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Lead lawyer Dowd exits Trump team

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president’s team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding Trump’s defense. The…

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Thursday 03/22/2018
Syrian rebels leaving town; other surrenders may follow
icon Posted: 22 March 2018 [06:51 PM]

BEIRUT (AP) - Hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives began evacuating a key besieged town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, marking the first such rebel surrender from the bombed-out region east of Damascus. The departure of opposition fighters…

Wednesday 03/21/2018
Maldives former dictator, judges charged with terrorism
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:58 PM]

MALE, Maldives (AP) - Authorities charged the Maldives longtime former dictator and top judges and police officials with terrorism Tuesday as the government deals with political turmoil that prompted a weeks-long state of emergency. The nine people charged at the…

Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:58 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook…

Spending bill to be unveiled
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:57 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill officially dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as talks entered the final stage…

Austin bombing suspect blows himself up
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:56 PM]

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could…

Tuesday 03/20/2018
Trump congratulates Putin; summit eyed
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [08:45 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election Tuesday and the leaders discussed arranging a possible bilateral meeting, the Kremlin and Trump said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders…

Parliament panel wants to question Zuckerberg
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [08:43 PM]

LONDON (AP) - A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used to influence elections. The request comes amid…

Package explodes at Texas FedEx distribution center
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [08:40 PM]

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A package bomb believed to be linked to the recent bombings in Austin exploded early Tuesday inside a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries, and a second unexploded bomb was…

Md. high school shooting: 1 dead, 2 wounded
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [08:37 PM]

Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. - A teenager with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire…

Monday 03/19/2018
Woman hit, killed by self-driving car
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [09:22 PM]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the…

Tripwire bombing ups fear factor in Austin
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [09:21 PM]

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Fear mounted across Texas’ capital on Monday after the fourth bombing this month - a blast triggered this time by a nearly invisible tripwire, demonstrating what police called a “higher level of sophistication” than the package…

Trump opioid strategy includes death penalty
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [09:20 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said. It’s a fate for drug dealers that…

Some in GOP alarmed as Trump tweets against Mueller
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [09:16 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the escalating Russia investigation, insisting in a new tweet Monday that it was “a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!” The comment came a day after a…

Sunday 03/18/2018
Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3-trillion spending plan
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:05 PM]

WASHINGTON - Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful…

Trump elevates simmering grievances to boil
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:04 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller’s investigation and says the probe is groundless, while raising doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Trump. Trump on Sunday…

Putin heads for big win in fraud-tainted vote
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:04 PM]

MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia’s presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world’s largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted…

McCabe kept memos on Trump dealings
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:03 PM]

WASHINGTON - Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and…

Friday 03/16/2018
Trump, South Korea's Moon vow to keep max pressure on North Korea
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:22 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who are both planning to meet North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un this spring, pledged Friday to maintain “maximum pressure” on his authoritarian regime and seek action on…

Bridge given 'stress test' before it collapsed
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [08:47 PM]

MIAMI - Authorities said Friday that cables supporting a pedestrian bridge under construction in Florida were being tightened following a “stress test” when the 950-ton concrete span collapsed over traffic, killing at least six people, injuring 10 others and flattening…

Thursday 03/15/2018
Thousands flee Syrian towns
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [08:05 PM]

BEIRUT (AP) - Thousands of civilians streamed out of two besieged enclaves on opposite sides of Syria on Thursday, crossing on foot and in pick-up trucks and tractors to safety after suffering weeks of shelling and bombardment at Turkish and…

U.S. OKs extradition of suspected Nazi collaborator to Poland
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [08:00 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - American authorities are moving ahead with Poland’s request to extradite a 99-year-old Minnesota man to be tried on allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians, Polish prosecutors said Thursday. Polish authorities…

Trump accuses Russians of trying to hack electric grid
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:59 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of a concerted operation to hack the U.S. energy grid and other critical infrastructure including aviation, and separately imposed sanctions on a raft of Russian officials for alleged high-tech interference…

Multiple fatalities in Florida bridge collapse
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:48 PM]

MIAMI - A pedestrian bridge being built across an eight-lane highway collapsed at a Miami-area college Thursday, crushing eight vehicles under massive slabs and killing multiple people, authorities said. Search and rescue missions were underway Thursday night. Eight people were…

Wednesday 03/14/2018
Mueller wants to interview Trump, who may have no options
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [08:30 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The special counsel’s office wants to talk to Donald Trump about the firings of James Comey and Michael Flynn, but as the president’s lawyers negotiate the terms and scope of a possible interview, they’re left with no…

UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [08:28 PM]

LONDON - Britain announced Wednesday it will expel almost two dozen Russian diplomats, sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow and take both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy, plunging U.K.-Russian relations into…

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [08:26 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died Wednesday. He was 76. Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, according to a statement by the University…

Parkland students lead walkouts
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [08:24 PM]

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida walked out of their classrooms Wednesday, gathered on the campus football field, and embraced each other. As the school chorus played inspirational music over a loudspeaker, the…

