At least 51 people were killed, including 20 children, and rescue workers frantically searched the rubble of a collapsed elementary school for two dozen more students who were still missing after a mile-wide tornado flattened an Oklahoma City suburb.
Senator James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, says he’ll delay a Senate vote on Sally Jewell’s nomination as interior secretary until he gets assurances she’ll address his concerns about some home-state environmental issues if she’s elevated into the job.
The top Republican on the panel that will weigh whether Chuck Hagel should be confirmed as defense secretary came out against him hours after President Barack Obama’s spokesman said the nomination was gaining momentum.
The Senate rejected a measure that would overturn a U.S. regulation to cut mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, a rule that is among the most expensive issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-ash waste were dropped from a highway spending bill being negotiated by U.S. lawmakers, Republican Senator James Inhofe said.
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said a new medal to recognize the role of drone operators and cyber warriors shouldn’t rank higher than traditional awards honoring heroism and combat wounds.