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FAA chief defends handling of Boeing Max safety approval

May. 15, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration defended his agency's safety certification of the Boeing 737 Max jetliner, the plane involved in two deadly crashes, and the FAA's decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. During a...

The Latest: FAA acting head stands by safety certification

May. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigation into safety review of the troubled Boeing 737 Max (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before...

Federal judges have a way to make investigations disappear

May. 10, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest way for federal judges facing investigation by their peers to make an inquiry go away is to utter two words: "I quit." That's how appellate judges Maryanne Trump Barry and Alex Kozinski ended investigations into complaints that Barry participated in fraudulent tax schemes and...

Justice Clarence Thomas' moment may finally have arrived

May. 4, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — charges he...

Barr besieged by allegations he's being Trump's protector

May. 3, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never involve himself in...

Ex-St. Louis County executive to plead guilty to corruption

May. 2, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former top elected official in Missouri's largest county will plead guilty to corruption charges, federal prosecutors in St. Louis said Thursday. The U.S. Attorney's office announced former St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger's hearing for the guilty plea will be at 10:30 a.m....

Barr to face Mueller report questions at Senate hearing

Apr. 30, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday will face lawmakers' questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the investigation's...

Biden: 'I take responsibility' for Anita Hill hearings

Apr. 29, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he takes responsibility for the fact that Anita Hill was "not treated well" in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and Biden led the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I believed her from the very beginning. But I was...

Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute

Apr. 28, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may skip a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report if committee lawyers seek to question him. The Democratic-run committee plans to allow counsels from both sides to...

Moulton: Biden should apologize to Hill

Apr. 28, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should Joe Biden apologize to Anita Hill? One Democrat running for president says yes, but not everyone agrees. Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton says the former vice president should apologize for the way Hill was treated during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice...