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Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see ...

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

By ALAN FRAM and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after Republicans warned ...

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

By AMY FORLITI and MATT O'BRIEN Associated Press The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate. The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 ...

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President ...

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. "It was ultimately not clear we could ...

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN, and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, "not show weakness" and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets that urged four Democratic congresswomen of color to ...

Police officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death won’t be charged

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, MICHAEL R. SISAK, COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — ...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey’s ‘drift’ from West

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air ...

Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' ...

R. Kelly expected to appear for court hearing Tuesday

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. U.S. District Judge Harry ...