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'16 race said in Sessions' Russian talks

Reports say spy intercepts contradict assertions of AG

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Continue reading...

Trump press chief quits

Scaramucci hiring said to prompt Spicer exit

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday after a six-month tenure, saying President Donald Trump's communications team "could benefit from a clean slate" as the White House seeks to steady operations during the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown. Continue reading...

Sessions, Philadelphia's police boss clash on illegal aliens

Subscriber onlyPHILADELPHIA -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday again singled out Philadelphia as an increasingly violent city made more dangerous by people living in the country illegally. Continue reading...

Student death leads U.S. to ban travel to N. Korea

800 to 1,000 Americans said to visit annually

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- American citizens will be barred by the U.S. from traveling to North Korea beginning next month after a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday. Continue reading...

Judge orders buffer at Kentucky clinic

Ruling precedes anti-abortion vigils

Subscriber onlyLOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Anti-abortion activists were ordered by a judge Friday to stay away from a "buffer zone" outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic, which is bracing for protests this weekend by a national group. Continue reading...

Suit filed over 'bathroom bill'

N.C. replacement law still discriminatory, ACLU maintains

Subscriber onlyRALEIGH, N.C. -- The law that replaced North Carolina's "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. Continue reading...

Minneapolis police chief resigns after police killing of Australian

Subscriber onlyMINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman by a police officer. Continue reading...

Ex-cartel member sentenced in U.S.

Subscriber onlyLAREDO, Texas — Prosecutors said a former high-ranking member of the Zetas cartel in Mexico will serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes. Continue reading...

Russia likes to 'stick it to America,' CIA chief says

Subscriber onlyASPEN, Colo. -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to "stick it to America." Continue reading...

As flak flies, vets of CBO defend work

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The former directors of the Congressional Budget Office -- a bipartisan group that includes some of the nation's most eminent economists -- published a letter defending the agency Friday morning after weeks of criticism from the Trump administration. Continue reading...

Abortion items muddle prospects of health bill

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Senate parliamentarian added a new complication to Republican hopes for their health care bill, ruling that the GOP would need to win 60 votes to retain anti-abortion provisions in the measure, Democrats said late Friday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyKentucky to pay upfor same-sex balk Continue reading...

Trump extols Arkansas Pearl Harbor hero

6 USS Arizona sailors saved by Arkansan, survivors say

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump welcomed three Pearl Harbor survivors to the White House on Friday, including two who are alive today because of an Arkansas man's heroism. Continue reading...

AG Jeff Sessions vows to stay despite Trump's jabs

Will do job ‘as long as that is appropriate,’ he declares

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Thursday to stay in his job, a day after President Donald Trump upbraided him for recusing from the Russia investigation. Continue reading...

Health bill again said to add 22 million uninsured

Subscriber onlyThe nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the latest version of a Senate bill to repeal and replace the health care law would leave 15 million people without health insurance next year, rising to 22 million in 2026. Continue reading...

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