Latest News Crack on Florida Bridge Was Discussed in Meeting Hours Before Collapse 2018-03-17T17:48:31.000000000+00:00 The engineer of the bridge presented the crack to the construction manager and the State Department of Transportation but said there were no safety concerns. Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future 2018-03-17T17:36:52.000000000+00:00 Mr. Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps the presidency. Opinion: Grab a Pillow: Weekend Reads From Opinion 2018-03-17T17:31:41.000000000+00:00 Catch up on some of our favorite recent pieces. How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions 2018-03-17T17:19:11.000000000+00:00 Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign. Oakland Embraces Marijuana Sales. Compton Bans Them. How Is Justice Best Served? 2018-03-17T17:06:54.000000000+00:00 A program in Oakland that offers marijuana licenses to those with prior convictions contrasts with Compton, where voters banned marijuana sales. On College Basketball: Virginia Loses in a Way No One Will Ever Forget 2018-03-17T17:01:01.000000000+00:00 Virginia’s defeat against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County may have been historic and shocking, but it is explainable. Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended 2018-03-17T16:45:37.000000000+00:00 The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself. Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Escalating Row Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning 2018-03-17T16:35:50.000000000+00:00 The order came days after Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled the same number of Russian diplomats. Bridge Collapse Saps Spirits and Research Efforts at Florida International University 2018-03-17T16:21:30.000000000+00:00 The pedestrian bridge collapse has dealt a blow to the school and to a center there devoted to accelerated bridge construction. This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It. 2018-03-17T15:44:01.000000000+00:00 Scientists and government officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.