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Randy Moore has been named chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday. Moore will be the first African American to lead the agency in its 116-year history.

The big picture: The Forest Service oversees 600 million acres of forestland. Moore is slated to begin after current Forest Service head Vicki Christiansen steps down on July 26.

  • Moore has led the Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region, which is comprised of 18 national forests in California, since 2007.
  • He previously served as the regional forester of the Eastern Region.

What they're saying: "Randy Moore has been a catalyst for change and creativity in carrying out the Forest Service’s mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations," Vilsack said in a statement.

  • “In his role as Regional Forester, Randy has been a conservation leader on the forefront of climate change, most notably leading the Region’s response to the dramatic increase in catastrophic wildfires in California over the last decade," he added.
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The latest: The wildfire had grown to more than 199,600 acres and was 18% contained, as it threatened almost 34,000 homes and other structures in the area, per the Sacramento Bee.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

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Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."