Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement WASHINGTON (AP) - James Comey and President Donald Trump seem to disagree on most everything, but the ex-FBI director's memos show consensus on at least one thing: the need to hunt down leakers. The two men bonded over the idea of a proposed leak crackdown, even sharing a chuckle over a crude joke involving jailed journalists, according to memos written by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press. The jocularity over leakers and journalists is striking given the otherwise tense nature of their conversations, which touched on loyalty pledges, Russian prostitutes and open FBI investigations. The memos kept by Comey show his unease with Trump's requests and his concern that the president was blurring the bright line between politics and law enforcement, including with a request that he end an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia NEW YORK (AP) - The national Democratic Party sued President Donald Trump's campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks on Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court sought unspecified damages and an order to prevent further interference with computer systems of the Democratic National Committee. "During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump's campaign," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.
Students begin school walkouts on Columbine anniversary Students from Florida to Chicago started streaming out of their schools Friday in the latest round of gun-control activism following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The protests were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. At 10 a.m. in each time zone, students at dozens of schools left class to take moments of silence honoring the victims at Columbine and other shootings. From there, some students headed to rallies at their statehouses. Others stayed at school to discuss gun violence. Some are holding voting registration drives.
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Trump lawyer told to file statement to slow porn star's suit LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Donald Trump's personal lawyer must declare in writing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination is jeopardized unless there's a delay in legal proceedings in a lawsuit filed by porn actress Stormy Daniels, a federal judge said Friday. Judge S. James Otero said at a hearing in Los Angeles that it was not enough for Michael Cohen's attorney to file a statement on his client's behalf, and he gave Cohen until next Wednesday to do so himself. Daniel's lawsuit is aimed at dissolving a confidentiality agreement that prevents her from talking about an alleged affair with Trump.
Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel. Huge black plumes of smoke from burning tires engulfed the border area. Some of the activists threw stones toward the fence or flew kites with flaming rags dangling from their tails. The latest deaths brought to 32 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in protests since late March. More than 1,600 have been wounded by live rounds in the past three weeks, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Natalie Portman snubs 'Jewish Nobel,' triggers backlash JERUSALEM (AP) - Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the "Jewish Nobel" because of "extreme distress" over recent events in Israel, triggering an angry backlash Friday from some in the country's political establishment. Portman was to have received the award in Israel in June, but told the Genesis Prize Foundation through a representative that she would "not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel." The movie star did not elaborate as to what had made her feel that way. The country faces some international criticism over its use of lethal force in response to mass protests along the Gaza border led by the Islamic militant group that rules the territory.
President George HW Bush greets mourners honoring his wife HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush greeted some of the hundreds of mourners filing through a large Houston church on Friday to pay final respects to his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush. A spray of dozens of pink and yellow roses covered her closed, light-colored metallic casket in the sanctuary of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The 93-year-old former president arrived shortly after a daylong public viewing began, sitting in a wheelchair nearby and smiling as people shook his outstretched hand and offered condolences. Barbara Bush died on Tuesday at age 92 at the couple's Houston home, where her husband also by her side.
Avicii, DJ-producer who performed around the world, dies NEW YORK (AP) - Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," the statement read. "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given." No more details about the death were provided.
Wenger stuns Arsenal team by quitting after almost 22 years LONDON (AP) - Arsene Wenger gathered his Arsenal players to drop a bombshell before training on Friday morning. After almost 22 years in charge of the north London club, the manager was leaving. "We didn't see it coming," midfielder Jack Wilshere said. "He had another year left on his contract. Ever since I've known about Arsenal, Arsene has been there. I'm sad." As the players were informed, so too was the world, via a statement from the 68-year-old Frenchman. "After careful consideration and following discussions with the club," Wenger said, "I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season." Wenger's carefully worded statement, coupled with the reticence of the club's leadership to publicly discuss what precipitated the announcement, pointed to a less than amicable departure amid a backdrop of mounting dissent.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: --- NOT REAL: Stormy Daniels Killed In Syrian Airstrike THE FACTS: Two satire sites recently circulated false stories reporting that porn actress Stormy Daniels had died, either in an airstrike in Syria or in a suicide. Daniels, who claims she had an affair in 2006 with President Donald Trump, was photographed Monday entering a courthouse for a hearing in a federal case in New York involving the U.S.