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Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Aug. 16, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe...

Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Aug. 16, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump...

Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

Aug. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a...

The Latest: Jury sends 4 questions to Manafort judge

Aug. 16, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has submitted a note to the judge with four questions. The questions came as the jury began deliberations Thursday. One question asked for...

Access denied: Behind Trump's review of security clearances

Aug. 16, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he's yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he made the move...

The Latest: Senate intelligence chairman challenges Brennan

Aug. 16, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former CIA Director John Brennan (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee is challenging former CIA Director John Brennan's claim that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. After Trump yanked Brennan's...

Moscow bristles at US sanctions on Russian company

Aug. 16, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three companies from...

As our media environment blurs, confusion often reigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A generation ago, the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer were the heroes of television news. Now the biggest stars are arguably Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow. Notice the difference? Cronkite, Jennings and Sawyer reported the news. Hannity and Maddow talk about the...

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

Aug. 16, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage. Thursday's ruling by Dorogomilovsky District Court comes a day after hundreds of women carried soft toys across Moscow during an...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....