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Records show special counsel zeroed in on Cohen early on

Mar. 19, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, in the early stages of his Russia probe. The heavily blacked-out records, released by a judge...

Politicians show solidarity with striking CSO musicians

Mar. 19, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians have picked up the support of some members of Illinois' congressional delegation and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The musicians, who walked off last week, are fighting for better wages, health benefits, and retirement plans....

House oversight chair accuses White House of stonewalling

Mar. 19, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House oversight committee says the White House is perpetrating "an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction" in response to congressional requests for documents and witnesses. Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings writes in a Washington Post op-ed that he...

Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

Mar. 19, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history. That's what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel's Russia probe. Now, barring an eleventh-hour surprise, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially...

APNewsBreak: Coal tax cut endangers federal black lung fund

Mar. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

Pittenger backs former county official in Congress primary

Mar. 19, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former North Carolina Republican congressman for a district where a re-do election will be held because of evidence of illegal absentee ballot manipulation in the fall has endorsed a potential successor. Ex-Rep. Robert Pittenger confirmed Tuesday he backs former Mecklenburg...

US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River

Mar. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman commended Arizona,...

Mexican ambassador highlights US ties in Phoenix stop

Mar. 19, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Mexico's new ambassador to the U.S. emphasized close ties between the two countries during a stop in Phoenix Tuesday as she and Gov. Doug Ducey urged American lawmakers to approve the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "The U.S. of today cannot be explained without the...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Mar. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump...

Feds release files on GOP train crash ahead of final report

Mar. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators released nearly 100 documents Tuesday that detail last year's fatal accident between a trash truck and an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers in rural Virginia. Photos, witness accounts and other information were made public ahead of a final report...