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Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and that Trump is ...

Supreme Court considers fate of cross-shaped war memorial

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is diving into a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life in a case about a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. Those challenging the cross say that if the court allows it to stand on public land, ...

Cohen prepared testimony: Trump is ‘racist,’ ‘liar,’ ‘cheat’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is preparing to tell a House committee Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to his rival Hillary Clinton's presidential ...

Tornado death confirmed as violent storms smack the South

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The full extent of the damage was coming into view Sunday after a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city, killing at least one person and shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising ...

Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, ...

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?

By JEFFREY COLLINS and REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city's billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed ...

Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with ...

A stern memo about Manafort says he ‘brazenly violated’ law

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, ...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

By SARA BURNETT and GREG MCCUNE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the ...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House ...

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ...

Border wall could be tricky issue, especially for O’Rourke

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Beto O'Rourke's hometown to argue that walling off the southern border makes the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready. As the president filled an El ...

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the ...

Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy ...

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents

By JILL COLVIN and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers' tentative deal that would give him far less than he's been demanding and declaring ...

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had ...

2 Parkland moms now divided over guns

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — It's an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre : two terrified moms outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one of them a tall, weeping blonde with the black smudge of Ash Wednesday on her forehead, the other a ...

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family while a revolution upended her homeland and fractured ...

Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political ...

New US-Mexico border barrier charts tricky course near homes

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ALONG THE SAN DIEGO-TIJUANA BORDER (AP) — For all practical purposes, the purple-and-white stucco shrine that Jose Arias built to celebrate his recovery from a heart attack and honor his family lies in Mexico. The only way in and out of his plywood shack ...