Under President Trump, U.S. agencies find their words scrutinized

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has put staff at a slew of government agencies on notice - be careful what you say. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and the Agriculture Department all have seen directives come down from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.

Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearing

Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearingAs jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop ...

Special toilet at U. Mich. takes aim at urine-to-fertilizer

Abe Noe-Hays, director of research at the Vermont-based Rich Earth Institute, left, and Nancy Love, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan cut the ribbon to a men's bathroom with a special toilet at the University of Michigan engineering building, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The toilet is part of a multi-state project researching the conversion of human urine into fertilizer. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan sees value in urine.

Trump budget pick: Cut benefit programs; tax hikes on table

Budget Director-designate Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House budget office told Congress on Tuesday, putting him at odds with the new chief executive.

Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history

Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary historyDespite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing ...

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