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Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.<p>The White House …

Russia

Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations, a move meant to bolster domestic energy production but which environmentalists have vowed to challenge in court.<p>The decree, dubbed the "Energy …

Mosul residents were told not to flee city before airstrikes that killed civilians

Pentagon opens investigation into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from Isis<p>Residents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians, Amnesty International has …

Syria

Some state lawmakers seek to protect birth-control access

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) -- Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they …

Abortion

Terrorism Charges for White Man Accused of Hunting Down Black Men

The professed white supremacist accused of traveling to New York City just to kill a black man — with the intention of stirring racial fears and claiming even more lives — was charged with murder as an act of terrorism on Monday.<p>James Harris Jackson, 28, was charged with one count each of murder in …

Crime

Westminster terrorist's 'shocked' wife 'totally condemns his actions'

The wife of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "saddened and shocked" by the atrocity, saying she "condemns" his actions.<p>Rohey Hydara spoke out after Masood 's mother, Janet Ajao, said she had "shed many tears" for her son's victims.<p>In a statement released through the Metropolitan …

Terrorism

Malaysia says Kim Jong-nam's body still in Kuala Lumpur

Body of estranged half-brother of North Korean leader has not left the country, health minister says.<p>The body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, murdered in Malaysia last month, is still in Kuala Lumpur, health minister Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said …

Kim Jong-nam

Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost …

Climate Change

In Health Bill’s Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age

When it was created more than a half century ago, Medicaid almost escaped notice.<p>Front-page stories hailed the bigger, more controversial part of the law that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed that July day in 1965 — health insurance for elderly people, or Medicare, which the American Medical …

Health Care

Climate Change Denialists in Charge

As President Trump prepares to unveil an executive order to dismantle President Barack Obama’s climate change policies, Washington’s policy-making posts are filling with officials who have a record of openly denying the established science of human-caused climate change.<p>Climate denial starts at the …

Climate Change

Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man

PARIS - Violent clashes in Paris between police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home have left three police officers injured and 35 protesters arrested, authorities said Tuesday.<p>Demonstrators, who were from the Asian community, had gathered in the multicultural …

Dallas

For Some Fliers, Electronics Ban Makes for a Bumpy Ride

Although it went into effect only on Saturday, a ban on electronic devices like laptops and tablets on certain overseas flights bound for the United States and Britain has already prompted business travelers to rethink their travel plans.<p>For travelers who frequently cross through the Middle East …

Airlines

CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Botches Basic Facts While Ripping Obama

She was blasting Obama for playing golf.<p>Kayleigh McEnany, one of CNN’s in-house surrogates for President Donald Trump, claimed that President Barack Obama went golfing after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered by terrorists.<p>“You have President Obama who, after the ― I believe it …

Donald Trump

Call for Ethics Probe Over Steve Mnuchin 'Lego Batman' Plug

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's recent comments appearing to promote <i>The Lego Batman Movie</i> has prompted a Democratic senator to call on the …

Ethics

‘Big Maple Leaf’ Gold Coin Stolen From Berlin’s Bode Museum

BERLIN — A 220-pound gold coin named "Big Maple Leaf" has been stolen from a museum in Berlin.<p>The 1.18-inch thick coin, with a diameter of 20.9 inches, has a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($750,000).<p>By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.<p>"It's …

Queen Elizabeth II

Immigrant's bid to avoid deportation before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice.<p>The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in an appeal by Jae (JAY) Lee, who has lived in the United …

Deportation

Sadiq Khan: give EU citizens 'cast-iron guarantee' they can stay in UK

Speaking at Brussels event, London mayor says an offer to 3.3m EU nationals in UK would be ‘perfect gesture of goodwill’<p>The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has stepped up calls for the British government to offer a “cast-iron guarantee” to EU nationals on their right to remain in the UK after …

Europe

The personal data of all of Hong Kong's 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen

Two laptops containing personal information of Hong Kong's 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen.<p>The laptops were reported missing by the Hong Kong electoral office, in what could be the city's largest scale data breach.<p>The devices were reportedly stolen from a locked room on Lantau …

Hong Kong

French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs

PARIS (AP) — The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed.<p>Fillon himself has already been charged in the case, which has deeply damaged the conservative candidate's chances …

Employment

The singular, gender-neutral ‘they’ added to the Associated Press Stylebook

The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.<p>“We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated …

Gender

Hungary opens shipping container camp for refugees

Every asylum seeker in Hungary, except for young children, will be housed in shipping container camps along the border. Only unaccompanied children are exempted from detention.<p>Hungary was due to begin detaining asylum-seekers in shipping-container camps on its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday.<p>…

Refugees

Multiple violations found days before fatal blaze killed 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three of the low-income residents.<p>During a Friday inspection, officials found the building lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in …

