Jeff Sessions to run for Senate — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with knowledge of his plans said Wednesday. Sessions, 72, stepped down as President Donald Trump’s first attorney general when their relationship soured over his recusal from the Russia investigation. The longtime senator’s candidacy upends the 2020 primary, which has a crowded field competing to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones for the once reliably red seat.
Chinese fentanyl sentences — A Chinese court sentenced three fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. There was one death sentence, two life imprisonment terms and other lesser sentences.
Religious objections rule struck down — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that could open the way for more health care workers to refuse to participate in abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer said the U.S. Health and Human Services Department overstepped its authority. He also said the measure could be costly, burdensome and damaging to emergency care and that the whole rationale for the rule was based on a lie.
Mexico violence — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday rejected U.S. suggestions he get more aggressive against violence after this week’s massacre of fundamentalist Mormons in northern Mexico. The leftist leader said the war-on-drugs approach has been a “disaster” in the past.