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In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Andrew Harnik File)

House passes federal asset forfeiture reform bill

- The Washington Times

The police practice of seizing cash or property linked to suspected criminal activity is taking flak on Capitol Hill, and groups advocating for reforming federal asset forfeiture rules see the effort taking off this year.

A gate at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site is shown Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas, where three tanks once used to store toxic waste were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found no evidence that toxins washed off the site, but is still assessing damage.  (AP Photo)

Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods: AP exclusive report

- Associated Press

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city’s ship channel.

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Messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills nursing home a day after eight people died and a criminal investigation by local agencies continued into how the rehab center allowed patients to stay without a working air condition system during the pass of Hurricane Irma through South Florida on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.  (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

Florida recovery picks up momentum, but dangers persist

- Associated Press

Florida's post-Irma recovery picked up momentum Friday as power outages dropped and schools made plans to reopen. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained nearly a week after the powerful storm hit.

In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press briefing the State of Texas Emergency Command Center at Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin, Texas. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Sanctuary city compliance doesn't bother some police departments

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement agencies across the country have used Justice Department grants to pay for everything from new police dogs to body-worn cameras for officers — funds the Trump administration has threatened to pull if cities decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

In this July 26, 2013, file photo, a motorist fills up with gasoline containing ethanol in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Push for summer gas to be sold year-round

- The Washington Times

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the ethanol lobby has seized on the Trump administration's decision to prematurely lift a ban on summer sales of E15 gasoline — a move made to thwart potential gas shortages due to the two massive storms — as further proof the policy is outdated and should be scrapped by Congress.

This image provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows what the new Medicare cards will look like. The cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers will be placed on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services via AP)

Medicare to issue new cards in anti-fraud measure

- The Washington Times

Medicare enrollees will receive brand-new cards that replace their Social Security numbers with unique IDs, the Trump administration said Thursday, hoping to crack down on the type of identity theft and fraud that's soaking the federal insurance program.