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Lawmaker, Conservative Group Seek Ethics Probes of Rep. Omar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Republican state legislator and a conservative group are seeking ethics investigations of Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses. Steve Drazkowski and Judicial Watch say Omar may have committed…

FBI Chief Wray Says China Poses a Serious Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director Christopher Wray says China poses a more serious counterintelligence threat to the United States than any other country, including Russia. Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday the FBI has more than 1,000 investigations…

Senators Unveil Compromise to Reduce Drug Costs for Seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senior senators - one Republican, one Democrat - are unveiling compromise legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs. Staffers for Iowa Republican…

USDA Rule Could Affect 3.1M Food Stamp Recipients

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is proposing to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program, a change that could affect about 3.1 million people. The Agriculture Department says the rule would close "a loophole" that enables people…

Financier Jeffrey Epstein Appeals Bail Denial Decision

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for financier Jeffrey Epstein are appealing a judge's decision to keep him behind bars until a trial on sex trafficking charges. The notice of appeal, dated Monday, was publicly filed Tuesday into the Manhattan federal…

Franken Says He 'absolutely' Regrets Resigning From Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after seven women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. Franken made the comments in an interview with The New Yorker…

Trump Insists He Won't Be Watching Mueller Testimony

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump is insisting that he won't be watching former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony. Mueller, whose appearance on Capitol Hill has been anticipated for months, is expected to testify for at least…

Budget Negotiators Close on Debt, Agency Spending Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiations between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a critical debt and budget bill are on the cusp of a deal. That's according to aides on both sides of the talks, who say the…

Equifax to Pay Up to $700M in Data Breach Settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The proposed…

Telescope Standoff on Hawaii Mountain Goes into 5th Day

HONOLULU (AP) - Hundreds of protesters trying to stop the construction of a giant telescope on land some consider sacred continue to gather at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain. Protest leader Kaho'okahi Kanuha says Friday is shaping up to…

Russo Brothers Field Questions From Avengers at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) - "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching "Avatar's" all-time box office record and even fielded…

Federal Judge Upholds a Trump Alternative to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., found…

Instagram Expands Hiding 'Likes' to Make You Happier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The…

US Citizen Charged with Training Islamic State Group Members

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say a U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan who became a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group has been charged with terrorism crimes. The charges were announced Friday in Brooklyn against Ruslan Maratovich…

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