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News@noon: DeVos is in; acting AG is out

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Here's what's happening:

President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Dept. lawyers to stop defending refugee ban.

'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

2. Ambry Thomas, Detroit King (Michigan, enrolled) – WR/CB, 5-11, 175: Thomas became an outstanding leader his senior year to help the Crusaders repeat as Division 2 state champions while dedicating the season to his late head coach, Dale Harvel, who suffered a fatal heart attack during a summer 7-on-7 competition. He earned a spot on The Detroit News Dream Team with his strong play in all three phases of the game. He had 37 receptions for 902 yards and 14 TDs while intercepting two passes and scoring once on a kickoff return and once on a punt return. He set the tempo in the state championship game when he grabbed a 9-yard TD pass from Dequan Finn. “Ambry’s a great athlete with tremendous skills, but his will to be good, be the best, really helped him out and helped our team to be the best, so he became a great leader for us,” Coach Tyrone Spencer said.

Blue Chips

  • 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

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