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Prosecutors subpoena Trump's inaugural committee

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

Federal prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.



US officials fear IS fighters are lying low, not defeated

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned.



Fate of Mexican drug lord El Chapo now rests with US jury

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

After nearly three months of testimony about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury began deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.



US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property.



Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown

Posted 1/26/2019 in National

Donald Trump didn't carry many parts of Texas' heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. history as a campaign promise kept.



Tech rises, but four-week winning streak for stocks ends

Posted 1/26/2019 in National

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday, recovering a chunk of their losses from earlier in the week. Technology and industrial companies jumped.



Memos: Facebook allowed 'friendly fraud' to profit from kids

Posted 1/26/2019 in National

Facebook allowed children to rack up huge bills on digital games while the company rejected recommendations for addressing what it dubbed "friendly fraud," according to newly released court documents.



Even with IRS staffers returning, tax refunds may be delayed

Posted 1/26/2019 in National

The IRS' workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees mean the possibility of delayed tax refunds.



McConnell says Senate to OK bill to end shutdown

Posted 1/25/2019 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will pass legislation on Friday that's intended to reopen the government after a record-long 35 day shutdown.



Trump aides struggle to show some shutdown empathy

Posted 1/25/2019 in National

One White House aide mused that the shutdown was like a paid vacation for some furloughed workers. President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law said employees' "little bit of pain" was worth it for the good of the country. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross questioned why cash-poor workers were using food banks instead of taking out loans.



Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

Posted 1/25/2019 in National

Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday morning in the special counsel's Russia investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.



Talks start as Senate rejects 2 plans for ending shutdown

Posted 1/25/2019 in National

A splintered Senate voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 35-day partial government shutdown, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it's inflicting around the country.



Florida elections chief resigns when blackface photos emerge

Posted 1/25/2019 in National

Florida's top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party.



Trump says he'll give State of the Union address after shutdown ends

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

President Donald Trump said Wednesday night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



AP-NORC poll: 6 in 10 Americans blame Trump for shutdown

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year.



Chefs and truck drivers beware: AI is coming for your jobs

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

Robots aren't replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.



Q&A: A look at what happens when drones get near airports

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

The ability of drones to interfere with airliners -- and inconvenience their passengers -- has now been demonstrated on two continents, and the problem is likely to get worse as the number of small, unmanned devices multiply.



Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit. Not quite this time. Home purchases in many areas of the country have dipped, and price gains have slowed. Yet a rising number of middle-class Americans are finding that home ownership is unaffordable.



Police: Former prison guard trainee kills 5 in Florida bank

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Florida from Indiana killed five people during a standoff at a small town bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police said.



AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani's performance

Posted 1/24/2019 in National

Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews.



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