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  • U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergency

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    Democrats who control the House did not attract enough Republican support, falling some three dozen votes short of the two-thirds majority vote needed to overturn Trump's veto. Just 14 Republicans joined 234 Democrats in voting to override, one more Republican than had bucked Trump in a previous House vote on the border wall emergency. With the 248-181 tally, Trump is now likely to continue scouring federal accounts for money he wants redirected to building a border wall, which he says is needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:02:55 -0400
  • Purdue Pharma agrees to $270 million settlement in Oklahoma opioid case

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    The settlement unveiled by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Tuesday was the first to result from a wave of lawsuits accusing Purdue of deceptively marketing painkillers, helping create a deadly crisis sweeping the United States. Hunter's 2017 lawsuit was set to go to a jury on May 28 in what would have been the first trial from roughly 2,000 lawsuits filed in federal and state courts against Purdue and other drugmakers.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:07:46 -0400
  • Patriots owner Kraft wants jury trial in Florida prostitution case

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    Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday filed court papers requesting a jury trial on solicitation of prostitution charges stemming from a sting operation at a Florida massage parlor. The documents also formally waive Kraft's right to an arraignment hearing and reiterate the not guilty plea he entered last month. Kraft, 77, was charged in February with soliciting prostitution after police said he was captured on hidden camera footage engaging in sex acts with a worker at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:04:16 -0400
  • Jussie Smollett hoax charge dropped by Chicago prosecutors, prompting mayor's rebuke

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    "This is a whitewash of justice," Emanuel told a news conference. "From top to bottom, this is not on the level." The mayor's comments capped a dizzying three hours that began at a brief court hearing on Tuesday, when prosecutors abruptly announced they were abandoning the case. In a statement after the hearing, the office of the Cook County State's Attorney cited Smollett's prior community service and his willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond, calling it a "just disposition." Smollett, his lawyers and his family hailed the move as vindication of his account, which had touched off a furor in the United States, where Trump's 2016 presidential victory has fueled increasingly heated political divisions.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:53:23 -0400
  • Start your engine, U.S. justices tell hovercraft-riding moose hunter

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    In the words of Justice Elena Kagan, an Alaska hunter can now "rev up his hovercraft in search of moose" after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled in favor of his bid to use a river on a federal preserve to reach his prey. The nine-member court sided with hunter John Sturgeon, who park rangers had prevented from riding his hovercraft on a river through territory overseen by the National Park Service to reach remote moose-hunting grounds in the northernmost U.S. state. It marked the second time Sturgeon has won at the Supreme Court in his long-running feud with the federal government.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:50:11 -0400
  • After devastating floods, U.S. Midwest farms need more than 'paper towels' to recover

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    Relief groups are giving tetanus shots and handing out free meals and cleaning supplies near his farm in the Langdon-Rock Port area, about 100 miles (161 km) northwest of Kansas City. Hit by the worst flooding in living memory, he and thousands of other farmers along the Missouri River will each require hundreds of thousands of dollars in disaster funds or loans to start over. Slammed by a trade war and low commodity prices, Midwest family farms have been in the red and in decline for the last five years.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:41:19 -0400
  • U.S. top court backs Sudan over American sailors in USS Cole bombing case

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    In a 8-1 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court's decision that had allowed the sailors to collect the damages from certain banks that held Sudanese assets. The decision represented a major victory for Sudan, which denies that it provided any support to al Qaeda for the attack in Yemen. Sudan was backed by President Donald Trump's administration in the case.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:26:19 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps

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    More than two hours of arguments in major cases from North Carolina and Maryland on the practice known as partisan gerrymandering focused on whether courts should be empowered to block electoral maps when they are drawn by state legislators expressly to give one political party a lopsided advantage. The ruling, due by the end of June, could impact U.S. elections for decades either by allowing federal courts to curb partisan gerrymandering or by giving state legislators a free hand to draw districts as they choose. Kavanaugh, appointed last year by President Donald Trump, said he did not dispute that extreme partisan gerrymandering was a problem for democracy.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:16:48 -0400
  • Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos says applied for pardon

