Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Since 2010, dozens of companies have violated environmental rules and have received more than $2.6 billion in public money
“While the provincial government says it has been putting environmental compliance clauses in funding agreements for a decade, it could not provide one instance where public funds were stopped or clawed back.
“The Ontario government told the Star it will now be looking at measures that would ensure one ministry is not handing companies money while another ministry is trying to rein in their polluting.”
2. White House plans to Replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
“It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Mr. Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department. Mr. Tillerson was at the White House on Thursday morning, although he was not listed on the White House public schedule.
“Asked by reporters on Thursday if he wanted Mr. Tillerson to stay on the job, Mr. Trump said only, ‘He’s here. Rex is here.'”
+1: The latest report about the secretary of state’s possible ouster undermines his credibility as America’s top diplomat. – The Atlantic
+1: State Dept. warned White House about possible increased threats after anti-Muslim tweets – CNN
3. Russia says it will ignore any UN ban of killer robots
“Russian diplomats delivered a message for those who want to ban killer robots: Russia will build them no matter what. That is the sum total of what happened during a week of discussion on the issue of weapons and vehicles operated by artificial intelligence in Geneva.”
4. I tried emailing like your boss and it made my life way better
“Replying immediately and with two words to all emails is actually heaven.”
5. New York City has genetically distinct ‘uptown’ and ‘downtown’ rats
“‘If you gave us a rat, we could tell whether it came from the West Village or the East Village.'”