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FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

Dec. 9, 2019 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...

DOJ watchdog report takeaways: Nuance, no total absolution

Dec. 9, 2019 5:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog released a report Monday that found the FBI had a legitimate reason to open up one of the most politically sensitive investigations ever, the Russia probe that began in secret during President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign that eventually was...

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

Dec. 9, 2019 9:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his actions in the Ukraine matter, with an announcement expected early Tuesday. Democratic leaders are expected to announce the formal charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress...

Report: US misled public on progress in Afghanistan war

Dec. 9, 2019 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government across three White House administrations misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn't exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Washington Post. The documents reveal deep frustrations about...

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers

Dec. 9, 2019 2:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here. Democrats said it's a slam dunk. Weighty questions about a president's alleged malfeasance and whether that merits the extraordinary step of impeachment drew some too-simple answers at a House hearing Monday...

Consulting firm allows Buttigieg to release names of clients

Dec. 9, 2019 7:33 PM EST

The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm said Monday that it will allow Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago while the Democratic presidential contender also pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers. The moves...

2020 newcomer Bloomberg stepping onto international stage

Dec. 9, 2019 5:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg launched his campaign less than three weeks ago, but he is already making his first foreign trip as a presidential candidate. The Democrat will appear Tuesday at a United Nations global climate conference in Madrid, where he'll share the results of his...

Nevada third to vote, still up for grabs for 2020 Democrats

Dec. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada won its coveted early date in the presidential primary because it was supposed to offer Democrats something different. It’s more racially diverse than the two states that weigh in earlier, Iowa and New Hampshire. Its population is young, working class, largely urban and...

Wray: Report on Russia probe found "unacceptable" problems

Dec. 9, 2019 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation identified problems that are “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution,” FBI Director Chris Wray said Monday in detailing changes the bureau plans to make in...

Arms control on tap for Trump, Pompeo's meeting with Lavrov

Dec. 9, 2019 7:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arms control, Ukraine and Syria are to headline President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meetings Tuesday with Russia's foreign minister. The visit by Sergey Lavrov, however, could be overshadowed by Ukraine-related impeachment proceedings that are picking up steam in...

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Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

Dec. 9, 2019 9:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his actions in the Ukraine matter, with an announcement expected early Tuesday. Democratic leaders are expected to announce the formal charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress...

No bond for suspect in officer's death; mental illness cited

Dec. 9, 2019 9:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of fatally shooting a Houston officer said Monday that their client has a history of mental illness, as a judge ordered him to remain jailed without bond. Arturo Solis, dressed in yellow jail clothing, said nothing during a short court hearing before state...

Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

Dec. 9, 2019 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump. “I’m hearing very good things, including from unions and others that...

FBI: No link found between cyberattack and Navy base attack

Dec. 9, 2019 8:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI said Monday it has found no signs of any link between a cyberattack on computer systems of a Florida Panhandle city and last week's attack at the naval air station there in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others. Officials in the city of...

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

Dec. 9, 2019 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...

Wray: Report on Russia probe found "unacceptable" problems

Dec. 9, 2019 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation identified problems that are “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution,” FBI Director Chris Wray said Monday in detailing changes the bureau plans to make in...

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

Dec. 9, 2019 7:44 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held...

Official portrait unveiled of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Dec. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The official portrait of former Ohio. Gov. John Kasich was unveiled Monday at a packed Statehouse event. The Republican governor held office from 2011 through 2018. The Capital Square Review and Advisory Board presented the portrait in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. ...

Families of crash passengers want wider review of Boeing Max

Dec. 9, 2019 6:54 PM EST

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions about whether the agency is too cozy with Boeing when he testifies this week before a congressional panel. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he plans to ask FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson about Boeing's influence over the...

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...