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Trump pledges hands off Russia probe, may "change my mind'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he "won't be involved" in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling - unless he changes his mind - as a Senate panel moved to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt to fire him....



Husband-wife duo on Trump legal team seen as skilled lawyers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the FBI raided a client of Martin and Jane Raskin's law firm, the attorneys fended off the search warrant with an emergency motion that argued the records were protected by attorney-client privilege. A protective order was issued, the documents were placed in a locked room and a special master was appointed....



FBI says it warned White House about Rob Porter in March '17
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI first flagged "derogatory information" about Rob Porter, one of President Donald Trump's closest aides, to the White House counsel's office in March 2017, according to a new timeline provided by the FBI to Congress and publicly released Thursday....



Trump's VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump's struggles to fill key jobs and the perils of his occasional spur-of-the-moment-decision-making....



At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings....



Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mike Pompeo took over as America's top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed off to Europe in an energetic start befitting the high-stakes issues awaiting him from Iran to North Korea....



Trump boasted he'd open all JFK files, but now says he can't
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn't made good on the "great transparency" he promised then....



Speaker Ryan forces out House chaplain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has forced out the House chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy....



Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools
PHOENIX (AP) -- Teachers in Arizona and Colorado turned their state Capitols into a sea of red Thursday as they kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding, building on educator revolt that emerged elsewhere in the U.S. but whose political prospects were not clear....



Trump's Cohen comments raise questions about relationship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday that personal attorney Michael Cohen handles very little of his legal work, but did represent him in the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal," a rare presidential public reference to the porn star who claims she had sex with the president in 2006....