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A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, prepare to lift off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The veicle is venting as the mission was scrubbed. The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning. (AP Photo/David J. Philip)

Historic SpaceX launch postponed because of stormy weather

May. 27, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the danger of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The...

FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens as Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, according to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate panel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Graham calls Rosenstein as first witness in Russia inquiry

May. 27, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's Russia investigation, the committee chairman said Wednesday. The session Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first in a series of planned...

FILE - This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham. Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent this summer. But that doesn't mean the investigation, led by Durham, doesn't carry its own political consequences. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

May. 27, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent this summer. But that doesn't mean the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin during their meeting via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Moscow mayor announced easing lockdown restrictions in the city starting from June 1, сiting the slowing of the coronavirus outbreak in Russia's capital. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Death toll of virus in Italy surpasses 33,000

May. 27, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Italy’s overall death toll surpasses 33,000....

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

May. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Viktor Bondarev, the former Russian air force chief who heads the defense committee in the...

FILE- In this March 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington, as Attorney General William Barr looks on. Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump opposition throws surveillance legislation in doubt

May. 27, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan...

Turkey: Soldier killed in explosion in Syria's Idlib

May. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry has announced the death of a Turkish soldier in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory in northwest Syria. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the soldier was wounded in an explosion and died later in a hospital. It said the explosion took place in an...

In this photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2020, Chechnya's regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks to journalists as he presents new ambulance vehicles in Grozny, Russia. Russian state news agencies reported Thursday May 21, 2020, that Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, had been transported to a Moscow hospital with suspected coronavirus. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

Chechen leader resurfaces after COVID-19 infection reports

May. 27, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The strongman leader of Russia's province of Chechnya went live on Instagram Wednesday to insist that he was feeling well, in an apparent attempt to dispel media reports about his hospitalization with COVID-19. Ramzan Kadyrov appeared on an aide's Instagram, declaring that “I'm an...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a Montenegrin army helicopter flies near Montenegro Airlines Embraer E195LR sits on the tarmac at the Golubovci airport, near Podgorica, Montenegro.  Serbia's authorities Wednesday May 27, 2020, have banned Montenegro's national carrier from operating flights from Belgrade after the small Adriatic state excluded Serbian citizens from a list of countries with which it will reopen its borders after declaring an end to the coronavirus epidemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia bans Montenegro flights amid escalating tensions

May. 27, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities have banned Montenegro’s national carrier from operating flights out of Belgrade after the small nation's government excluded Serbia from a list of countries with which Montenegro will reopen its borders after declaring an end to its coronavirus outbreak....

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio predicted in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 26, that foreign actors will seek to amplify American conspiracy theories about the virus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, much as Russia did in 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

May. 27, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The Florida Republican said in an interview...