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Education Dept. Probes 8 Universities In Light Of College Bribery Scheme

Eight universities embroiled in a massive college admission cheating scheme are now being investigated by the U.S. Education Department. Letters sent to the schools Monday and obtained by The Associated Press say the department is conducting a “preliminary investigation” to determine if they violated federal laws or rules surrounding the management of federal student aid. A department spokeswoman said the agency does not confirm or comment on ongoing investigations. The inquiry stems from a sw...
Tags: News, AP story, Betsy DeVos, College Bribery Scandal, Education Department, Summer Concepcion


House Fails To Override Trump’s Veto Of His Border Wall Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, handing him a victory in his effort to spend billions more for constructing barriers along the Southwest border than Congress has approved. Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, mostly along party lines, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority. The outcome, not a surprise, enabled Trump to move forwar...
Tags: News, AP story, Border Wall Declaration, Summer Concepcion


OxyContin Maker Settles Opioid Crisis Lawsuit With Oklahoma For $270 Million

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed to pay $270 million in a deal announced Tuesday with the state of Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped set off the nation’s deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. It is the first settlement to come out of the recent coast-to-coast wave of lawsuits against Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma that threaten to push the company into bankruptcy and have stain...
Tags: News, AP story, Big Pharma, Oklahoma, Opioid Crisis, OxyContin, Summer Concepcion


Pompeo Expands Trump Admin’s Ban On Aid To Overseas Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t. Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of America States because at least two of its agencies are allegedly lobbying for abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere. Pompeo said the administration was committed to pr...
Tags: News, Abortion, AP story, Global Gag Rule, Mike Pompeo, Summer Concepcion


Charges Alleging Jussie Smollett Lied To Police Have Been Dropped

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped. Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.” Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men. Among the questions that weren’t immediately answered was whether prosecutors still believe Smo...
Tags: News, AP story, Chicago, Empire, Jussie Smollett, Summer Concepcion


Romanian Prime Minister Stayed At Trump’s D.C. Hotel Over The Weekend

The stay is the latest example of Trump’s company doing business with foreign officials. Two attorneys general have sued Trump over the issue, accusing him of violating the Constitution. The prime minister of Romania stayed at President Donald Trump’s hotel during her trip to Washington over the weekend. She is the first foreign government leader known to have booked a room at the property in more than a year. The stay at the Trump International Hotel by Viorica Dancila, who is attending the...
Tags: News, AP story, Romania, Trump International Hotel, Viorica Dancila, Summer Concepcion


Supreme Court Declines To Stop Trump Admin’s Bump Stock Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is so far declining to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The ban took effect Tuesday. The administration is in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights groups. Gun rights groups asked the court Monday to keep the government from beginning to enforce the ban for now. Chief Justice John Roberts declined a request for the court to get involved Tuesd...
Tags: News, AP story, Bump Stock Ban, Gun Control, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Summer Concepcion


Ethics Body Won’t Certify Final Pruitt Disclosure Report Over Condo Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released Tuesday that federal authorities never resolved whether Pruitt’s condo deal with the wife of a lobbyist was a proper business arrangement or an improper gift linked to a lobbyist who did busines...
Tags: News, AP story, EPA, Office of Government Ethics, OGE, Scott Pruitt, Trump swamp, Summer Concepcion


Defense Leaders To Appear Before Congress On Projects Targeted By Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense leaders are expected to get a barrage of questions when they face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. A number of Congress members have already expressed unhappiness with Pentagon plans that could divert funding from as many as 150 projects, totaling more than $4.3 billion, across the country and the...
Tags: News, AP story, Congress, Pentagon, Kate Riga


