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APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

Dec. 12, 2018 8:53 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the...

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Dec. 12, 2018 8:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds"...

The Latest: Media firm that aided Trump won't be prosecuted

Dec. 12, 2018 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump...

National Enquirer owner admits it buried stories for Trump

Dec. 12, 2018 7:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of magazines including the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and In Touch has admitted to engaging in a journalistically dubious practice known as "catch-and-kill" in order to help Donald Trump become president. Federal prosecutors revealed Wednesday they had agreed not to...

A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand

Dec. 12, 2018 3:51 PM EST

A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the...

Arkansas court dismisses appeal over ad attacking justice

Dec. 12, 2018 3:03 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas court declined to weigh in Wednesday on whether several television stations should have been prohibited from airing a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice during her re-election bid. The Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Tegna Inc.,...

Ex-city councilman gets prison on embezzlement charge

Dec. 12, 2018 1:59 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Providence city councilman who was charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a youth track program he founded has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Kevin Jackson was also ordered Wednesday to pay back the money and fined $1,000. Jackson will be allowed to serve...

Grassley doubts Cohen allegation tying president to crime

Dec. 12, 2018 1:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley says President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen may be truthfully pleading guilty to federal crimes but it's difficult to believe him when he implicates the president in crimes. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for tax evasion,...

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

Dec. 12, 2018 1:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field. The attempts by Russians...

County treasurer who lost seat eyes run for Lincoln mayor

Dec. 12, 2018 1:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing is considering a run for Lincoln mayor after losing his re-election bid in the Republican primary while fighting criminal charges. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Stebbing, a Republican, may seek the job again after losing in 2015 to...