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Dems not giving up on Russia probe; Trump visits Republicans

Mar. 26, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill for a victory lap Tuesday, emboldened by the end of the government's Russia probe, even as Democrats continued to battle for release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report and intensified their focus on other issues including efforts...

The Latest: Committee OKs request for McCabe claim documents

Mar. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel's Russia report (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a Republican request to demand documents from the Justice Department about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's claim Justice Department officials discussed...

Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

Mar. 26, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released...

Avenatti hit with Nike extortion claims, other charges

Mar. 26, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year ago, Michael Avenatti's star was rising as the combative, media-savvy lawyer representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump. He hammered the president as a regular fixture on cable news and baited and bashed critics on Twitter while...

China ex-internet czar sentenced to 14 years for corruption

Mar. 26, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges Tuesday. The Intermediate People's Court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Lu...

Asian stocks rebound after slide on growth worries

Mar. 26, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock prices rebounded Tuesday after global markets slid on worries about U.S. and European economic growth. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index rose 1.8 percent to 21,362.60 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.5 percent to 28,663.04. The Shanghai Composite Index was unchanged at 3,043.02 and...

The Latest: Avenatti expects to be 'fully exonerated'

Mar. 25, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says he is confident he will be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges. He told reporters late Monday he will "never stop fighting the...

Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

Mar. 25, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity....

Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's hands

Mar. 25, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller had two key questions before him: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and did President Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? On the collusion question, Mueller provided an unambiguous "no." But on...

The Latest: Israel hits Gaza Strip targets after rocket fire

Mar. 25, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 4:30 a.m. Tuesday Israeli forces were continuing early Tuesday to strike targets across the Gaza Strip, including the offices of Hamas' supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory....