National Briefs: Official shifted in border flap

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WASHINGTON — The head of in­ter­nal af­fairs for U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion was re­moved from his post Mon­day amid crit­i­cism that he failed to in­ves­ti­gate hun­dreds of al­le­ga­tions of abuse and use of force by armed bor­der agents, of­fi­cials said.

James Tom­scheck, who has held the post since 2006, is a 30-year vet­eran of fed­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies. He was given a tem­po­rary as­sign­ment in an­other job in Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion, which is the par­ent agency of the Border Patrol. FBI di­rec­tor James Comey will as­sign an FBI agent to re­place Mr. Tom­scheck with or­ders to be more ag­gres­sive at in­ves­ti­gat­ing abuse cases, of­fi­cials said. It is highly un­usual for a fed­eral agency to bring an out­sider in to run in­ter­nal af­fairs.

Auto­makers bail out city

DETROIT — The Detroit In­sti­tute of Arts an­nounced Mon­day that the na­tion’s three ma­jor auto­makers would do­nate a com­bined $26 mil­lion to help save the city’s art col­lec­tion, bring­ing the city a step closer to com­plet­ing a deal aimed at com­ing out of bank­ruptcy by fall. The Ford Mo­tor Co. and Gen­eral Mo­tors each com­mit­ted to giv­ing $10 mil­lion to help the in­sti­tute raise $100 mil­lion as part of a so-called grand bar­gain that would also ease pen­sion cuts for city re­tirees. Chrysler, the small­est of the three U.S. auto­makers, will con­trib­ute $6 mil­lion.

Chris­tie aide tes­ti­fies

TRENTON, N.J. — The chief of staff for Gov. Chris Chris­tie of New Jer­sey tes­ti­fied Mon­day that he had no knowl­edge of the de­ci­sion to close sev­eral traf­fic lanes at the George Wash­ing­ton Bridge in Sep­tem­ber.

The chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd, the high­est-rank­ing mem­ber of the Chris­tie ad­min­is­tra­tion to tes­tify over the scan­dal be­fore a state leg­is­la­tive com­mit­tee, also said he be­lieved the as­sur­ances of his dep­uty, Brid­get Anne Kelly, that she was not in­volved, a po­si­tion later un­der­mined by emails and text mes­sages.

Clin­ton re­jected swap

CHICAGO — Former Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said in her new book that the United States ini­tially re­jected re­leas­ing Tal­i­ban fight­ers in a pris­oner ex­change for Army Sgt. Bowe Berg­dahl.

In a mem­oir to be re­leased to­day, Ms. Clin­ton de­scribes early ne­go­ti­a­tions that even­tu­ally led to Sgt. Berg­dahl’s re­lease May 31 af­ter nearly five years of cap­tiv­ity in a swap for five Tal­i­ban pris­on­ers held by the U.S. at the Guan­tan­amo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

Woman to lead church

NEW YORK — New York's River­side Church, one of the best-known lib­eral Prot­es­tant con­gre­ga­tions in the United States, se­lected a woman to lead it for the first time in its 84-year his­tory, the church said on Mon­day.

The Rev. Amy But­ler was elected Sun­day as the church's sev­enth se­nior min­is­ter af­ter a two-year search. Rev. But­ler has served as the se­nior min­is­ter of the Wash­ing­ton-based Cal­vary Bap­tist Church since 2003 and spent years be­fore that min­is­ter­ing to home­less women in New Or­le­ans, ac­cord­ing to the church's web­site.

Hero’s state­ment

SEATTLE — Col­lege stu­dent Jon Meis, who has shied away from the spot­light since he ended a Se­at­tle cam­pus shoot­ing by pep­per-spray­ing the gun­man last week, said Mon­day it’s hard to ac­cept his sta­tus as a hero.

Mr. Meis, 22, is­sued a writ­ten state­ment through Se­at­tle Pa­cific Univer­sity, where the shoot­ing oc­curred Thurs­day.


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