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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020. file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference 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/Susan Walsh, File)

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Feb. 18, 2020 11:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press. The revelation came...

An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after he disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 8:37 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr arrives for an ceremony at the Department of Justice in Washington, to announce the establishment of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, and its commissioners. Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy, File)

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 19, 2020 6:27 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AP: BARR MULLS RESIGNATION The attorney general tells people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department...

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sanders hopes early strength will prove he can beat Trump

Feb. 19, 2020 6:04 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terry Reece has long been skeptical that voters would back Bernie Sanders, a 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist who is just months removed from a heart attack. Then the Vermont senator essentially tied for first place in the Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses and won its New...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

Feb. 19, 2020 6:41 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, photo, a delivery worker for Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com prepares for the morning round of deliveries from a distribution center in Beijing, China. JD and rivals including Pinduoduo, Miss Fresh and Alibaba Group's Hema are scrambling to fill a boom in orders while protecting their employees. E-commerce is one of the few industries to thrive after anti-virus controls starting in late January closed factories, restaurants, cinemas, offices and shops nationwide and extinguished auto and real estate sales. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears

Feb. 18, 2020 10:48 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s virus outbreak, counts on the parka-clad delivery drivers of e-commerce giant JD.com to keep her kitchen stocked. Demand for online food vendors has surged since China’s government told the public to stay home as part of the most sweeping...

In this photo released Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a YAK-40 plane is parked on the Aleppo Airport apron, in Aleppo province, Syria. A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo Airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012. (SANA via AP)

Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid nearby offensive

Feb. 19, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012 — even as nearby, the government's onslaught continued with airstrikes reportedly hitting...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2004 file photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, five years after the show was conceived and a year after production began, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25, with U.S. dates expected to follow. The singer's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston says it's the right time for a revival, and says it's a show Whitney Houston would've wanted. The concerts will feature a projected Houston performing most of her biggest hits, including “I Will Always Love You,

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

Feb. 19, 2020 3:20 AM EST

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow. “Now is just the right time,"...

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Firefighters find dismembered body burning near train tracks

Feb. 19, 2020 8:46 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities responding to a brush fire found a dismembered body burning near train tracks in Cleveland early Wednesday morning, city police said. Homicide investigators went to the scene several miles northeast of downtown Cleveland, near tracks that cut through an area that includes...

Murder charges against Maryland mother could be dropped

Feb. 19, 2020 8:44 AM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland judge is weighing whether to dismiss murder charges against a woman who has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial in the deaths of two of her children. Montgomery County Judge Robert Greenberg said Tuesday that he'll decide within two weeks whether murder charges...

Biotech CEO gets 7 years in prison for defrauding investors

Feb. 19, 2020 8:42 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Boston-area biotech company who said it had developed a painkiller that would replace opioids has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors of about $7.5 million. Frank Reynolds, 57, the CEO of PixarBio Corp., was also ordered Tuesday to...

Russia names exceptions from the entry ban for Chinese

Feb. 19, 2020 8:42 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia willstill issue official, business, humanitarian and transit visas to Chinese nationals, the country's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, clarifying the conditions of a sweeping entry ban for Chinese citizens announced the day before. The ban goes into effect on Thursday at midnight...

Crossing guard killed protecting children lauded as hero

Feb. 19, 2020 8:41 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The son of a school crossing guard who was struck and killed in Kansas City, Kansas, described his father as “selfless." The Kansas City Star reports that Bart Nill, said his father, 88-year-old Bob Nill, was dedicated to the job and wasn't surprised that he saved two...

An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after he disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 8:37 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as...

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen looks at the invention 'Do you Speak Robot?' at the AI Xperience Center at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18. 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

Feb. 19, 2020 8:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled proposalsWednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc's wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global...

US home construction dips 3.6% in January

Feb. 19, 2020 8:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes edged back slightly in January after a December surge that had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that builders started construction on 1.57 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, a...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkish court to issue verdict in rights activists' trial

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A group of human rights activists delivered their final statements in their own defense on Wednesday before a court in Istanbul hands down a verdict in their closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against Amnesty International's former Turkey...

3 members of Massachusetts family killed in Florida crash

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Three members of a family visiting Florida from Massachusetts were killed in a four-vehicle crash on Tuesday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened in Kissimmee which is near Orlando. The family was traveling in a van which was struck from behind and overturned, said highway patrol Lt. Kim...