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Nation awaits key findings as Mueller wraps up Russia probe

Mar. 23, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday. Even with the details...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. After...

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

Mar. 23, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey was conducted both before and...

In a plain envelope, a monumental message: Mueller's done

Mar. 23, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The manila envelope in her hand held a single sheet of paper. Wearing a black puffer coat, the woman and her delivery were so unassuming in appearance that she was able to quietly slip past the crowd of reporters gathered in the hallways of the Rayburn House Office Building. Without being...

Battle over Mueller report to be pressed by Democrats

Mar. 23, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Within minutes of receiving notification that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not....

Cable viewers digest Mueller news through Hannity, Maddow

Mar. 23, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Sean Hannity, the "witch hunt" was finally over. Rachel Maddow considered it the start of something. The diametrically opposed opinion hosts, who vie for the distinction of the most popular in cable news, were the windows through which many Americans digested Friday's news that special...

Teen's mom on cop's acquittal: 'Hope that man never sleeps'

Mar. 23, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The family of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer is expressing anger and sadness over a jury's decision to acquit, and Pittsburgh braced for protests a day after the verdict. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for...

Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

Mar. 23, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The chief of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that...

AP FACT CHECK: McCain can't respond but his record speaks

Mar. 23, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says John McCain failed his fellow veterans, stained public policy and took anti-Trump fake news to the FBI before the 2016 election. McCain can't respond but his record speaks. Trump misrepresented it, on matters stretching from McCain's school days to his funeral,...

Odd surprise, lots of top NBA talent left in NCAA Tournament

Mar. 23, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It shouldn't come as a surprise that this spring's NBA draft will feature lots of good players from lots of good college teams. Or maybe it should. As the numbers from recent seasons show, the path to the upper reaches of the NBA lottery does not always intersect with the road to the...

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French yellow vests protest in Paris amid tighter security

Mar. 23, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French yellow vest demonstrators were marching through Paris on Saturday as authorities enforced bans on protests in certain areas and displayed enhanced security measures to avoid a repeat of last week's riots in the capital. The crowd gathered peacefully Saturday at...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Mar. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Indian Prime Minister...

Harris to seek federal investment on teacher pay, aide says

Mar. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday will call for a significant federal investment in teacher pay, a campaign aide says, the first policy proposal that she has put forth since officially launching her 2020 campaign. At a rally in Houston, Harris will argue that the...

The Latest: Somali forces end attack by Islamic extremists

Mar. 23, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Latest on an extremist attack in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Somali police officer says security forces have ended a siege by Islamic militants of a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein confirmed that...

Dispute over refinery near national park heats up in court

Mar. 23, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Parties involved in a dispute over whether North Dakota regulators should be involved in the siting of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park have filed their initial legal arguments in state court. Here's a look at the dispute over the $800 million Davis Refinery being...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Mar. 23, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his...

Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

Mar. 23, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the embattled archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he became embroiled in the country's spiraling sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Francis accepted Ezzati's resignation and named a temporary replacement to govern Chile's most...

The Latest: France's Macron praises coalition for IS defeat

Mar. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 3:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the international coalition and its allies after U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria....

Customers going to new Brookline pot shop urged to ride T

Mar. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A recreational pot shop opening in Brookline is the first in the immediate Boston-area and the first within close proximity to MBTA stations. The store, located in a former bank building on Washington Street and Route 9, has been selling to medical marijuana patients but was...

Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

Mar. 23, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The chief of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that...