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    Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, the first person charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, said on Tuesday his lawyers have applied for a pardon and that he may withdraw his guilty plea. "My lawyers have applied for a pardon from the president for me," Papadopoulos said in an interview with Reuters, adding that the request was made a few days ago. Papadopoulos, who was plucked out of obscurity to work as a foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign, has become an increasingly vocal critic of Mueller's Russia probe since completing a 12-day prison term in December.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:49:07 -0400
  • Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos says applied for pardon

    (Reuters) - George Papadopoulos, the first Trump campaign aide charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, said on Tuesday his lawyers have applied for a pardon from President Donald Trump and that he is considering a withdrawal of his guilty plea.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:11:30 -0400
  • House Armed Services chairman denies $1 billion transfer for Trump wall

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    Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday that the Department of Defense had shifted $1 billion from other military construction projects to build part of the barrier along the southern border. Democratic Representative Adam Smith, the committee's chairman, said the panel did not approve the proposed use of Pentagon funds. The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct additional physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United States border," Smith said in a letter to the Department of Defense.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:06:29 -0400
  • U.S. House panel OKs move to give Congress records of FBI probes against Trump

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    In a surprising show of bipartisanship, days after U.S. Attorney General William Barr told Congress he did not find an obstruction case against Trump, the Democratic-led panel voted 22-0 to send the measure to the full House of Representatives for a possible floor vote. Full House approval would give Barr 14 days to comply with the demand for all records and communications concerning FBI investigations of Trump, as well any discussions within the Justice Department about secretly recording the president or seeking to replace him by invoking the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers are looking specifically at obstruction of justice and counterintelligence probes that former FBI Director Andrew McCabe says he launched after Trump fired his predecessor, James Comey, in May 2017.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:16:00 -0400
  • Federal judge ends North Carolina ban on abortions after 20 weeks

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    A U.S. federal court struck down North Carolina's decades-old ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying any "week- or event-specific" abortion ban is unconstitutional. The law, which took effect in 1973, only allowed an abortion after 20 weeks in the case of a medical emergency. U.S. District Judge William Osteen in Greensboro overturned the ban on Monday, allowing an abortion to take place at any point before the fetus is viable, or able to potentially live outside the womb, as determined by a doctor.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:49:33 -0400
  • Police give all-clear to German town halls after bomb threats

    Police and sniffer dogs who searched town halls in Germany which received bomb threats overnight found nothing suspicious on Tuesday. The six town halls, which had been evacuated, reopened during the day. "Investigations by Saarland police after a bomb threat in Neunkirchen is over.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:17:28 -0400
  • Coast Guard still limits traffic at Houston Ship Channel, 56 vessels wait

    Restrictions at the busiest U.S. energy port on Tuesday continued to affect nearby refineries and slow efforts to end a shipping bottleneck after a massive petrochemical fire and spill near Houston halted vessel traffic for several days. The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a portion of the Houston Ship Channel to shallow-water vessels during daytime hours to help clear a backlog of nearly 60 vessels waiting to enter and leave a portion of the waterway that connects the Port of Houston to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. A total of 56 ships were waiting to cross the 53-mile (85-km) waterway to the busiest U.S. oil port, the Coast Guard said.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:24:53 -0400
  • U.S. House panel again postpones Trump business associate, to focus on Mueller report

    The announcement comes a day after Attorney General William Barr disclosed a summary of the probe that said Mueller had found no evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. A spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee said in an emailed statement that testimony by Felix Sater, a Russian-born property developer who worked on a plan to build a Trump-branded skyscraper in Moscow, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, would be postponed.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:05:00 -0400
  • Kamala Harris courts unions, minorities with call to raise teacher pay

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    WASHINGTON/SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris on Tuesday released a plan that would use federal money to raise teachers' salaries, in a nod to several constituencies whose help she will need to win next year's Democratic presidential nomination – teachers unions, women and black voters. The proposal – Harris' first major policy rollout as a 2020 White House candidate – would invest $315 billion over 10 years to give the average teacher a $13,500 raise, or about a 23 percent salary increase, according to a Harris campaign aide. The National Education Association (NEA), which has 3 million members, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which has 1.7 million members, are likely months away from endorsing in the 2020 Democratic primary, if they do so at all.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:11:10 -0400
  • Flooding woes add to trade war stress in 'Trump country' farm belt

