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White House directed Bannon silence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. As lawmakers probed…

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Ryan presses Dems to back bill keeping government open
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [07:25 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats on Wednesday to back legislation preventing a weekend federal shutdown. But he gave little ground on the partisan battle over immigration, an issue many Democrats say must be resolved before…

Lamont launches bid for governor
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [07:24 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Businessman and one-time Senate candidate Ned Lamont launched another bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Connecticut on Wednesday, expressing frustration over the state’s continuing budget crises. The 2006 upstart U.S. Senate candidate from Greenwich said…

Tuesday 01/16/2018
Tillerson looks for backing on N. Korea
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [08:43 PM]

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea by thwarting sanctions evasion and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade with the pariah nation. The…

Judge: Manafort trial unlikely until September
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [08:42 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will face trial no sooner than September, the judge hearing his case indicated after an hour-long hearing Tuesday in which prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over his continuing house…

House panel wants Bannon to explain Comey firing
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [08:40 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a source familiar with the panel’s interview of the former White House…

Snow and ice coat the nation from deep South to Northeast
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [08:39 PM]

ATLANTA - Winter weather turned travel treacherous across the South, shutting down interstates in Louisiana, causing highway crashes in Kentucky and closing airport runways in Texas as snow turned the red clay white and prompted schools to close across the…

Monday 01/15/2018
Russia slams American demands on Iran
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [09:48 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners.…

Turkey vows to 'drown' US-backed Syrian Kurds
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [09:46 PM]

BEIRUT - Turkey’s president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea. President Recep…

New Jersey's Christie leaves office
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [09:34 PM]

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey will say farewell to blunt-talking Republican Gov. Chris Christie as a wealthy former Obama administration diplomat and businessman is sworn in as governor. Democrat Phil Murphy, 60, is set to take the oath of…

MLK Day marked by criticism of Trump
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [09:32 PM]

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion, while King’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where King preached passionately decried disparaging…

Sunday 01/14/2018
Chelsea Manning to run for Senate
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [10:20 PM]

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Chelsea Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate. Three days after making her intention known to federal election officials, Manning tweeted “yup, we’re running for senate” with an…

Montecito death toll hits 20
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [10:19 PM]

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) - Parishioners prayed on Sunday for those killed and for families still searching for missing relatives in a Southern California community ravaged by mudslides, and authorities announced another body had been found, increasing the death toll to…

Missile-alert error fuels doubts about real emergency
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [10:16 PM]

HONOLULU (AP) - A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government’s ability to keep them informed in a…

Friday 01/12/2018
Trump hands Iran nuke deal 'last chance,' waives sanctions
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:50 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to America’s European allies to fix the “terrible flaws” in the Iran nuclear deal, or he’ll pull the U.S. out in a few months’ time. Trump made the threat as…

California mudslides kill couple of 50 years, 4 kids
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:41 PM]

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) - The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly…

U.S. Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:35 PM]

PARIS (AP) - The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday. The revelation suggests the group…

Thursday 01/11/2018
hope-of-finding-mudslide-survivors-dims Hope of finding mudslide survivors dims
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:35 PM]

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) - More than two full days after mudslides ravaged this coastal town, the search for the missing became an…

Protests continue in birthplace of Arab Spring
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:33 PM]

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisian police arrested 328 people and fired tear gas as protesters hurled rocks and burned tires during further nationwide demonstrations over price rises. European governments warned travelers about the multi-day outbreak of unrest in the birthplace…

Wednesday 01/10/2018
15-dead-24-missing-in-california-mudslides 15 dead, 24 missing in California mudslides
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [07:47 PM]

and AMANDA LEE MYERS MONTECITO, Calif. - Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for two…

cold-snap-puts-heat-on-rundown-schools Cold snap puts heat on run-down schools
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [07:44 PM]

BALTIMORE - The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where…

Trump open to talks with Kim Jong Un (maybe)
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [07:42 PM]

and KEN THOMAS WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea’s leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un’s government under the right circumstances.…

Tuesday 01/09/2018
Controversial Arizona ex-sheriff to run for Senate
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [08:06 PM]

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge’s order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the…

At least five dead as mud, rocks destroy homes in California
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [08:06 PM]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California…

Russia takes aim at U.S. over attacks
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [08:04 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia said Tuesday that a recent series of drone attacks on its military bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology - a statement that appeared to be aimed at the…

