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EXPLAINER: How does the FBI get a warrant to search a home?

Aug. 10, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

News that FBI agents descended on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and searched it has spawned accusations of a politicized law enforcement organization doing the bidding of the Biden administration in targeting political enemies. The reality is that the process of...

Iranian operative charged in plot to murder John Bolton

Aug. 10, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian operative has been charged in a plot to murder former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in presumed retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed the country’s most powerful general, offering $300,000 to “eliminate” the Trump administration official, the...

In Mississippi, a trespasser, a killing and DEA meddling

Aug. 10, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Harold Duane Poole was waiting with his semiautomatic service rifle — and an explanation — when deputies arrived at his sprawling wooded property on a warm spring night last year and found a bullet-riddled body near the...

Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

Aug. 10, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement. After...

Did Trump break the law? FBI search raises fresh questions

Aug. 09, 2022 22:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The year was 2016, the presidential candidate under investigation was Hillary Clinton and the FBI director at the time, James Comey, laid out the factors the Justice Department weighs in deciding whether to charge someone with mishandling classified records. Fast...

GOP rallies around Trump following FBI search of his estate

Aug. 09, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For much of the year, small cracks in Donald Trump's political support have been growing. Dissatisfied Republican primary voters began to consider new presidential prospects. GOP donors grappled with damaging revelations uncovered by the Jan. 6 committee. S everal...

Portland accuses DOJ of moving cops accountability goalposts

Aug. 09, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of stating incorrect information and misinterpreting police programs while negotiations continue about how to bring Portland back into compliance with a police use of force federal settlement agreement. ...

Mar-a-Lago search just part of one of several Trump probes

Aug. 09, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate marked a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of the law enforcement scrutiny of the former president, but the Florida operation is just one part of one investigation related to Trump and his time in office. ...

FBI's search of Trump's Florida estate: Why now?

Aug. 09, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence ricocheted around government, politics and a polarized country Tuesday along with questions as to why the Justice Department — notably cautious under Attorney General Merrick Garland —...

Rep. Scott Perry says FBI agents seized his cellphone

Aug. 09, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said his cellphone was seized Tuesday morning by FBI agents carrying a search warrant. The circumstances surrounding the seizure were not immediately known. Perry, though, has been a figure in the congressional investigation into President...