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    COLUMBUS, Neb./CHICAGO (Reuters) - Nebraska grain farmer Ryan Ueberrhein was barely breaking even after the U.S.-China trade war pushed prices for his soybean crop to a decade low. The trade war "keeps damaging us," said Ueberrhein, 34, of Valley, Nebraska, who voted for Trump. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to arrive in China this week for another round of trade talks with their Chinese counterparts.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:10:06 -0400
  • Ex-coaches among 12 to plead not guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal

    The 12 people appeared in federal court in Boston to face charges that they took part in a $25 million racketeering conspiracy in which wealthy parents paid for help cheating on admissions exams for their children and to bribe coaches who secured spots for their children in elite universities as fake athletic prospects.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:03:17 -0400
  • Republicans block U.S. Senate Democrats' move on making Mueller report public

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    U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of making the report public, with no Republican opposition. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:34:54 -0400
  • U.S. Senate Republican wants a special counsel to investigate Trump probe

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    A day after the attorney general said the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found Trump's campaign did not conspire with Russia, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said: "We will begin to unpack the other side of the story." He said it was time to look at the origins of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump adviser Carter Page, which was based in part on information in a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who co-founded a private intelligence firm. Graham told reporters he planned to ask Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the FISA matter, which is already being probed by the Justice Department's internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:26:25 -0400
  • Republicans block U.S. Senate Democrats' move on making Mueller report public

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    U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of making the report public, with no Republican opposition. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:06:02 -0400
  • Trump, allies attack president's critics after he is cleared of Russia collusion

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    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Sunday released a four-page summary of the findings of the investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 election. "There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country," Trump told reporters at the White House, without mentioning anyone by name or citing specific actions. Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and a Trump ally, told reporters he would ask Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:09:11 -0400
  • Obamacare enrollments drop marginally for 2019

    Enrollments in healthcare plans for 2019 through the Federal Obamacare marketplace dropped marginally by 300,000 from last year, according to U.S. government figures released on Monday. The decrease in plan selections could likely be due to lower demand for exchange coverage, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said. About 11.4 million people signed up for 2019 healthcare plans, according to the CMS.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:07:05 -0400
  • Oklahoma top court clears way for Purdue, J&J, Teva to face opioid trial

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    The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision was a win for the state's attorney general, whose case is set to be the first to face trial of roughly 2,000 lawsuits nationally seeking to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for contributing to the epidemic. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's 2017 lawsuit accuses Purdue, Johnson & Johnson & Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd of engaging in deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction associated with opioid pain drugs while overstating their benefits. The trial delay bid came as Purdue, owned by members of the wealthy Sackler family, was exploring filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to address potential liabilities stemming from the lawsuits, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:54:43 -0400
  • U.S. top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

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    A federal judge imposed a $50,000-per-day fine against the company, which had asked the justices to hear its appeal of a December appeals court ruling that upheld a judge's decision to hold it in contempt for refusing to fulfill a document request made in the subpoena. The company already could owe more than $3 million. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal in a brief order with no noted dissents from any of the nine justices.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:46:27 -0400
  • Duke University pays $112.5 million in fake research case sparked by whistleblower

    The accord resolves claims by a former Duke laboratory research analyst who said the Durham, North Carolina-based university knew that Erin Potts-Kant used fraudulent data to obtain grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. False claims were submitted in connection with 30 grants, starting in 2006, causing agencies to award funds that they would not otherwise have paid, the Justice Department said. "We expect Duke researchers to adhere always to the highest standards of integrity, and virtually all of them do that with great dedication," Duke President Vincent Price said in a statement.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:13:09 -0400
  • Ex-coaches among 12 to plead not guilty in U.S. college admission scandal

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    By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Former coaches from the University of Southern California and Georgetown University were among a dozen people who pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that they participated in the largest college admissions fraud scheme uncovered in U.S. history. The 12 people appeared in Boston federal court to face charges that they took part in a $25 million racketeering conspiracy in which wealthy parents paid for help cheating on admissions exams and to bribe coaches who secured spots for their children in elite universities as fake athletic prospects. ...