Tuesday 03/13/2018
Polish president refused call from Tillerson, aide says
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [07:08 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Aides to Polish President Andrzej Duda have tacitly confirmed media reports that the president recently refused to accept a call from then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The news reports say Tillerson was calling to discuss…

Russia calls accusations of poisoning 'nonsense'
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [07:07 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Russia on Tuesday dismissed accusations of any involvement in the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter as “nonsense,” saying it will only cooperate with a British investigation if it receives samples of the nerve agent believed…

Siege of Syrian Kurdish town underway
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [07:04 PM]

BEIRUT - Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters have begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Afrin, the Turkish military said Tuesday, marking a significant advance in Ankara’s seven-week operation that also almost fully encircles hundreds of…

In dramatic shakeup, Trump replaces Tillerson with Pompeo
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [07:03 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet on Tuesday and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place, abruptly ending Tillerson’s turbulent tenure as America’s top diplomat and escalating the administration’s…

Monday 03/12/2018
Russian military tests hypersonic missile
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [06:58 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian military said it has conducted a successful test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile capable of sneaking through enemy defenses. A video posted by the Defense Ministry Sunday showed a MiG-31 fighter jet launching a Kinzhal…

Pakistani swears in senators, including Hindu woman
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [06:57 PM]

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan swore in newly-elected members of the Senate on Monday, including for the first time a woman from the country’s marginalized Hindu minority, as allegations swirled that others had bribed their way to becoming lawmakers. The scandals…

Trump Jr., donor have longtime undisclosed ties
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [06:55 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since…

Sunday 03/11/2018
Trump's plan will seek to 'harden' schools against shootings
icon Posted: 11 March 2018 [07:26 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s plan to combat school shootings will include a call on states to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons and an effort to “harden” schools so they’re less vulnerable to attacks. White House…

Friday 03/09/2018
Tens of thousands protest in Slovakia at journalist's death
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [08:55 PM]

PRAGUE (AP) - Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied in massive anti-government protests across the country on Friday to demand a thorough investigation of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, and changes in government. The protesters packed…

Polish official confirms documents revealing U.S.-Polish strain
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [08:54 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s foreign minister on Friday acknowledged the existence of an internal ministry document that reveals tension in the U.S.-Polish relationship but denied Polish media suggestions that Washington is imposing “sanctions.” The strains have emerged over new…

AP finds NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools in recent years
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [08:53 PM]

ASSOCIATED PRESS The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they’ll follow the lead…

Thursday 03/08/2018
Women strike, protest on International Women's Day
icon Posted: 08 March 2018 [08:54 PM]

MADRID (AP) - Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment Thursday to mark International Women’s Day, with protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike and crowds of demonstrators filling the streets of Manila, Seoul…

11 nations sign Pacific trade pact as U.S. plans new tariffs
icon Posted: 08 March 2018 [08:54 PM]

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected to formalize new tariffs on aluminum…

Trump to meet with video game execs, critics
icon Posted: 08 March 2018 [08:54 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Korean officials are to brief the White House Thursday on the outcome of their pathfinding meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a U.S. official said. Seoul has reported that North Korea offered talks with…

Wednesday 03/07/2018
Trade deficit highest since 2008
icon Posted: 07 March 2018 [02:51 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. trade deficit rose in January to the highest level since October 2008, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade with the rest of the world. The Commerce Department said Wednesday…

Dems would reverse tax cuts to fund infrastructure
icon Posted: 07 March 2018 [02:49 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn’t opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans…

Poland indicts Moroccan suspected of IS ties
icon Posted: 07 March 2018 [02:48 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish prosecutors said Wednesday they have indicted a Moroccan man for alleged participation in the Islamic State group. The national prosecutor’s office said the man, identified under Poland’s privacy laws only as Mourad T., was active…

Trump aide departs after trade disagreement
icon Posted: 07 March 2018 [02:46 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy, the latest in a string of high-level departures from the West Wing. Cohn, the director of the National…

Tuesday 03/06/2018
Polish lawmakers condemn Communist-era purge of Jews
icon Posted: 06 March 2018 [08:57 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s lawmakers approved a resolution Tuesday to mark mass anti-communist protests that occurred 50 years ago and to condemn an anti-Semitic purge that ensued. Both the right-wing ruling party and the opposition backed the resolution on…

N. Korea apparently willing to talk nukes with U.S.
icon Posted: 06 March 2018 [08:56 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed a willingness to discuss nuclear disarmament with the United States and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests during such talks, a senior South Korean official…

Senate closer to vote on banking regulations rollback
icon Posted: 06 March 2018 [08:55 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved closer Tuesday to passing legislation to roll back some of the safeguards Congress put in place to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis. Enough Democrats supported a procedural vote on the bipartisan bill…

Monday 03/05/2018
Seoul officials head to N. Korea for talks
icon Posted: 05 March 2018 [06:33 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea’s president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang…