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President's aides told to preserve certain records... Zinke is new Interior secretary... Woman seeking to remain in US detained by ICE

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House lawyers are instructing the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related investigations. That's according to three administration officials. The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the election, has also asked more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals to preserve relevant records.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee) is the nation's new secretary of the Interior Department. Zinke now assumes oversight of 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office today, hours after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee by a vote of 68-31. Zinke is pledging to "get to work" immediately.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A young woman in the process of renewing her permission as a "Dreamer" to remain in the United States legally was arrested today by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after speaking at a press conference where she urged President Donald Trump to protect people like her. Now two Democratic senators want answers. A federal immigration judge will now decide 22-year-old Daniela Vargas' fate.

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the tornado that roared through Ottawa, Illinois, and the small village of Naplate (NAY'-playt), Illinois, packed winds up to 155 mph. The weather service rated Tuesday's tornado, which caused severe damage in Naplate and left one dead in Ottawa, an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The weather service is not ruling out the possibility that other tornados may have touched down.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — West Point says two cadets face courts-martial on charges of distributing drugs and another senior faces similar charges amid a months-long investigation. Two cadets are on administrative leave. The third cadet is currently active pending a hearing. The U.S. Military Academy says the general nature of the charges involve the wrongful distribution, introduction and use of cocaine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and alprazolam.

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