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  • Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

    1 month, 12 days ago

    (AP) BRIDEGWATER, N.J. — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. It was a highly unusual ...

  • Top Democrat uses immigration hearing to seek Nielsen resignation

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A top Democrat called Tuesday for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that saw lawmakers of both parties criticize the Trump administration policy of separating migrant children from their detained parents ...

  • Jury selection underway in Manafort trial

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Jury selection got underway Tuesday in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. Manafort, who is already in custody and could spend the rest of his life ...

  • Judge blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) SEATTLE — A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online. The ...

  • After delays, former Iraqi translator is becoming US citizen

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) ORLANDO, Fla. — An Iraqi former translator for U.S. troops is finally becoming a U.S. citizen a year after officials abruptly removed him from a naturalization ceremony, prompting him to sue the government and charge it was targeting people from ...

  • Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel

    2 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) HELSINKI — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President ...

  • Trump interviews 4 for Supreme Court, 2-3 more to go

    2 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the fresh vacancy. Speaking to reporters at the White ...

  • Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

    2 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday, although U.S. intelligence reported signs that ...

  • Canada tariffs on US goods from ketchup to lawn mowers begin

    2 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25 ...

  • Restless Democratic newcomers bringing change to House

    2 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It's not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. ...

  • Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production

    2 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had received assurances from King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the kingdom will increase oil production, "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels" in response to turmoil in Iran and Venezuela. ...

  • Putin, Trump to have summit in Helsinki on July 16

    2 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a summit in Helsinki on July 16, a long-expected encounter that comes amid spiraling tensions between Moscow and Washington. A terse synchronized statement issued by the Kremlin ...

  • In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

    3 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, ...

  • Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing 'tremendous anger'

    4 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea. Trump says in a letter to Kim released ...

  • SKorea news agency: NKorea threatens to cancel US summit

    4 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea canceled a high-level meeting Wednesday with South Korea and threatened also to call off a historic summit planned later this month with the United States due to ongoing military exercises between the South and ...

  • Stars affected by violence join students' gun-reform rallies

    6 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Paul McCartney, Common, Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer and other stars played supporting roles at nationwide gun-reform rallies dominated by teenage survivors' emotional speeches. Still, the protests were deeply personal for some of the celebrities involved. Jennifer Hudson, ...

  • 2 GOP senators: Party should consider returning Wynn money

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Two Republican senators say their party should immediately consider returning contributions from casino mogul Steve Wynn in light of sexual harassment allegations against him. Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor. He led the Republican National Committee's fundraising ...

  • In State of Union, Trump to make case that America is back

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Seeking to move past the shadow of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is aiming to use his first State of the Union address to note the economic progress under his watch while pushing for bipartisanship with Democrats ...

  • Jeff Sessions weathers turbulent year as attorney general

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump. Trump had browbeaten his attorney general for months after Sessions' decision to step aside from the intensifying Russia ...

  • Justice Ginsburg, nearing 85, signals she won't retire soon

    7 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — In different circumstances, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be on a valedictory tour in her final months on the Supreme Court. But in the era of Donald Trump, the 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals ...

  • Is this man the new best friend of illegal pot sellers?

    8 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Tax Commission approves new marijuana regulations","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/jan/16/tax-commission-approves-new-marijuana-regulations/"},{"text":"Time for Heller to stand up to Sessions on marijuana","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/jan/13/time-for-heller-to-stand-up-to-sessions-on-marijua/"},{"text":" Las Vegas plan to develop, open marijuana lounges on hold after Sessions’ move","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/jan/09/las-vegas-plan-develop-open-marijuana-lounges-hold/"},{"text":"More marijuana coverage from the Sun","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/las-vegas-recreational-marijuana-laws/"}] Illegal pot producers and sellers have found ...

  • Why tax cuts are boosting stocks and who gains most

    8 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers late last year rushed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts into law — the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code since 1986. Republicans assert that the plan will deliver stronger economic growth ...

  • Trump says program to protect 'Dreamers' is 'probably dead'

    8 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is "probably dead," casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on ...

  • Bipartisan deal would create 12-year citizenship pathway

    8 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A bipartisan agreement among a handful of senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants includes a pathway to citizenship that would take up to 12 years. The Associated Press on Saturday obtained details of ...

  • Recent events suggest Trump's Russia woes aren't going away

    8 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Late last year, lawyers for President Donald Trump expressed optimism that special counsel Robert Mueller was nearing the end of his probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. But if there was hope in the White House ...

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