Tourists near the White House never expected to see the president in person on a steamy spring afternoon. One woman squealed with delight; another suggested she thought Wednesday’s sighting might be an Obama impostor.
An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has retired as part of a settlement with a federal agency he says tried to silence him to protect its political goals.
This year’s across-the-board budget cuts are slicing tens of millions of dollars from the federal government’s funds for battling wildfires, reductions that have meant fewer firefighters and could cause agencies to dip into other programs designed to prevent future blazes.
President Barack Obama says he wants REI business executive Sally Jewell to lead his Interior Department.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March, an Obama administration official said Wednesday.