N. Korea to go to Olympics in S. Korea after talks
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [08:04 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The rival Koreas moved toward easing their bitter animosity Tuesday during rare talks, with North Korea agreeing to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. The countries also agreed to hold more…

Monday 01/08/2018
Iran FM warns neighbors against unrest
icon Posted: 08 January 2018 [07:27 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran’s foreign minister on Monday warned neighboring countries against fomenting unrest after anti-government protests roiled the country over the past two weeks. The remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif at a security conference in Tehran echoed previous…

U.S. ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants
icon Posted: 08 January 2018 [07:26 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Monday it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, an action that could force nearly 200,000 to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation. El Salvador is the fourth country whose…

'Fire and Fury' author, publisher stand by their book
icon Posted: 08 January 2018 [07:25 PM]

WASHINGTON - The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump’s fitness for office on Monday contradicted Steve Bannon’s explanation of comments that had angered his former boss. The book publisher said any effort by Trump to…

Sunday 01/07/2018
Trump tweets that he's 'like, really smart' and 'a very stable genius'
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:41 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know he’s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his mental fitness and boasted about…

Friday 01/05/2018
In D.C., people lined up at midnight for Trump expose
icon Posted: 05 January 2018 [11:27 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The wind chill hit minus-3 degrees the night “Fire and Fury” came to town. But neither polar vortex nor “bomb cyclone” nor gloom of night could keep Washington’s political gossipmongers from lining up at Kramerbooks…

Hard-line cleric says social media spurred Iran protests and unrest
icon Posted: 05 January 2018 [11:27 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran’s capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over…

Koreas will meet for talks next week
icon Posted: 05 January 2018 [11:26 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The rival Koreas will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics in the South and to improve their abysmal…

Tax cuts could fade
icon Posted: 05 January 2018 [11:26 PM]

WASHINGTON - It’s a Christmas gift the middle class might want to give back in a few years. The Republican tax plan bestows an initial infusion of cash on nearly every taxpayer next year. That extra income is likely to…

A look at the most sweeping tax plan passed in 30 years
icon Posted: 05 January 2018 [11:26 PM]

WASHINGTON - It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a tax code that stifles business investment, keeps trillions in corporate profits languishing overseas and slows the American economy. So argue Republicans in Congress, who hail their tax overhaul as an economic…

Thursday 01/04/2018
Major winter storm hits huge swath of country
icon Posted: 04 January 2018 [08:41 PM]

HARTFORD - Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard…

Strength of Iranian protests uncertain after a week of unrest
icon Posted: 04 January 2018 [08:38 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran - The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets. It wasn’t immediately…

Terror link probed in Ireland stabbing death
icon Posted: 04 January 2018 [08:35 PM]

LONDON (AP) - A Japanese man was stabbed to death and two others were injured in separate attacks on the streets of Ireland Wednesday, and police investigating the incidents said terrorism is one line of inquiry. Police said an 18-year-old…

Wednesday 01/03/2018
North Korea opens communications channel with South
icon Posted: 03 January 2018 [09:29 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking…

Trump: Bannon has 'lost his mind'
icon Posted: 03 January 2018 [09:28 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump returned fire with both barrels Wednesday against criticism leveled at him in a new book that says he never expected - or wanted - to win the White House, his victory left his wife…

Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department
icon Posted: 03 January 2018 [09:26 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the…

Tuesday 01/02/2018
South Korea offers talks with North on Olympics
icon Posted: 02 January 2018 [08:50 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North…

Iran's supreme leader blames 'enemies' for meddling
icon Posted: 02 January 2018 [08:49 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran - Breaking his silence over nationwide protests that included calls for his ouster, Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed the demonstrations on “enemies of Iran,” saying they were meddling in its internal affairs. The remarks by Ayatollah Ali…

Trump sounds open after North Korean address
icon Posted: 02 January 2018 [08:48 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump sounded open Tuesday to the possibility of an inter-Korean dialogue after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare overture toward South Korea in a New Year’s address. But Trump’s ambassador to the…

Monday 01/01/2018
13-dead-as-iran-protests-escalate 13 dead as Iran protests escalate
icon Posted: 01 January 2018 [10:15 PM]

and JON GAMBRELL TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Protests across Iran saw their most violent night as “armed protesters” tried to overrun military…

North Korea may send athletes to Olympics
icon Posted: 01 January 2018 [10:13 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his…