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Inside Obama's struggle to punish Russia for their election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence ...

North Korea denies torturing U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier, says it is 'biggest victim'

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and...

Spokesman: Bill Cosby plans series of town halls to educate youth on misbehavior

Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create and other issues, a spokesman for Cosby said. Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault case, spokesman Andrew...

Qatar gets list of demands to end Gulf crisis: Close Al-Jazeera, cut ties to Iran

Kuwait has given Qatar a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that includes shutting down Al-Jazeera and cutting diplomatic ties to Iran. That's according to a list obtained by The Associated Press from one of the countries involved in the dispute. The document says Qatar has...

'Meanness at the core': Obama jumps back into fray to slam Trump, GOP on health care

The text of the Senate's 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours Thursday when the nation's most influential private citizen weighed in - Barack Obama. The plan is "not a health care bill," Obama declared in a 939-word message to his nearly 53 million followers on ...

Teen killed by deflected bullet fired by California cops at charging pit bull

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accidentally shot and killed a teenager in Palmdale early Thursday when their bullets bounced off the ground as they opened fire on an aggressive dog, sheriff’s officials said. The 17-year-old was struck in the chest by at least one “skip” ...

Detroit judge temporarily halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in a written order that deportation is halted for 14 days while he decides if his...

Senate GOP unveils health care overhaul, but 4 Republicans already voice opposition

Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance ...

Trump says he didn't tape his conversations with Comey

President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy. "With...

Cindy weakens but still stirs harsh weather over wide swath

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide — two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather ...

'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced and Dassey should be freed, court affirms

A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was coerced into confessing and should be released from prison. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death two years ...

Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel's bid for freedom denied, despite claims he abused her

Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel claims cult leader abused her. Will that help her finally win parole?

'Pizzagate' gunman in D.C. sentenced to 4 years in prison

An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant. Edgar Maddison ...

Flint airport stabbing suspect was caretaker, studied insurance sales

The man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, people who knew him said Thursday. Amor Ftouhi kept the building stairwells clean...

Trevor Noah's devastated monologue about Philando Castile dash-cam footage: 'It broke me'

On Wednesday night's episode of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah devoted the second half of his monologue to his devastation after seeing the just-released dash-cam video footage of the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year. Last...

Cosby juror: Politics of case questioned; spokesman says comedian plans youth town halls

A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said Thursday that some jurors were concerned that prosecutors waited 10 years to charge him, expressing suspicion that politics had played a role in the case. The juror told The Associated Press that the panel was almost evenly split in its ...

Senate Republicans unveil secretive health care bill to dismantle Obamacare, but not all GOP on board

Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. The measure encountered immediate trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed...

Trump says he didn't tape his conversations with Comey

President Donald Trump said Thursday he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, speaking up on Twitter after a month-long guessing game that began with him delivering an ominous warning and ended with his administration ...

'Pizzagate' gunman in D.C. sentenced to 4 years in prison

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia restaurant during his investigation of a conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. U.S. District Judge Kentanji B. Jackson said that while no one was injured when Edgar ...

Senate Republicans' claim of saving individual health insurance markets could prove hollow

In celebrating the release of his chamber's Republican health-care plan, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., said Thursday it promises to "bring financial certainty to insurance markets." But the bill's details suggest that it helps insurers and many consumers primarily in the near term...

In Yemen's secret prisons, United Arab Emirates tortures and U.S. interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated ...

'Let's bring it in': Otto Warmbier's family and friends celebrate his life at memorial

Families wearing blue and white Wyoming Cowboys T-shirts, holding homemade cardboard signs and dogs on leashes and American flags, waited by the edge of the main street for Otto Warmbier's funeral procession to drive by. As the memorial at the town's high school, attended by thousands, ended, ...

Yellowstone grizzly bears to be removed from endangered species list

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have ...

Supreme Court ruling could make it harder to file class-action lawsuits against companies

The courtrooms of Madison County — and Cook County, for that matter — may lose their allure as "litigation tourism" destinations after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will make it harder to bring out-of-state mass actions to Illinois and other favorable jurisdictions. The 8-1 ...

Trump publicly doubts that Russia meddled in election

President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it. "By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place ...

A Ground Zero 'recovery hero' helped clear 9/11 wreckage. Now he's facing deportation.

Queens has been Carlos Humberto Cardona's home since he escaped violence in Colombia in 1986. When he saw the destruction of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he thought his country needed his help. He spent nearly four months inhaling poisonous fumes as he removed hazardous material from the...

Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse

The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims of ex-bishop Peter Ball as his church published a damning report ...

Approximately 600 buildings in England could have 'combustible' panels

Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London apartment building, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said. Government facilities testing ...

