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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster.
Pruitt was scheduled to testify about his agency's budget in back-to-back hearings before two House subcommittees.
Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has grown frustrated with the process and is in active discussions with senior White House officials about withdrawing his name from consideration for the Cabinet post, two sources with knowledge of the conversations told NBC News.
A decision about Jackson's future could come as early as Wednesday night or Thursday, one source said.
The development comes as congressional Democrats released additional details Wednesday on allegations of improper conduct involving Jackson, who said earlier in the day that he has no intention of backing out.
On one occasion, Jackson was said to have provided a "large supply" of the opioid drug Percocet to a staffer for the White House Military Office, which threw the office "into a panic" because it didn't know where the drugs went. The summary also noted "multiple incidents of drunkenness on duty," including one instance where he "wrecked a government vehicle."
"I never wrecked a car," Jackson told NBC News about that specific allegation.
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"You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell.
This is how it ends for you."
These are the words of Michelle McNamara, a mystery writer who coined the name "Golden State Killer" and the late wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, written toward the Golden State Killer — a man allegedly responsible for approximately 45 rapes and 12 murders in California whose identity was unknown until Wednesday.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Wednesday he will assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a civil case brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump.
Michael Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay Stormy Daniels' case after FBI agents raided his home and office earlier this month, seeking records about a nondisclosure agreement Daniels signed days before the 2016 presidential election.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement that prevents her discussing it. She's also suing Cohen, alleging defamation.
Rapper Meek Mill said Wednesday that now that he's out of prison, a lot of people facing similar battles with the criminal justice system are depending on him.
"I got a lot of responsibility," he said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News.
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A group of migrants from Central America arrived in Tijuana Wednesday with hopes of seeking asylum from dangerous and violent conditions in their home countries.
The group is part of a larger caravan that started their journey for shelter in Mexico at the beginning of March.
The caravan has been described as “dangerous” by President Donald Trump and was mentioned as one of the reasons he asked for National Guard troops to be sent to the border region.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talked family and politics on Wednesday at Brown University, calling his father, former President George H.W. Bush, "stronger than an ox," and admitting that he does not think President Donald Trump is a good role model.
Bush mentioned the recent death of his mother, Barbara, and the hospitalization of his father in his opening remarks. He said the former president, who he called the "greatest man alive," is out of intensive care and will be leaving a Houston hospital on Friday. The elder Bush had contracted an infection that had spread to his blood.
A man who was dubbed "The Golden State Killer" after he allegedly killed and raped multiple people across the state of California has been arrested, officials announced Wednesday.
A 72-year-old ex-police officer named Joseph James DeAngelo, who appears to fit the description of the elusive California killer, was arrested overnight on two murder charges by police in Sacramento.
Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said at a news conferences Wednesday afternoon that the answer for the arrest came down to the DNA of the killer.
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Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food.
The genetic analysis is being used to bolster investigations and — in some cases — connect the dots between what were once seemingly unrelated illnesses. It also is uncovering previously unfathomed sources of food poisoning, including one outbreak from apples dipped in caramel.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia investigation.
Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced the bill earlier this month as Trump publicly criticized the special counsel. Mueller is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.
Five students are suing Syracuse University for disciplinary actions related to videos of a private event where fraternity members used racial slurs and simulated a sexual assault of a disabled person.
The federal lawsuit filed anonymously Tuesday by five Theta Tau members accuses the university of ignoring their rights and proper procedures in suspending them and subjecting them to "ridicule and scorn." It seeks at least $1 million in damages for each student and restoration of their good academic standing.
Alone and injured in the woods, Greg Eubanks saw snakes and buzzards around him. For two days, he drank rainwater to survive.
Earlier this month, Eubanks crashed his SUV near the Capital Beltway in Maryland. Thrown from the vehicle, he spent two days in a ditch before someone saw his SUV and then found him.
The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, a move that would hand the president a major victory on a controversial signature policy.
In the court's first full-blown consideration of a Trump order, the conservative justices who make up the court's majority seemed unwilling to hem in a president who has invoked national security to justify restrictions on who can or cannot step on U.S. soil.