentially giving Trump free access to his supporters. Fox says it is simply covering newsworthy events.

LONDON (AP) — British police have confirmed that a man and woman critically ill from nerve-agent poisoning were exposed to the toxin by handling a contaminated item. The finding bolsters the theory that Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley may have stumbled across traces of the Novichok nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the government will meet court deadlines to reunite migrant children with their parents. But reunited families may well remain in the custody of immigration authorities. Azar told reporters on Thursday that officials have identified “under 3,000” children potentially separated from parents at the border by immigration authorities. A federal judge in California ordered the youngest children reunited by Tuesday, the rest by the end of the month.

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