TRUMP TOWER EVACUATED OVER BAG OF TOYS
new york» The lobby of Trump Tower was cleared so police could investigate a so-called suspicious package that turned out to be an unattended backpack containing children’s toys.
Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter showed people running through the lobby for the exits.
Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis said the backpack was found near the entrance to a Nike Town store in the building. The bomb squad checked out the package and gave an “all clear” just after 5 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump lives in the tower and has his offices there, although he was at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Lawsuit filed by mom over medical pot use dismissed B
wichita» A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a western Kansas woman against the state and several agencies after her son was removed from her home in 2015 when he told school officials she used marijuana.
Shona Banda of Garden City alleged in the lawsuit filed in March that the defendants denied her civil rights by refusing to allow her to use medical marijuana to treat her Crohn’s disease, interfered with her parenting and questioned her son without her permission. Medical marijuana is not legal in Kansas.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday, agreeing with the defendants’ contention that Banda had no right to use marijuana.
Investigators study flight recorder from Black Sea jet crash B
sochi, russia» Investigators recovered the flight-data recorder from a crashed Russian military plane Tuesday and began reviewing its contents to learn why the jet went down moments after takeoff, killing all 92 people aboard. The Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea early Sunday two minutes after departing in good weather from the city of Sochi. The main flight recorder was quickly flown to Moscow, where experts started analyzing it, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said.
Trump names Bush-era veteran and policy newcomer to posts B
west palm beach, fla.» President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era to his national security circle and a figure from the Trump Organization to make international deals.
Thomas Bossert will become an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Bossert will advise the president on issues related to homeland security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity. Bossert will work closely with Trump’s pick for national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Bossert is currently president of the risk management consulting firm CDS Consulting. He previously served as deputy assistant to the president for homeland security under Bush.
The president-elect also appointed one of his main advisers on U.S.-Israel relations as special representative for international negotiations. Jason Greenblatt has worked for the Trump Organization for over two decades and currently serves as its executive vice president and chief legal officer.