Oakland

Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87; Nelson Mandela's trusted ally helped overturn apartheid in South Africa

Ahmed Kathrada, a close confidante of Nelson Mandela who dedicated his life to opposing apartheid and racism, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87.<p>Kathrada died after suffering a "short period of illness," according to a statement from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was …

South Africa

Trump Vacation Costs: Mar-A-Lago Trips A Major ‘Financial Burden’ On Florida District, Democrats Say

President Donald Trump’s weekend visits to his Florida estate have been a source of great “financial burden” on the local government, Florida …

Government

Russian authorities 'imprisoning Crimean Tatars in psychiatric hospitals'

Since annexation many ethnic Tatar activists have been detained in outdated mental institutions, rights activists say<p>Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological …

Human Rights

Orrin Hatch to back nuclear option if needed to confirm Gorsuch

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest serving Republican senator and a Senate traditionalist, told CNN Monday he will vote for the "nuclear option" if it's needed to break a Democratic filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.<p>Hatch said the controversial …

U.S. Supreme Court

Cyclone Debbie makes landfall in Queensland

A destructive storm carrying heavy rain and winds of more then 260 km/h has made land fall on Australia’s north east coast.<p>Cyclone Debbie has been upgraded to a category four – that is just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level, but forecasters say it could rise to level five as it …

European News

Trump tweets: 'Russia story is a hoax'

President Donald Trump criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policies on Russia in a series of tweets Monday night, adding, the "Trump Russia story is a hoax."<p>"Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, …

Russia

United States and Allies Protest U.N. Talks to Ban Nuclear Weapons

UNITED NATIONS — Saying the time was not right to outlaw nuclear arms, the United States led a group of dozens of United Nations members on Monday that boycotted talks at the global organization for a treaty that would ban the weapons.<p>“There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no …

North Korea

In Protests, Kremlin Fears a Young Generation Stirring

MOSCOW — The weekend anticorruption protests that roiled Moscow and nearly 100 Russian towns clearly rattled the Kremlin, unprepared for their size and seeming spontaneity. But perhaps the biggest surprise, even to protest leaders themselves, was the youthfulness of the crowds.<p>A previously …

Russia

US Senate vote clears way for Montenegro NATO entry

Montenegro is on the verge of becoming NATO's latest member after the US Senate voted to clear the way for a final vote on its accession. Backers of the move said it would send a stern message to Russia.<p>The Senate voted 97-2 on Monday in favor of allowing a vote later this week on the ratification …

NATO

ICE agent shoots armed man in Chicago while attempting to arrest someone else, officials say

A federal immigration official shot and injured a man in Chicago while attempting to arrest another person in the city, authorities said Monday.<p>However, it was not clear whether immigration officials were attempting to arrest someone on Monday morning due to their immigration status or if the …

Policing

Immigration Authorities Target Oregon ‘Dreamer’ Over DUI

Federal authorities targeted a so-called "DREAMer" in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend because of a driving under the influence charge from December, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman told NBC News on Monday.<p>Francisco Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, was released on unspecified bond from …

Immigration

Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds

In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.<p>Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states …

Marijuana

Venezuela to create new exchange rate mechanism: President Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will create a new currency exchange mechanism to replace the DICOM rate, also known as SIMADI, President Nicolas Maduro said late on Monday in a televised speech.<p>The country currently has two official exchange rates, DIPRO at 10 and SIMADI at 709 bolivars per dollar. …

Venezuela

Cyclone Debbie lashes Whitsunday Islands, cutting power

High winds and heavy rainfall batter resorts along Great barrier Reef, with some damage reported.<p>Coastal areas in northeast Australia were battered by high winds and heavy rainfall on Tuesday as a powerful cyclone, which prompted authorities to urge some 30,000 people to evacuate, hit island …

Climate

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday.<p>The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology.<p>One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine …

Man charged with murder as terrorism in deadly NYC stabbing

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 28-year-old man who said he came to New York to kill black people faces terrorism- and hate crime-related murder charges in the fatal stabbing death of Timothy Caughman, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Monday.<p>James Harris Jackson told police he was targeting black …

Crime

Lawsuit: Bus terminal bathroom arrests target gays

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police of targeting gay men who use the restrooms at New York City's main bus terminal.<p>The class action lawsuit claims Port Authority police officers engage in discrimination by falsely arresting men perceived as gay at the …

Finance

Screams alert residents to fire that killed 2 in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Awakened by screams of "fire," Michael Jones bolted out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness Monday at the dilapidated Oakland apartment building he calls home, instinctively pounded on the doors of his elderly neighbors and ushered them to safety — walkers and all.<p>Jones, 43, then …

Housing