Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
U.S. Justice Department resumes use of death penalty, schedules five executions
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday reinstated a two-decades-long dormant policy allowing the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates. "Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President," Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
Prevagen maker must face FTC, New York claims that memory supplement does not work
Quincy Bioscience failed to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general said it deceptively marketed the dietary supplement Prevagen by claiming it improved memory despite a lack of scientific evidence. In a decision released on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan rejected Quincy's claim that the FTC exceeded its powers in bringing the January 2017 lawsuit because it lacked a quorum of commissioners to decide whether to sue.
U.S. lawmakers delay action to hold Trump adviser Conway in contempt
U.S. lawmakers have backed off on plans to hold White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena last week as a string of current and former Trump officials spurn congressional oversight. Conway, Republican President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, had failed to appear at a July 15 congressional hearing relating to allegations she violated laws limiting federal employees' political activity.
Golfing Russian eagle on presidential seal at Trump rally raises eyebrows
White House officials on Thursday were baffled as to why a doctored presidential seal - including an eagle clutching golf clubs in its talons instead of arrows - was projected on stage at an event at which U.S. President Donald Trump spoke. The seal was displayed on Tuesday at Turning Point USA's student summit, where Trump gave a raucous 80-minute speech and was greeted warmly by the youthful audience.
U.S. House panel approves subpoenas for Trump officials' private emails
A Democratic-led congressional committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for official White House communications sent through private email and messaging services by senior officials in President Donald Trump's administration, deepening a probe into potential violations of government record-keeping laws. The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted 23-16 along party lines to allow its chairman, Elijah Cummings, to issue the subpoenas to White House officials including the Republican president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Sixteen U.S. Marines arrested on suspicion of human trafficking
Sixteen U.S. Marines were arrested on Thursday at their base in Southern California on suspicion of drug-related offenses and the smuggling of undocumented migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. military officials said. The arrests at Camp Pendleton stemmed from a separate investigation of two other Marines arrested earlier this month on human trafficking charges filed by federal prosecutors in San Diego, a base spokesman said.
Actor Janice Dickinson's defamation suit against Bill Cosby settled by insurer
Actor Janice Dickinson reached a settlement with Bill Cosby"s insurance company on Thursday, ending a civil lawsuit she filed against the comedian after his representatives disputed her account that he had raped her, her lawyer said on Thursday. Dickinson, a successful model in the 1970s and 1980s who also appeared in several television shows, is one of dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Some of the allegations date back decades.
California, four automakers defy Trump, agree to tighten emissions rules
Four major automakers said on Thursday they have reached an agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules, bypassing a Trump administration effort to strip the state of the right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. California and other states had vowed to enforce stricter Obama-era emissions standards, after President Donald Trump proposed rolling back the federal rules. Automakers had worried that court battles between state and federal governments could create years of uncertainty for manufacturers.
Puerto Rico governor to resign, protesters warn successor: 'You're next'
Puerto Ricans danced among the brightly colored houses of San Juan on Thursday after Governor Ricardo Rosselló capitulated to 12 days of protests and resigned, but many in the crowd warned they would reject the person in line to succeed him. The first-term governor told the island just before midnight that he would resign on Aug. 2 in the face of public anger over profane chat messages and a corruption scandal that drew as many as 500,000 protesters onto the island capital's streets.
U.S. House passes Trump-backed spending and debt limit bill
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation touted by President Donald Trump that would accelerate rising federal budget deficits and suspend limits on Washington's borrowing powers over the next two years. By a bipartisan vote of 284-149, the House approved the bill, sending it to the Senate, which is expected to debate it next week.