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Solemn service to mark 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacre
Solemn service to mark 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacre
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  • 2019-04-20 10:04:49Z

A week-long series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre culminates on Saturday with a remembrance ceremony celebrating the lives of the 13 victims slain in the rampage. Betty Shoels, the aunt of murdered student Isaiah Shoels, said her 18-year-old nephew was a fun-loving athlete who was always smiling, despite feeling out of place as one of the school's few African-American students. This year's remembrances were marred this week when a Florida teenager, who authorities said was "obsessed" with Columbine, traveled to Colorado where she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Florida man arrested for threatening members of U.S. Congress
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  • 2019-04-20 01:04:33Z

(Reuters) - U.S. officials arrested a South Florida man on Friday for leaving racist and obscenity-laden voicemails with three Democratic members of Congress that defended U.S. President Donald Trump and directed ire at U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar.

Admitted Russian agent Butina asks U.S. court to be lenient
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  • 2019-04-20 00:50:54Z

Maria Butina, who has admitted to working as a Russian agent to infiltrate an influential U.S. gun rights group and make inroads with conservative activists and Republicans, asked the court to sentence her to time served ahead of her April 26 sentencing, according to court documents. Butina, 30, a former graduate student at American University who publicly advocated for gun rights, pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia. "Although Maria has committed a serious offense, just punishment does not require additional incarceration," her attorneys argue in a sentencing memo filed on Friday.

Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in New York sex cult case
Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in New York sex cult case
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  • 2019-04-19 22:29:19Z

Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty on Friday to harboring an illegal immigrant and enabling credit card fraud as part of an alleged sex cult based in upstate New York.     Bronfman, 40, entered her plea to the two criminal counts before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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  • 2019-04-19 21:14:00Z

The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first national survey to measure the response from the American public after the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may have interfered with the investigation. In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish...

Top Democrats in Congress reject Barr's proposal to limit Mueller report access
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  • 2019-04-19 20:50:41Z

Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Friday rejected Attorney General William Barr's proposal to allow them access to a less-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report. In an April 19 letter to the attorney general, six Democratic lawmakers led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer instead reiterated their demand for Barr to release the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence to Congress.

Columbine principal, haunted by 20-year-old massacre, still recites victims' names
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  • 2019-04-19 17:31:47Z

Each morning for the last two decades, Frank DeAngelis has recited aloud the names of the 13 people killed at Columbine High School, where he served as principal during the 1999 massacre that marked a modern era of mass school shootings. On April 20, 1999, two heavily armed Columbine students stormed the school in suburban Denver, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Man who mailed white powder to Trump
Man who mailed white powder to Trump's sons gets probation
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  • 2019-04-19 16:44:05Z

A Massachusetts man was sentenced on Friday to five years of probation after admitting he mailed threatening letters filled with a suspicious white powder to several prominent people, including U.S. President Donald Trump's sons. Federal prosecutors in Boston had sought three years in prison for Daniel Frisiello, 25, of Beverly, Massachusetts, whose hoax letters included one in February 2018 addressed to Donald Trump Jr. Trump's then-wife, Vanessa, opened the letter and was taken to the hospital. Investigators later determined the powder sent to Trump's eldest son's home was harmless, as was the substance contained in an earlier letter Frisiello sent during the 2016 presidential...

Kremlin says Mueller report shows no evidence of Russian meddling
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  • 2019-04-19 11:21:57Z

The Kremlin said on Friday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller's report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question
Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question
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  • 2019-04-19 11:10:33Z

A sign on its front door in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood of the borough of Queens warns law enforcement officers not to enter without a warrant. Its colorful lobby is filled with butterfly-shaped placards made for protests against the hardline immigration policies of President Donald Trump, a fellow New Yorker. Its latest fight is to contest the Trump administration's contentious plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which the group has called a "racist attempt to intimidate, undercount immigrants." The plan's legality will be tested on Tuesday in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a 5-4 conservative majority.

California couple faces sentencing in severe child abuse case
California couple faces sentencing in severe child abuse case
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  • 2019-04-19 10:11:40Z

A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from grim, headline-making accusations they beat, starved and shackled their 13 children in the family's home were due to be sentenced on Friday to 25 years to life in prison. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Turpin, 50, agreed to the long prison terms as part of an agreement with Riverside County prosecutors that saw them plead guilty in February to torture, child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The sentencing marks the culmination of a criminal case that has convulsed the community of Perris, California, some 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, since an emaciated 17-year-old girl climbed out of a window...

Russia shrugs off Mueller report: agencies
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  • 2019-04-19 09:58:53Z

Russia's foreign ministry on Friday dismissed the findings of the long-awaited report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said it had failed to present any evidence of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Russian news agencies reported. Mueller's report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor. The report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia.

Pelosi declines to comment on possibility of Trump impeachment
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  • 2019-04-19 09:55:39Z

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday declined to comment on whether Congress might launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, saying it was not appropriate to criticize him while abroad. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election provided extensive details on Trump's efforts to thwart the probe, but Democratic party leaders have played down talk of impeachment just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election. "Whatever the issue and challenge that we face, the Congress of the United States will honor its oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, to...

Foxconn says it remains committed to Wisconsin investment project
Foxconn says it remains committed to Wisconsin investment project
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  • 2019-04-19 08:11:12Z

Taiwan's Foxconn said on Friday it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and tech research facilities in Wisconsin, days after the U.S. state's governor said he wanted to renegotiate the deal. Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who inherited a deal to give Foxconn $4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives when he took office in January, said on Wednesday he wanted renegotiation because the firm is not expected to reach its job creation goals for the state. Foxconn's proposed 20-million-square-foot Wisconsin campus, announced at a White House ceremony in 2017, marks the largest greenfield investment by a foreign-based company in U.S. history and was praised by...