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:01:21 -0400
  • Texas refineries cut output as petrochemical spill curbs shipping

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    A petrochemical disaster outside Houston that has disrupted ship traffic for days at a major U.S. oil port led two major refineries on Monday to reduce fuel production, according to people familiar with the matter. A fire and fuel leak at Mitsui & Co Inc's Intercontinental Terminals Co storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, last week sent gasoline, water and fire suppressant foam into the Houston Ship Channel, a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and LyondellBasell Industries cut production at their oil refineries on the waterway, according to people familiar with their operations.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:23:27 -0400
  • Trump: U.S. Special Counsel Mueller acted honorably

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably, President Donald Trump said on Monday, days after the fellow Republican wrapped up his Russia probe with no evidence of criminal collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:29:21 -0400
  • Mueller said three weeks ago he wouldn't reach decision on obstruction: Justice official

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    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller informed top U.S. Justice Department officials three weeks ago that he would not be reaching a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice during the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a U.S. Justice official said Monday. The decision by Mueller not to reach a determination was "unexpected," the person added, speaking anonymously in order to discuss private conversations involving U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who received the news. ...

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:20:52 -0400
  • Explainer: Why an obstruction case against Trump was so difficult

    Barr sent a four-page letter to congressional leaders summarizing a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in on Friday, which remains confidential. Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election and to probe whether the president later unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller vindicated Trump on the core question of Russian collusion, writing in his report that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," according to Barr's letter.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:14:28 -0400
  • White House says pardons for Trump associates not discussed

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    There have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pleaded guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the White House said on Monday. There has been "no discussion that I'm aware of" regarding pardons, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Fellow White House spokesman Hogan Gidley also told MSNBC in an interview that the White House has not had any conversations about such pardons.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:16:57 -0400
  • Spill blocks 60 ships from upper Houston Ship Channel: U.S. Coast Guard

    A total of 60 ships can neither enter nor exit the upper Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday, because of clean up of a spill into the waterway connecting the busiest U.S. petrochemical port with the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty ships were waiting to enter the ship channel and 30 ships were waiting to exit as traffic is stopped while a spill of chemicals from the International Terminals Co fire in Deer Park, Texas, is contained and cleaned up, the Coast Guard said.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:25:54 -0400
  • Explainer: Why Trump's legal woes go beyond the Mueller report

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    Other continuing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee. The special counsel on Friday submitted his confidential report on the investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who must decide on how much of it to make public. On Sunday Barr released a summary of Mueller's findings that said the investigation did not find that President Donald Trump committed a crime but also does not exonerate him.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:03:04 -0400
  • Factbox: The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways

    Here are five takeaways from the 22-month Trump-Russia investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller that concluded with a summary submitted to Congress on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr: ** Mueller's investigation did not establish that President Donald Trump's campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ** The special counsel left unresolved questions about whether the president obstructed justice. Barr concluded the evidence was "not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense." ** With the 2020 election campaign under way, the political fight continues in Washington.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Republican delight, Democrat dismay as Mueller details released

    Mueller found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, delighting Trump's followers in battleground states and bewildering opponents. Trump, who will hold a rally in Michigan on Thursday and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a "witch hunt," quickly hailed the announcement as "complete and total exoneration." Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump broke the law by interfering with probes into the 2016 election and left Barr to make a decision. The attorney general said Mueller did not present enough evidence to warrant charging Trump with obstruction of justice.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election

    U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to look into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and people associated with Republican Trump's campaign.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Russia calls on U.S. to formally recognize there was no collusion

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry called on the United States on Monday to formally recognize there was no collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign at the 2016 elections following the conclusion of a months-long U.S. investigation. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a summary released on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had found no evidence of collusion in his investigation, but had not determined whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining inquiries that have dogged his presidency. ...

