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Sessions questioned in Russia probe, Trump may be up soon
WASHINGTON (AP) - After questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of the Russia investigation, prosecutors are moving closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump. The interview with Sessions last week makes him the highest-ranking administration official known to have submitted to questioning. It came as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates whether Trump's actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constitute improper efforts to stymie the FBI investigation into contacts between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign. The president and his lawyers are preparing for the prospect of an interview that would likely focus on some of the same obstruction questions.


Top Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump's wall
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation. Schumer had made the offer last Friday in a last-ditch effort to head off a government shutdown, then came scalding criticism from his party's liberal activist base that Democrats had given up too easily in reopening the government without more concrete promises on immigration. "We're going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer's off the table," Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Tuesday.


'People just ran': Students fled for lives in fatal shooting
BENTON, Ky. (AP) - They ran silently, too stunned to shout. Some of the children ran into classrooms to hide from the boy with the gun. Some ran out of the building, into the fields, across the streets, through the doors of nearby businesses. "No one screamed," said 16-year-old Alexandria Caporali, recounting the moment her high school became the site of the latest American mass shooting. "It was almost completely silent as people just ran." Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, were killed and another 17 people injured when a classmate opened fire Tuesday morning in the school's busy atrium, a common area in the center of Marshall County High School, where several hallways meet and children gather before classes.


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'Enjoy hell:' Doctor's sentence next for assaulting gymnasts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - After listening to the riveting pleas of more than 150 victims, a judge is set to sentence a Michigan doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse by molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes instead of solving their sports injuries. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear from a few more victims and then send Larry Nassar to prison Wednesday, the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that has given the girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront him in court. He faces a minimum prison term of 25 to 40 years but it could go higher.


DA seeks to bar parents from contacting 13 kids kept captive
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents accused of torturing 12 of their children and keeping them chained to beds for months and so malnourished their growth was stunted will appear in court Wednesday as prosecutors ask a judge to bar them from contacting their kids. The court proceeding is the latest step as authorities seek to sever ties between David and Louise Turpin and their 13 children - between 2 and 29 years old - who were rescued from their home in Perris, California, on Jan. 14. They have pleaded not guilty to torture, abuse and other charges. Riverside County prosecutors are seeking a protective order that would prohibit the Turpins from having any contact with their children, district attorney's office spokesman John Hall said.


Car bombs kill at least 27 in east Libya city of Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - Twin car bombs exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night, killing 27 and wounding over 30 in an attack timed to cause mass casualties among first responders, officials said. Capt. Tarek Alkharraz, spokesman for military and police forces in Benghazi, said the first explosion went off in the Salmani neighborhood around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday and the second bomb went off a half hour later as residents and medics gathered to evacuate the wounded. Local health official Hani Belras Ali said at least 27 people died had died so far and 32 were wounded.


Foreigners linked to Palestinians face Israeli visa troubles
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - American Kate Hamad doesn't dare leave Ramallah, fearing trouble, even deportation, if stopped at an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the autonomous Palestinian city in the West Bank. Israel rejected her request for a visa renewal three months ago, she said, even though her Palestinian husband and their three youngest children have West Bank residency. She appealed, but hasn't heard back. "You really feel trapped and you really feel scared," said the 32-year-old from Grimes, Iowa. Hamad is among a growing number of foreigners in the West Bank who are having Israeli visa problems, according to Palestinian officials and Israeli lawyers.


Forever scarred, survivors of IS Kabul attacks struggle on
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - For Sayed Mushtaq Hossaini, much of the day last month when an Islamic State suicide bomber struck a seminar at a Shiite cultural center in the Afghan capital of Kabul remains a blur. The Dec. 28 attack killed at least 41 people and wounded 84, underscoring the Sunni extremist group's growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has crumbled. It was the latest in massive bombings staged by IS and meant to instill terror - both for the large numbers of Afghans killed and among those who survived the attacks.


Puerto Rico awaits foreclosure wave as moratoriums expire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Aylsa Torres sighed in relief when she received a letter from her bank two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans awarded a three-month moratorium on their mortgage payments as the U.S. territory reeled from the storm's destruction. Believing she was temporarily freed from those financial obligations, the 46-year-old government worker drained her savings to pay for a $750 generator and $786 worth of repairs for storm damage. But when Torres visited her bank in December, she says, she was shocked to hear that she was behind on payments and that officials threatened to foreclose on her apartment and ruin her credit rating.


Oprah visits Alabama grave of woman honored in Globes speech
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey has visited the grave of a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention and whose story was highlighted in Winfrey's recent Golden Globes speech. Winfrey said in an Instagram post that on assignment for "60 Minutes," she ended up in the town of Abbeville where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case, and she rallied support for justice for Taylor. Two all-white, all-male grand juries decline to indict the men who admitted they assaulted her.