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Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Aug. 15, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to...

Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

Aug. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of a handful of individuals, including former...

Senate study faults government care of migrant children

Aug. 15, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown, a...

After Brennan, 9 others face losing security clearances, too

Aug. 15, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as...

The Latest: Brennan calls Trump action 'abuse of power'

Aug. 15, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Former CIA director John Brennan says President Donald Trump's move to strip him of his national security clearance is "an abuse of power" by the president. Brennan is...

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

Aug. 15, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone. And they had a message, deputy mayor Moustapha Sawadogo said: "All...

WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority

Aug. 14, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Tuesday, calling her a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog," as a clash rooted in the reality star's accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans. The...

The Latest: UK police say properties raided after car crash

Aug. 14, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on a crash outside the House of Parliament in London (all times local): 6:00 p.m. British counter-terrorism police are carrying out three searches in central England as part of an investigation after a car slammed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Police say...

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive

Aug. 14, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city's government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism. With the driver in custody, counterterror detectives were working...

Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

Aug. 14, 2018 5:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk, saying...