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election has ensnared dozens of people, including several advisers to President Donald Trump and a series of Russian nationals and companies. Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official, in May 2017 appointed Mueller to look into Russian interference, whether members of Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow officials and whether the Republican president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller has charged 34 people and three companies.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy but some questions left unresolved

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    It marked a political victory for Trump. The Kremlin said following the release of Barr's summary that President Vladimir Putin was ready to improve ties with the United States but was up to Washington to make the first move. It was given to Trump in Helsinki," Peskov said in a conference call with reporters on Monday, referring to a summit between Putin and Trump in the Finnish capital in July 2018.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Mueller report is blow to U.S. Democrats' plans to probe Trump

    Democrats promptly called for the release of Mueller's full report and noted that he did not exonerate Trump on the question of whether the president obstructed justice in trying to undermine investigations into the election campaign. “Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham observed.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • Letter from attorney general to Congress on Mueller report

    The following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday summarizing a report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election: Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins: As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, march 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared. The Special Counsel's Report On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a "confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions" he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c).

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:02:48 -0400
  • More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest

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    Record floods that submerged parts of three Midwestern states bringing death and destruction were retreating in Kansas City on Monday but icy tributaries in Montana and the Dakotas threatened more floods for weeks to come, the National Weather Service said. High flood waters have already returned in the western Dakotas, northwest Nebraska and central and eastern Montana, along smaller rivers that feed into the Missouri, David Roth, a meteorologist with the NWS's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said on Monday.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:17:28 -0400
  • Graffiti about New Zealand shooting left at U.S. mosque fire: media

    Police and firefighters were called to the Islamic Center of Escondido, north of San Diego, about 3:15 a.m. (1015 GMT) on Sunday about a fire that blackened an outside wall, the San Diego Tribune and other media reported. The exact words in the graffiti message were not released by police.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 01:12:24 -0400
  • Caravan of migrants in Mexico starts moving towards U.S.

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    A caravan of some 1,200 migrants from Central America and Cuba began moving towards the U.S. border from southern Mexico this weekend, migration authorities said on Sunday. The National Migration Institute said the migrants were already inside Mexico when they opted to form a caravan in the southern city of Tapachula on the border with Guatemala. Caravans of migrants bound for the United States have sparked friction with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has accused Mexico of failing to contain illegal immigration and wants a border wall built to stop people crossing.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:25:52 -0400
  • Mueller report finds no evidence that Trump campaign colluded with Russia: Justice Department

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    In a major political victory for Trump, who quickly hailed the announcement as "complete and total exoneration," Mueller's nearly two years of investigation ended with a finding that no one in Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government," according to a summary of Mueller's findings. The long-awaited report into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to help the Republican defeat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, marked a major milestone of his presidency as he prepares for his 2020 re-election battle. Mueller himself did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump broke the law by interfering with the various probes into the 2016 election that have cast a pall over his presidency, but presented his evidence to Barr to make a determination.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:57:59 -0400
  • Factbox: The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways

    ** Mueller's investigation did not establish that President Donald Trump's campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ** The special counsel left unresolved questions about whether the president obstructed justice.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:51:03 -0400
  • Record river flooding begins to recede in Kansas City area

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    Record flooding along the Missouri River that left death and destruction in three Midwestern states appeared to have crested on Sunday in the Kansas City area without causing major damage and continued to move downstream, local officials said. Although the surge had begun to recede in Kansas City, Missouri's largest city, a number of riverfront roads remained flooded and city residents were urged to conserve water to help utility crews cope with the deluge. Officials of two small, Missouri waterfront communities just outside Kansas City, Riverside and Parkville, which had been bracing for flooding, said early on Sunday that the worst appeared to be over.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:45:21 -0400
  • Trump lawyer Giuliani says Mueller report 'better than I expected'

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    President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign colluded, and whether Trump obstructed justice was more positive than he had anticipated, based on the summary of the report released on Sunday. "It's better than I expected," said Giuliani, who, echoing Trump, relentlessly attacked Mueller and his work when he began to represent the president last year. Mueller's report, according to the summary by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, found no evidence President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in the 2016 election.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:59:47 -0400
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