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U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Grenell is meeting Serbian President Vucic in order to move the dialogue and normalize relations between the two sides.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Trump makes unconventional pick to oversee 'deep state'

Feb. 20, 2020 11:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made an unconventional pick to oversee America’s spy agencies: an unusually undiplomatic ambassador who has had little intelligence experience. The appointment Thursday of Richard Grenell, an outspoken Trump loyalist, as acting director of national...

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates his goal with defenseman Shea Weber (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin scores 699th goal, Capitals lose to Canadiens in OT

Feb. 20, 2020 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — All eyes were on Alex Ovechkin needing two goals to reach 700 in his career. The other No. 8 on the ice scored twice instead. Ovechkin scored his 699th goal to close in on another milestone, but the Washington Capitals dropped their third in a row, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86), warm up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins have released injury prone tight end Jordan Reed, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Washington creates $8.5 million in salary-cap by cutting ties with him. Reed missed all of last season with his fifth documented concussion of his seven-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Redskins release injury-prone tight end Jordan Reed

Feb. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Redskins released Jordan Reed on Thursday, cutting ties with an injury-prone tight end who was rarely able to show his full abilities. Injuries from head to toe limited Reed to 65 games over his first seven years in the NFL, all with Washington. He missed the entire 2019 season with...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, the south side of the White House is pictured before President Donald Trump arrives. Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.”  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Amid 'Anonymous' fallout, NSC adviser reassigned

Feb. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.” Coates, who serves as national security adviser for the Middle East and North...

Teenager charged in slaying of Maryland police officer's son

Feb. 20, 2020 10:20 AM EST

LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities have charged a 17-year-old suspect with fatally shooting the teenage son of a Washington, D.C., area-police officer during adrug-related encounter. The Charles County Sheriff's Office charged Darryl Edward Freeman as an adult on first-degree murder and other...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as he arrives at Munich International Airport, in Munich, Germany on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced. “Rick has...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

WH report says economy accelerated under Trump

Feb. 20, 2020 9:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House report says the U.S. economy is growing faster than expected, even though the annual gains of 3% that President Donald Trump promised to voters have yet to be achieved. The annual economic report of the president released Thursday said the economy added more jobs,...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dabs blood from his chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. Blagojevich joked that it was the first time in a long time he has shaved with a normal razor. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

Feb. 19, 2020 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies. In at least some cases, including former Illinois Gov. Rod...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe Thursday at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”  Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after the Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. they had initially recommended in a court filing that President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant Roger Stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison. But the next day, the Justice Department took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

As Trump ups attacks on Justice Dept, Barr remains in post

Feb. 19, 2020 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump renewed his public attacks on the Justice Department on Wednesday, there was little outward worry from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue that Attorney General William Barr would follow through on his private threat to resign over presidential meddling....

Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 19 The Bergen Record in New Jersey on Michael Bloomberg's Democratic Presidential nominee bid: So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing...