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Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated at border

Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border …


Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Ukrainian consulting work has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and register as a foreign agent, the Justice …


California storms kill at least 5 as flooding fears rise

Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes.


’I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has “never said there was no collusion” between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.


Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages and accounts it says were part of two big disinformation operations.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad

It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft for a planned trip abroad in apparent response …


Michigan State University’s board forces president to resign for insensitive remarks about abuse victims

Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees said Thursday that interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately.


FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket

A Georgia man who traded his car for an antitank rocket, guns and explosives in a plot to storm the White House is under arrest, authorities said.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

Ice disk in Maine as large as a football field stops rotating

Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end.


Pot deliveries OK’d into California communities that ban sales

California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.


Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter …


Robert Durst defense: Evidence could be ‘game over’ for heir

New York real estate heir Robert Durst is charged with one count of murder, but will have to defend himself in three killings at trial later this year in California.


Wrecks seen as wildfire areas brace for big California storm

Days of rain and snow across California have snarled rush-hour commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads even before the most intense storm hits Wednesday, with wildfire-ravished communities bracing …


Los Angeles teachers union hints at new talks during strike

The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Fake editions of The Washington Post handed out at multiple locations in D.C.

Fake editions of The Washington Post claiming that President Donald Trump was leaving office were handed out Wednesday morning at multiple locations in Washington, D.C.


The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Hotel dishwasher in Miami awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Liz Cheney’s rebuke of King reflects tougher GOP approach

She used to be known mostly for her vice presidential family lineage. But Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-most senior House Republican, is cutting a new path as the first GOP …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …


Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took a major step toward announcing a 2020 presidential bid Tuesday, saying she is launching an exploratory committee for a White House run.


Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for …


Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker’s trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Trump’s attorney general nominee: ‘I will not be bullied’

Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Trump’s AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

Attorney general nominee Bill Barr said he would “not go after” marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal.


Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors


EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

High drama, few results as Trump warns of ‘long’ shutdown

The White House ran quickly into the limits of trying to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi in shutdown negotiations when rank-and-file House Democrats declined an invitation to lunch Tuesday with President …


White nationalist’s harassment led a black female lawmaker to resign. He won’t face charges.

Kiah Morris was standing next to Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan at a news conference on Monday in Bennington, Vermont, taking questions from reporters about the racial harassment she endured …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks

A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House.