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    Lawyer: California man in Russia probe ‘has made mistakes’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. Richard “Ricky” Pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities […]
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    GOP director takes sole responsibility for anonymous website

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Republican Party’s executive director told a state ethics commission that he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats said slandered their unsuccessful local candidate. The state ethics commission’s staff in a memo released Friday said GOP executive director Jason Savage denied using his party’s […]
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    ‘Putin’s chef’ among Russians indicted by Mueller

    MOSCOW (AP) — He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway […]
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    VA’s chief of staff steps down after travel flap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency’s chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin’s wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense. The internal investigation by the department’s inspector general found “serious derelictions” by Shulkin […]
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    The Latest: Romney talks gun violence in Utah GOP speech

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mitt Romney’s run for a Utah Senate seat (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Mitt Romney used his first big speech as a Utah Senate candidate to call for action to prevent another deadly mass shooting like the one at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. […]
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    EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt is one of several Trump administration officials who have drawn attention over travel costs, including Pruitt’s frequent travel at first-class rates. […]
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    Trump seizes on Mueller charge as proof of ‘no collusion’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday seized on what was wasn’t in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russians as evidence that his campaign didn’t collude in Moscow’s effort to influence the 2016 election. Mueller’s detailed charges against Russian nationals and companies for election meddling aimed in part at trying to boost Trump’s […]
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    GOP hopefuls jockey for North Dakota’s lone US House seat

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer’s shift to the North Dakota Senate race sets off a Republican scramble for the state’s lone congressional seat, including familiar names and a political newcomer. Cramer’s announcement was pushing state Sen. Tom Campbell, one potential GOP candidate, into the House race instead. But the wealthy potato farmer, […]
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    Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration “must do better” in how it handles security clearances. […]
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    Republican senator charged with video voyeurism, extortion

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state senator under investigation by state police since January was arrested Friday on charges of video voyeurism and extortion. Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle faces one count of video voyeurism brought by state police for sending pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s “private parts,” Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin said. He also […]
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    Trump signs bill providing more access to 911 calls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will provide more direct access to the 911 system for callers using a multi-line telephone in an emergency. The White House says the president signed the “Kari’s Law Act of 2017,” which ensures that anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency responders, […]
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    A look at Trump’s threat of a March 5 deadline for Dreamers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still trying to pressure Congress to pass immigration legislation by March 5. Thanks to the federal courts, the impact of his deadline is less threatening than it was originally, at least for now. The Senate on Thursday rejected competing bills protecting “Dreamers,” a sign of how difficult it […]
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    New maps could improve Democrats’ chances in Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats’ chances at picking up congressional seats in Pennsylvania likely would improve under new models of district boundaries drawn to replace the Republican-drawn boundaries thrown out in a high-stakes gerrymandering court case, independent analysts said Friday. Pennsylvania’s congressional district map was so tortured in a bid to favor Republicans that making […]
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    Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

    The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with […]
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    The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel’s Russia probe (all times local): 10 p.m. The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican […]
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