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Lewandowski is said to be interviewed in Senate Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's onetime presidential campaign manager, was questioned Wednesday behind close doors by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The committee, like its House counterpart, has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether there ...Read more

Guantanamo guards seize confidential Sept. 11 terror trial defense files

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In the latest challenge to attorney-client confidentiality here, prison guards on Wednesday seized the court-approved, non-networked laptop computers and hard drives issued to the accused Sept. 11 attack plotters to prepare for their death penalty trials.

Army Col. James L. Pohl, the case judge, ordered the ...Read more

USC medical school dean saw patients after taking meth, investigators allege

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LOS ANGELES -- For more than a year while he was dean of the University of Southern California's medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito abused drugs on days he worked as an eye doctor in university facilities and "would return to his medical office to see patients within hours of using methamphetamine," a state investigation alleges.

Puliafito ...Read more

McCaskill in hot seat at White House as Trump courts swing state Democrats on taxes

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WASHINGTON -- Claire McCaskill thinks she knows why she sat right next to President Donald Trump at the White House. Of the Democrats invited to talk taxes in the West Wing on Wednesday, Trump won her state by the widest margin.

Five Senate Democrats, all facing tough re-election bids next year and representing states Trump won in November, got...Read more

Trump thinks he owns Renoir, but Art Institute says real one hangs in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- There are two versions of French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Two Sisters (On The Terrace)."

One has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago since 1933.

The other is in President Donald Trump's New York apartment.

But one of them is a fake -- and the Art Institute says it isn't the one in Chicago.

Trump, apparently, ...Read more

Judge rules detained teenage immigrant must be allowed to have an abortion

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration must stop blocking a pregnant teenage immigrant currently being held in custody in Texas from getting an abortion, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Immigration officials have been refusing to allow the 17-year-old, known in court as Jane Doe, to travel to an abortion clinic from the shelter for ...Read more

Why tax cuts won't generate as much economic growth as Trump hopes

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans talk about their tax overhaul plan as if it's a sure-fire bet for the economy.

Far from it. There's little historical evidence that tax cuts actually pay off in boosting economic growth long-term.

And today's combination of high federal debt and a tight labor market casts even ...Read more

Trump is said to tell senators they might see his taxes one day

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday that they may see his tax returns one day, according to a Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting.

The aide said the remark appeared to be flippant, and it's not clear the attendees believed the president. Democrats have pushed for Trump to release his tax...Read more

Bipartisan tax bill more durable, GOP says after White House meeting

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WASHINGTON -- After huddling with President Donald Trump and a handful of Democrats, Senate Republican tax writers said an overhaul bill that secures bipartisan support would be more "durable" than a GOP-only path.

Senate Republicans are moving ahead with plans to ensure a tax bill could pass with as few as 50 GOP votes, with Vice President ...Read more

Chasing millions in Medicaid dollars, hospitals buy up nursing homes

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Westminster Village North, a nursing home and retirement community in Indianapolis, recently added 25 beds and two kitchens to speed food delivery to residents. It also redesigned patient rooms to ease wheelchair use and added Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. This fall, it's opening a new assisted living unit.

"We have seen amazing changes ...Read more

Russian oligarch's libel suit over Manafort report is dismissed

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A U.S. judge dismissed a libel lawsuit filed by a Russian oligarch against The Associated Press over an article about his business relationship a decade ago with Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

AP, citing interviews and business records, reported March 22 that Manafort, a political ...Read more

Deputy encounters big bear doing some window shopping on Lake Tahoe street

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Placer County Sheriff's Office deputy encountered a big bear sauntering down North Lake Boulevard in King's Beach, Lake Tahoe, on Tuesday night.

"Hey, big boy. Don't be breaking into any of them businesses," the deputy joked from his car. The bear slowly walks down the street from the Taco Bell and then crosses to the ...Read more

Florida city eyes new street names to replace those named for Confederate leaders

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Lee, Hood and Forrest streets -- three Hollywood streets named for Confederate war leaders -- may soon be christened Liberty, Hope and Freedom.

After years of debate, Hollywood plans to say farewell to the controversial street names honoring Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also the first ...Read more

Pentagon postpones Guantanamo prosecutor's retirement until 2019

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The Army has postponed the looming retirement of chief war crimes prosecutor Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who will stay in the job "for at least another two years," a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Martins has had the job for six years. He was due to retire on Nov. 1, but instead, the Army "deferred" his ...Read more

Trump's 'fake news' claims are real, say 46 percent of voters in poll

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WASHINGTON -- It isn't just President Donald Trump who thinks the media engages in "fake news" about him and his administration.

A poll by Morning Consult and Politico, the Washington, D.C-area media brand, shows that 46 percent of registered voters believe the nation's major news organizations fabricate stories about the president, his ...Read more

Tillerson uses speech on 'partner' India to take jab at China

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WASHINGTON -- Ahead of his first trip to India, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday used a speech about the world's largest democracy to take a jab at the Pacific region's other powerhouse, China.

Tillerson heaped praise on India's vibrant growth and declared the United States its partner.

He also commended India for respecting ...Read more

Vice president's brother files papers to run for Congress in Indiana

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WASHINGTON -- Greg Pence, the oldest brother of Vice President Mike Pence, has filed paperwork to run for Congress, The Associated Press reports.

Pence has long been considering running for Indiana's 6th District, which Rep. Luke Messer is vacating to run for Senate. Pence is currently the finance chair of Messer's Senate campaign.

Pence has ...Read more

Kenyan election official flees to US in fear, saying new election will not be fair

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JOHANNESBURG -- A repeat presidential election in Kenya due next week was plunged into crisis Wednesday when senior electoral officials spoke out against threats and interference from politicians, and a senior electoral commissioner fled to the U.S. citing death threats.

With a new election due in just over a week, after the Supreme Court ...Read more

Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he would not answer questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump leading up to the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey, saying he considered them confidential.

Sessions, the former senator from Alabama and 20-year member of the Senate ...Read more

Executives of firm tied to Trump dossier won't answer queries

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WASHINGTON -- Two executives of a firm that helped produce an opposition research dossier that makes salacious claims about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia refused to answer questions Wednesday in a private meeting with the House Intelligence Committee.

Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan invoked their Fifth Amendment ...Read more

 

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