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Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent

Jul. 19, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump. But in stark contrast to...

Honolulu ethics chief: Panel blocked his Kealoha inquiry

Jul. 19, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission has criticized the panel for ending his investigation into the city's former police chief and deputy prosecutor, a report said. Chuck Totto said the commission should not have stopped an inquiry he was conducting into Louis and Katherine...

Police overseers fire 4 officers in McDonald-related case

Jul. 18, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by...

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

Jul. 18, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Special counsel Mueller's testimony delayed until July 24

Jul. 12, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress has been delayed until July 24 under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him. Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 before two house committees about the findings of his Russia investigation. But lawmakers...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...

The Latest: Prosecution: Epstein could influence witness

Jul. 12, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the sex trafficking case against financier Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Federal prosecutors seeking to have financier Jeffrey Epstein imprisoned until trial say they're concerned he might try to derail the trial by influencing potential...

The Latest: Gloria Allred pleased R. Kelly may face justice

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred says she is pleased that federal authorities have charged singer R. Kelly in Chicago and New York with sex crimes, and she says "justice, which is long overdue for his...

House Judiciary will vote on subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions

Jul. 9, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for several people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Donald Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The resolution coming up for a vote Thursday would...