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Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding ...

Police: Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite video

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive ...

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more ...

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million ...

Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a series of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin over the past few weeks blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him. Authorities warned of concern that more explosives might still be out ...

Officer’s response praised as school shooting ends quickly

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — In the latest school shooting in America, the gunfire was over and done with in less than a minute. This time, the shooter, a 17-year-old student, was killed. Authorities said a 16-year-old girl who had some ...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides ...

Researcher captures striking Antarctic video of minke whale

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Marine mammal expert Dr. Regina Eisert thought minke whales were a little boring until she captured some striking footage of one swimming underwater near Antarctica. Now she thinks they're beautiful. Eisert said the whales look ...

Bridge collapse: Out on errands, killed in an instant

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, JENNIFER KAY and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — They had just finished up lunch, and set off to run a humdrum errand: a drive to the travel agency to pick up airline tickets for their annual visit to their beloved homeland, Cuba. Osvaldo Gonzalez and ...

Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law ...