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FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday. Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., replaces his face mask after speaking at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump and Biden trade barbs over coronavirus response, masks

Aug. 14, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump is attacking Joe Biden for calling on governors to mandate that all Americans wear masks for the next three months, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of politicizing an issue Trump himself has used for political gain in recent months. Trump...

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern-day Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era next week. The all-virtual affair will test the former vice president’s ability to overcome unprecedented logistical challenges in an urgent mission to energize his sprawling coalition. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

Aug. 14, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era, an all-virtual affair that will test the former vice president's ability to overcome unprecedented logistical challenges in an urgent mission to...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1999 file photo, Robert Trump, left, joins then real estate developer and presidential hopeful Donald Trump at an event in New York. President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House.  The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday.  (AP Photo/Diane Bonadreff, File)

Trump's younger brother, Robert, is hospitalized in New York

Aug. 14, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House. The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere. Trump was already...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

Aug. 14, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators. In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's counter to Democratic convention? Swing state trips.

Aug. 14, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is looking to counter next week's Democratic National Convention with travel to several swing states — including Wisconsin, which was to have hosted the Democratic gathering. Trump campaign announced Friday that Trump will host events aimed at attacking his...

This 2007 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her mother, Shyamala, at a Chinese New Year parade. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Harris bringing energy, dollars and more to Biden's campaign

Aug. 14, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In her first two days as Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris has fired off the campaign's sharpest criticism of President Donald Trump's shortcomings. She has vouched for Biden's character on race and more. And the enthusiasm surrounding her historic candidacy has brought in a...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and his acting...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Vienna, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Pompeo is on a five day visit to central Europe. (Lisi Niesner/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo urges unity on Iran ahead of UN arms embargo vote

Aug. 14, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called for the world to unite around a long-shot American bid to indefinitely extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran. As members of the U.N. Security Council voted remotely on a U.S. resolution to prolong the embargo that is widely expected...

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This photo provided Friday Aug.14, 2020 by the French Defense Ministry shows the French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, center, escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (French Defense Ministry via AP)

EU holding urgent talks on Greece-Turkey energy dispute

Aug. 14, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — European Union foreign ministers were holding urgent talks Friday on military tensions between Greece and Turkey as the neighboring countries' navies continued a game of brinkmanship over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday. Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

Aug. 14, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators. In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and his acting...

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Aug. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. So for many Lebanese, their...

West Hartford town councilor wins GOP Congressional primary

Aug. 14, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican Congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in November's general election. Fay billed herself as a moderate who is best-suited to defeat Larson and...

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao, of Lawrence, Kansas, was indicted last year for not disclosing on conflict-of-interest forms work he was allegedly doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas. Defense attorneys, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020,  have filed a motion seeking to throw out the charges. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Filing: Kansas prof's prosecution criminalizes job disputes

Aug. 14, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The prosecution of a Kansas researcher ensnared in a U.S. government crackdown on Chinese economic espionage and trade secret theft opens the door to criminalizing workplace disagreements, his attorneys argued Friday in a motion asking a court to throw out the charges. Feng...

Michigan will distribute 4M free masks to fight coronavirus

Aug. 14, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that 4 million masks will be distributed to residents — free of charge — to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The face coverings will go to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters through a partnership among the...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's counter to Democratic convention? Swing state trips.

Aug. 14, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is looking to counter next week's Democratic National Convention with travel to several swing states — including Wisconsin, which was to have hosted the Democratic gathering. Trump campaign announced Friday that Trump will host events aimed at attacking his...

FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his daily press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. State and local government officials across the U.S. have been on edge for months about how to keep basic services running while covering rising costs related to the coronavirus outbreak as tax revenue plummeted. On Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 governors, lawmakers, mayors, teachers and others said they were going to keep pushing members of Congress to revive the talks and agree to another rescue package. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

Governor: New Jersey election will be done mostly by mail

Aug. 14, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will move to a nearly all-mail election this November, following the model the state used in its July primary, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, said during an interview with CNN that all voters would get a ballot, but it's not clear if people who...