SE­NATE CON­FIRMS WRAY AS FBI CHIEF

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WASH­ING­TON» The Se­nate on Tues­day con­firmed Christo­pher Wray to lead the FBI, re­plac­ing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump amid the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia med­dling in last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a for­mer high-rank­ing of­fi­cial in Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s Jus­tice Depart­ment who over­saw in­ves­ti­ga­tions into cor­po­rate fraud. Wray, 50, in­her­its an FBI at a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing time given Trump’s oust­ing of Comey, who was ad­mired within the bu­reau.

“This is a tough time to take this tough job,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DMinn., said dur­ing Se­nate de­bate of the nom­i­na­tion. “The pre­vi­ous FBI di­rec­tor, as we know, was fired be­cause of the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The for­mer act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral was fired. And we’ve had a slew of other fir­ings through­out the gov­ern­ment over the last few months.”

Wray won unan­i­mous sup­port from the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee last month, with Repub­li­cans and Democrats prais­ing his prom­ise never to let pol­i­tics get in the way of the bu­reau’s mis­sion.

Lake­wood man ar­rested for pos­sess­ing 40 pounds of fen­tanyl.

A 25-year-old man from Lake­wood has been ar­rested on charges of pos­sess­ing 40 pounds of the highly po­tent drug fen­tanyl.

Car­los Ramirez was ar­raigned Tues­day in Man­hat­tan on charges of crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

Au­thor­i­ties said it was the largest Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion seizure of fen­tanyl in New York his­tory.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Ramirez was ar­rested June 19 in the Bronx af­ter the pow­er­ful opi­oid was found in his duf­fel, which con­tained 17 pack­ages of what au­thor­i­ties orig­i­nally sus­pected was heroin.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the beige pow­der tested pos­i­tive for fen­tanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

Based on the lab re­sults, Ramirez’s bail was in­creased from $50,000 to $200,000.

Home­land Se­cu­rity will waive laws to build bor­der wall.

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Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day that it will waive en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views and other laws to re­place a stretch of bor­der wall in San Diego, mov­ing to make good on one of the pres­i­dent’s sig­na­ture cam­paign pledges.

Crit­ics in­clud­ing the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity crit­i­cized the move as over­reach and a threat to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity said it will pub­lish in “the com­ing days” in the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter a no­tice ex­empt­ing the gov­ern­ment from the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act, which calls for ex­ten­sive re­views of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, and a host of other laws on 15 miles of bor­der ex­tend­ing east from the Pa­cific Ocean.

It will mark the sixth time that the depart­ment has ex­er­cised that au­thor­ity since 2005 and the first time since 2008.

Three de­fen­dants die in es­cape at­tempt.

MOSCOW» In a des­per­ate at­tempt to es­cape, five de­fen­dants charged with mul­ti­ple mur­ders wrested weapons from their es­corts Tues­day at a Moscow court­house, spark­ing a shootout with other guards in the build­ing’s cor­ri­dors. Three of the as­sailants were killed, and the two oth­ers were wounded and re­cap­tured, of­fi­cials said.

Rus­sia’s In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee said the at­tempted get­away be­gan while the five hand­cuffed men were be­ing es­corted by two guards — one male, one fe­male — in an el­e­va­tor at the Moscow Re­gional Court. The de­fen­dants at­tacked the es­corts and dis­armed them, but one of the guards man­aged to push an alarm but­ton.

Jus­tice Depart­ment plans pro­ject to sue uni­ver­si­ties over af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion poli­cies.

Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials are plan­ning a new pro­ject to in­ves­ti­gate and sue uni­ver­si­ties over af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion ad­mis­sions poli­cies they de­ter­mine dis­crim­i­nate against white ap­pli­cants, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

A spokes­woman for the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment did not im­me­di­ately re­spond late Tues­day to in­quiries about whether the agency would play a role in the ef­fort to chal­lenge af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion on col­lege cam­puses.

But at least one key of­fi­cial has ex­pressed skep­ti­cism of race-con­scious ad­mis­sions. Candice Jack­son, act­ing head of the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s Of­fice for Civil Rights, has writ­ten that such poli­cies dis­miss “the very real prices paid by in­di­vid­ual peo­ple who end up in­jured by af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion.”

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