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.
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.