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FBI may have disrupted major cyberattack on Ukraine

LONDON (AP) — The FBI has put a spoke in the wheel of a major Russian hacking operation potentially aimed at causing havoc in Ukraine, evidence pieced together from researchers, Ukrainian officials and U.S. court documents indicates. On Wednesday, network technology company Cisco Systems and...


Business

Critics see no end to foreign favors to Trump businesses

Trump Businesses Foreign Favors

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese...


Government

Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start....


Police & Fire

Police: Man used stun gun at senior center due to dispute with ex-bandmates

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A 61-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted three people during lunch at a local senior center the day prior. 


Government

The Latest: WH planning bipartisan briefing before holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The White House now says it is working to facilitate a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to review classified documents on the Russia investigation this week, instead of after...


Government

AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad international portfolio can have access to some of the country’s most closely held secrets....


Government

Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he’s “very hopeful” that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won’t be reassured by U.S. demands for “rapid denuclearization.” The decision about...


Lifestyle

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

Hawaii Volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood...


Business

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

Amazon Seattle Tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle’s newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. Just days after the Seattle City Council approved the levy, the No Tax On Jobs campaign,...


Government

In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them...


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