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Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Dec. 9, 2018 9:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, was no longer expected to fill the role and several others were emerging as possible candidates. The new hire was to be key to a West Wing reshuffling to shift focus toward the 2020 re-election campaign...

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Dec. 9, 2018 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals....

Analysis: Russia probe threatens Trump, those in his orbit

Dec. 9, 2018 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more that special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors reveal, the darker grow the legal clouds over President Donald Trump. Trump's own Justice Department has now implicated him in a crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his 2016...

Whether a president can be prosecuted remains in dispute

Dec. 9, 2018 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016. The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. Instead,...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

Dec. 9, 2018 9:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for...

Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

Dec. 9, 2018 1:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't yet know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job. Trump wants former Fox News reporter and current State Department spokeswoman Heather...

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Dec. 9, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by...

Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

Dec. 9, 2018 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers...

Early Russian outreach to Trump campaign detailed by Mueller

Dec. 8, 2018 7:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key pieces of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation appear to be falling into place. In three court filings Friday, prosecutors for the first time connected President Donald Trump to a crime involving hush money payments to a porn actress. They revealed new details about...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

Dec. 9, 2018 9:32 PM EST

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the...

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Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

Dec. 9, 2018 9:32 PM EST

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the...

The Latest: More candidates emerge for Trump chief of staff

Dec. 9, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the White House chief of staff (all times local): 9:25 p.m. As President Donald Trump ponders picking a new chief of staff, more names are emerging as possible contenders for the job. People familiar with the discussion at the White House tell The Associated Press that among...

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Dec. 9, 2018 9:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, was no longer expected to fill the role and several others were emerging as possible candidates. The new hire was to be key to a West Wing reshuffling to shift focus toward the 2020 re-election campaign...

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

Dec. 9, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington's behest and demanded the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest. The official Xinhua News Agency said Vice Foreign Minister Le...

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Dec. 9, 2018 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals....

Fire ruled arson at Lacey Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall

Dec. 9, 2018 6:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A fire that destroyed a church in Lacey has been ruled an arson. KING-TV reports the fire Friday morning burned a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced the conclusion Saturday. The federal agency is investigating the fire with the...

Deschutes River to be featured on 'forever' stamp in 2019

Dec. 9, 2018 3:53 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A scenic Oregon river will be honored with a stamp next year. The Bend Bulletin reports the Deschutes River will be featured on a "forever" stamp in 2019. The U.S. Postal Service announced in November that 19 sets of forever stamps will be available. They include a series designed to...

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Dec. 9, 2018 2:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They're not...

Illinois county gains $10M detaining undocumented immigrants

Dec. 9, 2018 2:14 PM EST

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A northwest Illinois county's decades-old deal with the federal government to detain immigrants living in the country illegally will bring in $10 million this year, according to records. McHenry County entered into the bed-rental program with the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

Dec. 9, 2018 1:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't yet know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job. Trump wants former Fox News reporter and current State Department spokeswoman Heather...