The Trump Administration has signed off on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in a major reversal of the Obama Administration's position to stop the construction of the pipeline. TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, is now clear to construct, operate and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana. That means there are still more permits needed.
U.S.-backed Syrian forces have taken control of a strategic dam that blocks ISIS fighters from escaping Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital. The U.S. military provided helicopters, ground forces and artillery.
U.S. officials say seizing Tabqa Dam will isolate Raqqah from three sides and give the U.S.-backed forces a strategic advantage they need to free the city from ISIS control.
Federal officials say the dam has been used as ISIS headquarters since jihadists took over the city in 2013.
Three months after Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America for $2.6 billion, Alaska says they're phasing out the Virgin America name. Alaska Airlines officials say it'll likely happen sometime in 2019. The company plans to keep Virgin America perks like mood lighting and free in-flight entertainment. Forbes reports Alaska Air's shares are up 18% since the acquisition was announced.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says women can develop a rare form of cancer following breast implants. The FDA says the condition is called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma and happens more often with textured breast implants. According to the FDA, nine women have died from BIA-ALCL. The FDA says out of 231 reports on the cancer with implant surface information, 203 were reported to be textured and 28 were smooth implants.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says if confirmed he will set aside his personal beliefs and follow the law. Judge Gorsuch is in the second day of his confirmation hearing. Gorsuch was grilled by senators. Gorsuch indicated he would be able to hold President Trump accountable, but would not say how he would rule on hot button issues like abortion, gun regulation and Trump's travel bans.