News@noon: DeVos is in; acting AG is out
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Here's what's happening:
'You're fired,' Trump tells acting AG
- In the first firing of his tenure as America's chief executive, President Donald Trump, dismissed acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday, after Yates publicly said the U.S. Department of Justice would not defend Trump's executive order banning travel from seven countries.
- Associated Press reporter Julie Pace wrote: "In a statement, Trump said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” He named longtime federal prosecutor Dana Boente as Yates’ replacement.
- Yates’ abrupt decision reflected the dissent over the order, with administration officials moving to distance themselves from the policy. As protests erupted at airports over the weekend and confusion disrupted travel around the globe, some of Trump’s top advisers and fellow Republicans privately noted they were not consulted about the policy.
DeVos is in
- The Senate education committee voted 12-11 along party lines to send Betsy DeVos nomination to full Senate to become education secretary.
Let It Snow
- Tuesday's commute got off to a slow start as snow fell and jammed the roads in Metro Detroit, forcing commuters to move slow. Few car crashes on area freeways were reported, Michigan State Police say.
- Overnight, 2-4 inches of snow fell, depending on the location. Metro Airport got 4.3 inches of snow while Ann Arbor saw 3.6 inches. Oakland County got off relatively light with about 2.3 inches, said a National Weather Service meteorologist.
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — it was the time of their lives. News reporter David Goricki interviewed several of the players on The Detroit News' Blue Chip list, and learned from the young men what they liked most and least about the process leading up to one of the most important life choices they'll ever make: where to play college ball.
- Ambry Thomas, a wide-receiver/cornerback who played football at Detroit's King High School, sounded a common refrain in naming his least favorite part of the experience: "All the coaches kept bugging me, wanting to know where I was going.” Thomas said. He eventually chose the nearby University of Michigan, but told Goricki that his visit to the University of Florida was his favorite because of the off-campus activities.
- Read about all 15 Blue Chip recruits
In other news
- 2 women's bodies were found, in separate incidents, a half-hour apart Monday afternoon on Detroit's west side.
- A Tennessee man, accused of shooting 10 people at armory, was arrested by feds in Detroit.
- Faster Horses announced its lineup for the July festival at Michigan International Speedway, and it boasts some familiar country superstars.
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