Pentagon Says Missile Defense Test Succeeds In Shootdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on Monday carried out a “salvo” intercept of an unarmed missile soaring over the Pacific, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in southern California. Both interceptors zeroed in on the target — a re-entry vehicle that had been launched 4,000 miles away atop an intercontintental-range missile, the Pentagon said. The first interceptor hit and destroyed the re-entry vehicle, which in an actual attack would c...
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Schiff Takes The Brunt Of GOP’s Fury After Mueller Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Damning evidence” of collusion with Russia. “More than circumstantial.” A scandal of a size “beyond Watergate.” For two years, Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, seemed to be on every talk and late-night show sounding ominous warnings about what special counsel Robert Mueller might find on President Donald Trump. The California Democrat got the president’s attention — a fact confirmed when Trump turned the congressman’s name into a foul schoolyard t...
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Nixon Foundation Hires Hugh Hewitt As Its Next Chief Executive

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Radio show host Hugh Hewitt has been tapped to head a foundation focused on preserving the legacy of former President Richard Nixon, officials said Monday. The Richard Nixon Foundation said the politically conservative author, commentator and law professor will become its next chief executive in July. Hewitt, who also served in the Reagan administration, helped start Nixon’s presidential library and museum in Yorba Linda, California, nearly three decades ago. “The wo...
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Kansas’ New Dem Governor Squashes Kobach-Touted Tax Relief Bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Top Republicans immediately condemned Gov. Laura Kelly’s action as allowing an unlegislated tax increase and hurting the state’s economy. The measure was aimed at preventing individuals and businesses from paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal...
Tags: Taxes, News, Senate, Gop, House, Kansas, Bill, Republican, Donald Trump, Medicaid, Kelly, Legislature, Wichita, Topeka, Sam Brownback, Susan Wagle


Trump’s Golan Heights Proclamation Reverses 52-Year-Old US Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move he announced in a tweet last week. The president said it was time for the U.S. to take the step after 52 years of Israeli control of the strategic highlands on the border with Syria. Netanyahu had pressed for su...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Iran, Syria, Ap, United States, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Hezbollah, Gaza Strip, Trump


Avenatti Charged With Extortion, Bank And Wire Fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. prosecutors on two coasts have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy says the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York and California. In the New York case, he was accused of threatening to use his abil...
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Note Referencing New Zealand Attack Found At California Mosque Fire Site

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday. Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters around 3:15 a.m., officials said. The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime, said police in the city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Di...
Tags: News, California, New Zealand, San Diego, Extremism, Southern California, Miller, Escondido, Islamic Center, Christchurch New Zealand, Escondido Calif, Council of American Islamic Relations, KNSD, Escondido Police Department, Summer Concepcion, Yusef Miller


Theresa May: Not Enough Support For New Vote On My Brexit Deal

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says she doesn’t have enough support to put her European Union divorce deal to a new vote in Parliament. May told Parliament Monday she regrets that Britain isn’t set to leave the EU on March 29 as originally planned. She says she is still trying to build support for her plan. Her withdrawal plan has already been defeated twice. The prime minister says she is skeptical that a series of “indicative votes” in Parliament will be able to set a clear pa...
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Netanyahu Cuts His DC Visit Short After Gaza Rocket Attack On Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’s cutting short his visit to Washington after a Gaza rocket attack on Israel. Netanyahu described Monday morning’s rocket launch that struck a home in central Israel as a “criminal attack” and vowed to strike back hard. He says he will return to Israel to handle the crisis shortly after meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday. An Israeli rescue service says the rocket from the Gaza Strip wounded seven people. Netanyahu a...
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How Trump Is Transforming The Mueller Report Into Re-Election Campaign Ammo

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, the fight over the “witch hunt” is only just beginning. Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Trump’s campaign is over, it’s being transformed into a rallying cry and a weapon for the president’s re-election campaign. The pall of the two-year probe lifted Sunday, when Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings that said the wide-ranging investigation found no evidence of collusion by Trump...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Ap, House, Fox News, Michigan, House Intelligence Committee, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Barr, Twitter Trump


First Black Woman To Lead Virginia City Police Dpt Says She Was Forced Out

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The first black woman to lead a city police department in Virginia says she was forced out, accusing a small group of officers of “bias and acts of systemic racism, discriminatory practices and abuse of authority.” Tonya Chapman released a four-page statement early Monday, a week after she abruptly resigned from the Portsmouth Police Department. She says her attempts to change the culture consistently met with resistance from some members of police, some of whom “quite ...
Tags: News, Police, Virginia, Ap, Portsmouth, Chapman, Portsmouth Va, Kate Riga, AP story, First Black Woman To Lead Virginia City Police Dpt, Tonya Chapman


