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US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, ...

Channeling maybe-yes, maybe-no Mueller: Speak, Bob, Speak!

By NANCY BENAC Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — See Bob investigate. Read Bob's report. Wait, Bob, what? For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and ...

White House hopefuls swarm rival’s home turf of California

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf. Former Vice President ...

California reporter vows to protect source after police raid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A freelance journalist is vowing to protect his source after San Francisco police raided his home and office while keeping him handcuffed for several hours as part of a criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report. Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

By TOM JAMES The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than ...

Prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in the vehicle of a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Texas girl, according to a prosecutor. Derion Vence, 26, remained jailed Sunday on a $1 million bond ...

Hearing in Colorado school shooting put off until next week

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the case against two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in a suburban Denver charter school have until next week to decide what charges to pursue, a judge ruled ...

Farrakhan delivers insult while denying he’s anti-Semitic

By HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced "Satanic Jews" in a speech denying allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform. During the speech Thursday at a ...

Utah event celebrates Transcontinental Railroad anniversary

By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) — Music, bells and cannon fire rang out Friday at a remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad were hammered 150 years ago, uniting a nation long separated by vast expanses of desert, ...

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

By MORGAN LEE Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step ...