Government and politics

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers speaks to reporters at UN headquarters in New York. Longest-serving Dutch premier, Lubbers who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity, and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, has died at age 78, the Dutch government announced Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Karp, FILE)
February 14, 2018 - 1:21 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ruud Lubbers, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday at 78. The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in Rotterdam...
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February 14, 2018 - 12:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he is continuing to negotiate with the FBI over the release of a memo packed with classified information about secret surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, but remains unsure if the White House would...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Steve Dreiseszun, a resident of the F.Q. Story historic district in Phoenix, holds a graphic of the increased noise brought on by airplanes flying along new flight paths out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. More than three years after waking up to find window-rattling flights rerouted over their homes in an airborne highway, residents of Phoenix’s historic downtown districts said they finally felt the FAA was listening to them. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 14, 2018 - 12:57 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly 100 people strolled through the high school cafeteria throughout the evening, studying colored graphs of flight takeoffs and jotting down comments for officials. More than three years after they awoke to find window-rattling flights rerouted in an airborne highway above their...
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February 14, 2018 - 12:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian government, the senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific told lawmakers Wednesday. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. said during testimony before...
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February 14, 2018 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers lashed out Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for quoting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post. Sen. Marco Rubio complained that many major companies "are increasingly prepared to toe Beijing's line." Rep. Chris...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. Wray said the agency provided the White House with information twice last year about Rob Porter, the top Trump aide who resigned as staff secretary last week after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public. Wray said the bureau closed its background investigation on Porter in January, weeks before the allegations were published. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2018 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the National African American History Month reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 14, 2018 - 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent a message Wednesday to the Senate on immigration: Pass a bill based on his priorities. The president thanked GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa for introducing legislation similar to the immigration framework pushed by the White House. The measure would...
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February 14, 2018 - 12:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director says a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told...
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DUP's Arlene Foster speaks to the media at Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday Feb. 12, 2018, as Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar are holding crunch talks at Stormont House. Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government has been suspended since January 2017, but with renewed high lefel talks both sides said Monday that progress has been made.(Niall Carson/PA via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 11:37 am
LONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland's biggest political party says talks to restore the collapsed Belfast government have failed. Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster says negotiations with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein to restore the power-sharing government "have been...
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February 14, 2018 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge overseeing the criminal case against two of the men charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has chided lawyers for the number of sealed filings. Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, and his business associate Rick...
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