Egg Boy Scrambles To Explain: ‘Not Right Thing To Do’ But Raised Money, Attention

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian teen known around the world as “Egg Boy” conceded on Monday that egging a far-right senator was not the right thing to do, but said the gesture united a world reeling from a white supremacist’s alleged massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand. Will Connolly, 17, gave his first television interview since becoming an online hero among many for cracking an egg on Sen. Fraser Anning’s head as the maverick legislator spoke at a news conference after a gunman k...
Tags: News, Wales, Australia, Ten Network, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Parliament, Canberra, Christchurch, Egg, Australia AP, Connolly, Anning, Kate Riga, Sen Fraser Anning


Trump Declares Victory Now But Other Legal Troubles Loom In New York

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be reveling in what he sees as “complete and total exoneration” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but his legal perils are far from over. Federal and state investigators in New York are deep into investigations of their own into Trump and those in his orbit, probes that some observers have long viewed as every bit as menacing as Mueller’s two-year look into possible collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. “T...
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Barr Won’t Give Congress Mueller Report Toplines Saturday, But May Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Attorney General William Barr will not be providing Congress with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on Saturday. That’s according to a senior Justice Department official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the review process. Mueller has concluded his investigation of Russian election interference and possible co...
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Barr Won’t Give Congress Mueller Report Toplines Saturday, But Could Come Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Attorney General William Barr will not be providing Congress with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on Saturday. That’s according to a senior Justice Department official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the review process. Mueller has concluded his investigation of Russian election interference and possible co...
Tags: News, AP story, Mueller report, Russia probe, William Barr, Caitlin MacNeal


Giuliani: Trump Lawyers Want To Look At Mueller’s Findings Before They’re Public

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers want an early look at special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings before they are made public. That’s according to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney. He says Trump’s legal team hasn’t received any assurances that they’ll get the early look they want, though. Mueller notified Attorney General William Barr on Friday that he had concluded his probe of Russian election interference and any possible coordination with Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, Barr ...
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CNN Gets Roasted For Featuring Conway In ‘Badass Women’ Series

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Dana Bash is learning the perils of doing personality profiles in a political city that’s always on a war footing. She’s received a social media roasting this week for featuring White House adviser Kellyanne Conway as part of her ongoing feature series, “Badass Women of Washington.” It was first distributed online late Wednesday, and it’s unclear how much of it has been shown on the television networks. Philippe Reines, a longtime communications adviser to Hillary Clinton...
Tags: News, AP story, CNN, Dana Bash, Kellyanne Conway, Trump swamp, Summer Concepcion


Treasury Officials Didn’t See Trump’s North Korea Sanctions Reversal Coming

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he has reversed his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, with his press secretary explaining that he “likes” leader Kim Jong Un and doesn’t think they’re necessary. It’s unclear, however, which sanctions the president was referencing in his tweet, which took Treasury officials by surprise. “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those alread...
Tags: News, AP story, North Korea, Sanctions, Treasury Department, Summer Concepcion


DHS IG: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data Of 2.3 Million Victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was working with a contractor that helps provide temporary housing to those affected by disasters. FEMA is one of H...
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Pompeo: Trump Is ‘Like Queen Esther,’ Who Saved Jews In The Old Testament

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it’s “possible” that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament. Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the Middle East. The interviewer asked if Trump is “like Queen Esther,” who interceded with her husband to save Jews in what was then Persia and is now Iran. Trump has backed new sanctions on Iran...
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WH: Islamic State Territory In Syria Has Been ‘100 Percent’ Eliminated

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been”100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts. The complete fall of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, would the end of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, which at its height stretched across large parts of Syria and Iraq. Controlling territory gave it room to launch ...
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