National News

National News at a Glance

Posted December 8, 2018 7:26 p.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2018 7:36 p.m. EST

John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

President Donald Trump said Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, would step down by the end of the year, the latest move in a long-planned staff shake-up as the president heads into the 2020 campaign facing growing peril from the special counsel and newly empowered Democrats. Kelly had been brought in last year to impose order on the West Wing but found managing Trump an impossible task. Trump has settled on Nick Ayers, 36, a political operative who serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, as his top choice to replace Kelly, people familiar with the matter said.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules for School Lunches

This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its final plans to lower nutrition standards for grains, flavored milks and sodium in school cafeterias that were part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and that former first lady Michelle Obama had advocated. The changes, all of which will go into effect by July, apply to school meals that qualify for at least some federal reimbursement. The Trump administration asserts in the new rules that administrators have struggled to find food products that meet today's standards while also pleasing students.

What Some Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

Dozens of doctors have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research. Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, declared that he had no conflicts of interest in more than 50 journal articles in recent years. However, drug companies have paid his employer nearly $114,000 for consulting and speaking, and nearly $8 million for his research during the period for which disclosure was required.

Wildfire Burn Victims Face Long Battle

For the people burned in the Camp Fire in California, the battle is far from over; many are still hospitalized, facing surgeries and rehabilitation. At least 11 people were hospitalized with burns from the Camp Fire. Three are still hospitalized; two are considered to be in fair condition, and one is critical. The number of people burned by wildfires is not tracked, according to the American Burn Association, but hospitals in areas prone to fire are girding for future influxes of such patients as wildfires occur more frequently. UC Davis has formed a consortium with 25 hospitals across eight Western states.

FBI Agent Shot in the Shoulder in Brooklyn

An FBI agent was shot in the shoulder in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, the New York Police Department said. The agent was taken to Kings County Hospital Center and was listed in stable condition. “We are aware of the situation,” an FBI spokeswoman in Washington said. The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. in the Canarsie neighborhood. Police officials say the FBI was involved in an operation in the area at the time of the shooting.