SE­CRET SER­VICE VACATES POST IN TRUMP TOWER

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The Se­cret Ser­vice has va­cated its com­mand post in­side Trump Tower in Man­hat­tan af­ter a dis­pute be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Trump’s com­pany over the terms of a lease for the space, sources said. The Se­cret Ser­vice had sta­tioned its com­mand post — which houses su­per­vi­sors and backup agents on standby in case of an emer­gency — in a Trump Tower unit one floor be­low the pres­i­dent’s apart­ment.

But in early July, the post was re­lo­cated to a trailer on the side­walk, more than 50 floors be­low.

The de­tails of the dis­pute be­tween the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Se­cret Ser­vice were not clear Thurs­day. Sources said the stick­ing points in­cluded the price and other con­di­tions of the lease.

2 tons of seized ivory de­stroyed.

Trin­kets, stat­ues and jew­elry crafted from the tusks of at least 100 slaugh­tered ele­phants were fed Thurs­day into a rock crusher in Cen­tral Park to demon­strate the state’s com­mit­ment to smash­ing the il­le­gal ivory trade. State en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety mem­bers, who part­nered with Tif­fany & Co. for the “Ivory Crush” of nearly 2 tons of ivory, said no price jus­ti­fies slaugh­ter­ing ele­phants for their tusks.

Congress re­cess­ing, leav­ing much un­done, ten­sions with Trump.

WASH­ING­TON»

Law­mak­ers scat­tered for their sum­mer re­cess Thurs­day, leav­ing be­hind a slim record of achieve­ments. The pres­i­dent is an­gry about what the Repub­li­can-led Congress couldn’t do — re­peal Oba­macare — as well as one of the few things it did: ap­prove a Rus­sia sanc­tions bill he de­tests.

So Repub­li­can sen­a­tors leave Wash­ing­ton with sim­mer­ing ten­sions be­tween them and the White House now out in pub­lic for all to see. They’ll face vot­ers back home who have cause for frus­tra­tion about an un­pro­duc­tive Congress.

W.Va. gov­er­nor, a Demo­crat, switch­ing to Repub­li­can Party.

West Vir­ginia Gov. Jim Jus­tice an­nounced Thurs­day he’s switch­ing par­ties to join Repub­li­cans as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­ited the in­creas­ingly con­ser­va­tive state. Jus­tice told about 9,000 Trump sup­port­ers at a rally in Hunt­ing­ton that he will be chang­ing his reg­is­tra­tion Fri­day.

Girl­friend whose texts urged sui­cide gets 15 months in jail.

MASS.» A woman who as a teenager en­cour­aged her sui­ci­dal boyfriend to kill him­self in dozens of text mes­sages and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with toxic gas was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 15 months in jail for in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter. Michelle Carter was con­victed in June by a judge who said her fi­nal in­struc­tion to Con­rad Roy III caused his death. Carter was 17 when Roy, who was 18, was found dead of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in July 2014. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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