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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, pauses in a corridor off the Rotunda as he awaits the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to be delivered, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The Senate's longest-serving member, 80-year-old Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening for observation after not feeling well, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite))

At 80, Vermont's Sen. Leahy ready to run impeachment trial

Jan. 28, 2021 12:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — He's known for prowling the Capitol with his camera or friends like the rock icon Bono. He's played leading roles in fights over Supreme Court nominations, government surveillance of Americans and protecting his state's dairy farms. Now, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is...

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, pauses in a corridor off the Rotunda as he awaits the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to be delivered, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The Senate's longest-serving member, 80-year-old Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening for observation after not feeling well, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite))

At 80, Vermont's Sen. Leahy ready to run impeachment trial

Jan. 27, 2021 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — He's known for prowling the Capitol with his camera or friends like the rock icon Bono. He's played leading roles in fights over Supreme Court nominations, government surveillance of Americans and protecting his state's dairy farms. Now, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is...

A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police guards the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. State capitols across the country are under heightened security after the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week.  (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Capitol investigators try to sort real tips from noise

Jan. 14, 2021 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is now figuring out what's real and what's just noise. Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street surveillance and other...

A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police guards the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. State capitols across the country are under heightened security after the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week.  (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Capitol investigators try to sort real tips from noise

Jan. 13, 2021 5:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is now figuring out what's real and what's just noise. Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street surveillance and other...

Chief of Space Operations at U.S. Space Force Gen. John Raymond speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the first birthday of the U.S. Space Force at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex​, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US intel community expands with Space Force unit

Jan. 8, 2021 7:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence community got larger on Friday with the addition of the U.S. Space Force. The Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise became the 18th member of the intelligence apparatus. It has not been expanded since 2006 when the Drug Enforcement...

Portland mayor vows to hold vandalizers accountable

Jan. 2, 2021 5:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler promised to hold violent demonstrators accountable in a press conference hosted after two straight days of vandalization and clashes with police. Wheeler said Friday that he would organize a meeting with local and state law enforcement to determine a...

A man in a protective mask passes another man talking on his mobile phone at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. In the early days of the pandemic, a panicked Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its own people, tracking civilians’ mobile phones to halt the spread of the coronavirus. But months later, the tool’s effectiveness is being called into question and critics say its use has come at an immeasurable cost to the country’s democratic principles. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israel's virus surveillance tool tests its democratic norms

Jan. 1, 2021 1:19 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In the early days of the pandemic, a panicked Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its civilians, tracking people’s cellphones in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The government touted the technology, normally used to catch wanted Palestinian...

2 Russians held in Libya freed after 1 1/2-year captivity

Dec. 10, 2020 10:43 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian citizens who had been held by the U.N.-backed government in Libya for more than 1 1/2 years on spying charges were released from captivity on Thursday, officials in Russia said. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in remarks carried by the Interfax news...

Denmark charges Russian citizen with spying for Russia

Dec. 9, 2020 6:44 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian citizen living in Denmark has been charged with espionage for allegedly having provided information about Danish energy technology, among other things, to an unnamed Russian intelligence service, the Danish prosecution authority said Wednesday. The suspect, who was not...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington Lawyers for a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Trump-Russia investigation

Ex-FBI lawyer who altered Russia probe email seeks probation

Dec. 3, 2020 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Russia investigation “made a grievous mistake” but should be spared prison time and given probation instead, his attorneys said in a sentencing memorandum Thursday. Kevin Clinesmith admitted in August to...