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to be king

Britain's Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, Harry said the House of Windsor is "not doing ...

Canadian man charged in stabbing of airport officer in Flint; terror motive suspected

A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was...

Juror says 2 holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial

After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News. The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the first and third felony counts....

Investors oppose ending jail time for ex-treasure hunter who found sunken gold, won't share location

Investors in a deep sea treasure hunt are opposing a request by the man who led the expedition to be freed from jail on contempt-of-court charges. Judge Algenon Marbley has held defendant Tommy Thompson in contempt of court since December 2015 for violating terms of a plea deal by refusing to ...

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet. Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same...

Wisconsin Assembly passes college free speech bill that would punish hecklers

University of Wisconsin students who repeatedly disrupt campus speakers or presentations could be suspended or expelled under a Republican-backed bill the state Assembly passed Wednesday. The measure, approved on a 61-36 vote Wednesday night with no Democrats in support, is the latest salvo in...

Senate Republicans set to release health care bill, but divisions remain

Senate Republicans on Thursday plan to release a health care bill that would curtail federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood as part of an effort to fulfill a years-long promise to undo Barack Obama's signature health care law. The bill...

As Iraqi forces storm Mosul's Old City quarter, a desperate Islamic State strikes back

During the last eight months, Iraqi forces have fought to corner Islamic State militants into an ever-dwindling area of the city of Mosul. Troops this week began the long-anticipated assault on the Old City quarter, the last district still in the extremist group's hands. And Wednesday, officials...

House Democrats pressure White House on Kushner, Flynn security clearances

Democrats on a House committee are pressuring the White House to release a wide array of documents about the security clearances granted to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide. In a letter Wednesday, 18 members of ...

Juror says 2 holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial

Juror: 2 holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby trial  Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a hung jury on Saturday because two holdouts refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian after 52 hours of tense deliberations, a juror told ABC News on Wednesday. The juror, who spoke on ...

Back in campaign mode in Iowa, Trump hits on immigration and a border wall

Surrounded by thousands of supporters at a raucous rally, President Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged to crack down on immigration and to use solar panels to help pay for a promised wall on the Mexican border. "It's always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp and to spend time with...

Trump to hold first re-election fundraiser at his D.C. hotel, raising ethical questions

President. Candidate. Businessman. Three of President Donald Trump's roles converge next week as he holds his first re-election fundraiser at his hotel in Washington. Trump can see the Trump International Hotel from the White House lawn, making it a premier and convenient ...

Russians tried to hack election systems in 21 states, U.S. officials say

U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season. Officials also revealed ...

Canadian man charged in stabbing of airport officer in Flint; terror motive suspected

A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of ...

ISIS blows up 800-year-old mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says

For more than 800 years, the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri has punctuated the skyline of Mosul, calling worshipers to prayer. Its notable lean earned it the nickname al-Hadba, or "the hunchback," and a special place in the hearts of residents. But the Mosul icon was reduced to rubble ...

Senate GOP health care bill would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes: sources

Senate Republicans on Thursday plan to release a health-care bill that would curtail federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood as part of an effort to fulfill a years-long promise to undo Barack Obama's signature health-care law. The bill...

As Iraqi forces storm Mosul's Old City quarter, a desperate Islamic State strikes back

As Iraqi forces storm Mosul's Old City quarter, Islamic State's tactics become more desperate

Valedictorian kicked off stage for unapproved speech got to finish it on Jimmy Kimmel

A Pennsylvania high school principal's decision to switch the mic off on a valedictorian's unapproved speech has, surely, by now, earned a place in the annals of disciplinary decisions that backfired terribly. Peter Butera's classmates at Wyoming Area Secondary Center began cheering Friday's ...

Navy sailors made tough call to seal flooding ship compartments, unclear if survivors were inside

With water rushing around them, sailors aboard the beleaguered USS Fitzgerald faced an agonizing decision. They had made several rescue attempts into the flooded portions of the 505-foot destroyer, which had collided off the coast of Japan with a much heavier container ship early morning ...

Canadian man charged in stabbing of airport officer in Flint; terror motive suspected

A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at the Flint airport on Wednesday, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, was immediately...

Republican convicted of attacking reporter joins House amid boos from colleagues

The newest member of Congress drew boos from some in his own Republican caucus on Wednesday as he called for withholding lawmakers' pay unless they approve a balanced budget. Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sworn in Wednesday, immediately made waves as he pledged to "drain the swamp" in...

Chief: Police testing for sex assault of slain Muslim teen in Virginia

About 5,000 mourners attended Wednesday's funeral of a Muslim girl whose beating death, blamed by police on a motorist's road rage, has some people in her community fearing for their safety. Some wearing Islamic robes, others in street clothes, they left their cars as traffic overflowed and ...