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House panel opens sweeping probe of Trump, his associates

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign ...

Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers began tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses Monday in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people, including children. The trail of ...

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President ...

Slaying of one of their own unnerves gangland reporters

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips ...

Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins presidential race

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who's used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for ...

New techniques let scientists zero in on individual cells

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average. That joke about a very rich man is an old one among statisticians. So why did Peter Smibert use it to explain a ...

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has ...

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There'll be much talk of a "rat," hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign. But did President Donald Trump break the law? That's the key question Michael Cohen will be expected to answer with documents on ...

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and that Trump is ...

Supreme Court considers fate of cross-shaped war memorial

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is diving into a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life in a case about a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. Those challenging the cross say that if the court allows it to stand on public land, ...