Government and politics

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a meeting with state and local officials in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Pruitt and his staffers took nearly $150,000 in commercial and charter flights over seven-months last year, including repeated trips to Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 16, 2018 - 5:30 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, including 10 visits to Pruitt's former home city of Tulsa, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization...
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February 16, 2018 - 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency's chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation found 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...
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A Facebook posting, released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called "Being Patriotic" is photographed in Washington, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. A federal grand jury indictment on Feb. 16, charging 13 Russians and three Russian entities with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, noted that beginning in June 2016, defendants and and their co-conspirators organized and coordinated political rallies in the U.S. The "Being Patriotic" promoted and organized two political rallies in New York according to the indictment. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
February 16, 2018 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Facebook says it is doubling its security staff to 20,000 and actively working with the FBI to stop election interference by Russians and others. The company's statement is in response...
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February 16, 2018 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan is scrambling to steer clear of a global watch list for terrorism financing, the latest U.S. pressure tactic to get its difficult ally to crack down on militants crossing the border to fight in Afghanistan. The Trump administration has already suspended security...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, Thirty Meter Telescope protesters walk on a road during a blockade that prevented TMT construction vehicles from driving up to the summit of Mauna Kea near Hilo on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii. In a similar vein, Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai's last king, are occupying the closed Coco Palms Hotel on the island of Kauai, saying they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the hotel, where Elvis Presley's character got married in the film "Blue Hawaii." It has been closed since a hurricane tore through it in 1992. (Holly Johnson/Hawaii Tribune-Herald via AP, File)
February 16, 2018 - 2:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms' rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai. The men set...
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In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump speaks about domestic violence during a working session regarding the opportunity zones provided by tax reform in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The New Yorker has obtained an eight-page, hand-written account written by a former Playboy Playmate who said she had a nine-month extramarital affair with Donald Trump beginning in 2006. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 16, 2018 - 1:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife's bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman's eight-page,...
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President Donald Trump walks from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb 15, 2018, after speaking about the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 16, 2018 - 1:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he's traveling to Florida "to meet with some of the bravest people on earth." He's expected to thank first responders to the horrific high school shooting and also come face-to-face with parents, survivors and others, some of whom have angrily...
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In this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, exiled former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky poses for a portrait for the Associated Press during an interview in London. Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he’s not interested in replacing Vladimir Putin as president. Khodorkovsky told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he might line up behind TV star Ksenia Sobchak in next month’s presidential election _ or he might just cast a spoiled ballot.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
February 16, 2018 - 1:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy. Khodorkovsky is playing a long game, looking well past the Russian presidential election on March 18 that is guaranteed...
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February 16, 2018 - 1:13 pm
PARIS (AP) — French investigators have dropped an investigation into rape accusations against President Emmanuel Macron's budget minister, citing a lack of evidence. The Paris prosecutor's office said Friday the investigation was unable to prove a lack of consent, and did not find signs of "...
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February 16, 2018 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department is saying that imported aluminum and steel threaten U.S. national security and is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas to boost American production. The recommendations unveiled by Secretary Wilbur Ross are likely to escalate tensions...
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