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Todd Rokita's anti-Louis Farrakhan resolution spurs call to condemn Trump instead

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:56:01 -0400

It would be helpful for congressional Democrats if Louis Farrakhan would quietly fade from view, at least until Nov. 6, but it doesn't appear that he's going anywhere.

A delegation of black organizations made the rounds Monday on Capitol Hill to promote a proposal condemning President Trump and lobby against ...

Zachary Cruz, brother of Nikolas Cruz, arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:43:17 -0400

The brother of the teenager accused in the Florida school shooting was arrested Monday and charged with trespassing at that very school.

According to authorities, Zachary Cruz bypassed several entrance blockages at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to "soak it in" at the site where brother Nikolas Cruz killed 17 ...

Charles Manson given Christian funeral after Jason Freeman plea

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:05:10 -0400

LOS ANGELES — Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who gained worldwide infamy for the 1969 Los Angeles killings of actress Sharon Tate and others that he hoped would spark a race war.

The memorial occurred ...

Cambridge Analytica Facebook personal data use by Trump campaign routine

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:56:42 -0400

The near-hysterical reaction to the Trump campaign's reported use of personal Facebook data in 2016 ignores a fact of life about social media: businesses, platforms and political campaigns have been collecting users' personal preferences for years through a variety of online tools to reach their target audiences.

This alleged data ...

Kevin McAleenan confirmed as U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:13:14 -0400

Senators brushed aside complaints by immigrant-rights groups and confirmed Kevin McAleenan as head of the government's chief border agency, putting him in charge of building President Trump's border wall and stopping illegal immigration.

Even some of the chamber's most liberal members and most prominent immigrant-rights advocates backed Mr. McAleenan, declining ...

Phil Bryant hails new Mississippi abortion law

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:07:57 -0400

Mississippi's governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?"

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday ...

NTSB urges ban on copter flights with unsafe harness systems

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:01:08 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - A deadly helicopter crash into a river prompted the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday to call on federal regulators to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release.

The NTSB's recommendation comes after last week's helicopter crash in ...

Austin bombings domestic terrorism, NAACP says

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:50:21 -0400

The NAACP is calling the four bombings that have hit Austin in less than three weeks acts of domestic terrorism.

In a statement Monday, NAACP President Derrick Johnson said, "We are asking our membership to be vigilant and to pay attention to anything out of the ordinary in their communities ...

Kusnher Cos. subject of New York City investigation

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:41:42 -0400

NEW YORK — A New York City council member launched an investigation Monday into the Kushner Cos.' routine filing of paperwork falsely claiming zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings, saying that the deception should have been uncovered long ago because the documents are online for all to see.

Councilman Ritchie ...

Trump lawyers hand over documents to Robert Mueller: report

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:26:20 -0400

The Trump legal team has reportedly turned over written material to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in what is being described as an effort to head off a possible perjury-trap interview.

Citing "two people familiar with the situation," the Washington Post on Monday said the written answers "chronicle key ...

Wilfred Stark, American Bridge 21st Century activist, charged in Ryan Zinke spokeswoman assault

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:59:33 -0400

WASHINGTON — An operative for a political committee that supports Democrats has been charged with assault following a confrontation with a staffer for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outside a congressional hearing.

Capitol Police charged Wilfred M. Stark, 49, of Falls Church, Virginia, with simple assault following a confrontation with Heather ...

Driverless Uber kills pedestrian in Arizona; company halts autonomous tests

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:08:00 -0400

A driverless Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona on Sunday night the first fatality of its kind, in what analysts said is a serious blow to plans for a broader autonomous vehicle service.

Uber quickly suspended driverless car trials in Pittsburgh, Toronto, San Francisco and Phoenix in ...

Pennsylvania GOP congressional map challenge rejected by Supreme Court

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:39:29 -0400

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping in place a revised map of Pennsylvania's congressional districts, turning down a request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature.

The court's order Monday declining to put on hold the revised map comes as incumbents and potential challengers are circulating petitions to ...

Cynthia Nixon, 'Sex and the City' actress, announces candidacy for New York governor

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:09:43 -0400

Miranda for governor?

"Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon officially announced Monday that she will run for New York governor, seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Nashville man charged with lying to buy semi-automatic rifle from Walmart

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:29:00 -0400

The Trump administration announced charges Monday against a Tennessee man accused of lying in order to try to buy a gun — mounting the kind of prosecution the Obama administration had generally shied away from.

Authorities say Kari Milak Whitehead, 26, who according to court documents had converted to Islam, ...

Austin attacks likely the work of 'serial bomber,' authorities say

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:18:53 -0400

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday that preliminary evidence shows a connection between the four recent explosions in the Texas city.

"We have seen similarities," Chief Manley said at a press conference. "The big difference in this device … is we believe that a trip wire was used in ...

Trump chief of staff Kelly beefs up White House team with new policy coordinator

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:15:31 -0400

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has added Christopher Liddell, a former Microsoft and General Motors executives, to his team, the White House announced Monday.

Mr. Liddell, who was White House's director of strategic initiatives before the promotion, will serve as deputy chief of staff for policy coordination. The ...

U.S. college student missing in Bermuda; mom appeals for help

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:46:29 -0400

The mother of an American college student reported missing in Bermuda is appealing for the public's help in finding her son.

Nineteen-year-old Mark Dombroski is a member of the rugby team at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Dombroski was competing in an international rugby tournament in Bermuda when he disappeared ...

The Latest: Norfolk Southern clearing derailed freight cars

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:08:23 -0400

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on the train derailment (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Norfolk Southern says it is moving derailed freight cars off the tracks after two trains collided in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The company said in a statement on Monday that four train crew members taken to the ...

4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:04:10 -0400

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two freight trains collided and derailed shortly before midnight, injuring four people and igniting a fire that forced nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said Monday.

Nearby residents were evacuated "out of an abundance of caution after the crash was reported at 11:14 p.m., Lexington Fire Lt. ...