Second wave of twisters in U.S. South turns deadly as storm pushes east
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  • 2019-04-19 07:54:41Z

One person was killed after a tree fell on his vehicle in Neshoba County, Mississippi, Thursday afternoon, the local paper, the Neshoba Democrat, reported. A second death was reported in St. Clair County, Mississippi, after a tree fell on a home, late Thursday, according to AccuWeather. A third death was reported late Thursday in the Wattsville community, north of Pell City, Alabama, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported, after a tree fell on a home.

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges
Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges
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  • 2019-04-19 05:28:23Z

Black, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge headed back into the United States from Canada, the New York State Police said in a release. Black's real name is Bill Kapri, and he is a resident of Miramar, Florida. Black was released on Thursday afternoon from the Niagara County Jail on $20,000 bail, multiple media accounts have reported, including CNN.

Mueller report gives Democrats political ammunition but they are split on how to use it
Mueller report gives Democrats political ammunition but they are split on how to use it
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  • 2019-04-19 05:07:26Z

Mueller's 448-page report, the product of a 22-month investigation, built a broad case that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, although it did not exonerate him. Mueller noted Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law, and Democrats quickly vowed to steam ahead with congressional investigations of the president. "Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment.

Judge upholds New York City
Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order
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  • 2019-04-19 02:48:41Z

A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City's recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting their arguments that the city's public health authority exceeded its authority. In a six-page decision rendered hours after a hearing on

Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
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  • 2019-04-19 02:11:45Z

A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the...

For Notre-Dame, lessons from a fire-damaged New York cathedral
For Notre-Dame, lessons from a fire-damaged New York cathedral
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  • 2019-04-19 00:00:07Z

Before the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris can begin, engineers may have to tap nearly every stone in the cathedral and listen for subtle sounds of damage, according to specialists who repaired one of the largest cathedrals in the world in New York after a devastating 2001 fire. French President Emmanuel Macron's vow to restore the Paris landmark within five years after a fire consumed Notre-Dame's roof and toppled its spire on Monday may prove unrealistic, they said. "Everything is done in 'cathedral time,'" said James Patterson, director of facilities and capital projects at St. John's on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Columbia University.

Explainer: Five ways Trump
Explainer: Five ways Trump's moves to stem border surge have hit hurdles
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  • 2019-04-18 22:21:27Z

On Wednesday, the acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan visited the Texas border to underscore the administration's concerns about a growing crisis. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Thursday that the agency would set up two temporary tent facilities in Texas to process migrants, each with a capacity to hold up to 500 people. Such camps have been criticized by Congress members for holding migrants too long and not providing adequate places to sleep or shower.

U.S. court upholds most of California
U.S. court upholds most of California's 'sanctuary' migrant laws
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  • 2019-04-18 22:14:29Z

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, "We continue to prove in California that the rule of law not only stands for something but that people cannot act outside of it." Scores of Democrat-controlled cities and counties have adopted policies to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, making them a target for President Donald Trump.

Judge rejects challenge of New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order
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  • 2019-04-18 22:03:28Z

A Brooklyn judge on Thursday denied a petition seeking to lift New York City's recently-imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, dismissing a court challenge brought by an anonymous group of parents who argued the order was unconstitutional. The judge sided with municipal health authorities who issued the order last week, calling it a rare but necessary step to contain the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991.

Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
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  • 2019-04-18 20:43:55Z

A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the...

U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths
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  • 2019-04-18 20:39:50Z

The National Institutes of Health will award grants to research sites in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said at a news conference to unveil the plan. Prescription opioid pain treatments and drugs like heroin and the more potent fentanyl were responsible for 47,600 U.S. deaths in 2017, according to government figures, with only a small decline last year, according to provisional data.

Factbox: New revelations from the Mueller report
Factbox: New revelations from the Mueller report
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  • 2019-04-18 20:28:20Z

U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over an active federal investigation would spell the end of his presidency, according to Mueller's report. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump of Mueller's appointment on May 17, 2017, the report said, Trump slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God. Trump asked Sessions, whom he had berated for months for recusing himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the election: "How could you let this happen, Jeff?" and told Sessions he had let him down.

Japan extradites father, son charged by U.S. in $1.5 billion Ponzi scheme
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  • 2019-04-18 19:47:05Z

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the extradition of Junzo Suzuki and Paul Suzuki five months after the conviction of Edwin Fujinaga, the former chief executive of MRI International Inc and accused ringleader of the scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and Paul Suzuki, 40, were each charged in July 2015 with 17 mail and wire fraud counts related to MRI, where they worked as Asia-Pacific executive vice president and general manager for Japan operations, respectively.

Trump curses Mueller appointment: 'This is the end of my presidency'
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  • 2019-04-18 17:50:17Z

(Advisory: Story includes language that might offend some readers.) By Ginger Gibson and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over the federal probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election would spell the end of his presidency, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed Trump of Mueller's appointment in May 2017, the report said, Trump slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God.

Top Democrats say Mueller report undercuts Barr claims on Trump obstruction
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  • 2019-04-18 17:49:31Z

The two top Democrats in Congress said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report undercuts claims by Attorney General William Barr that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the federal Russia probe. "The differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller said on obstruction," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Senate leader calls for raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21
Senate leader calls for raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21
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  • 2019-04-18 16:44:10Z

McConnell said https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=C7912202-0742-4404-8775-8836F261DDEF the bill would be introduced in May. Shares of Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc, which owns a 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul, fell 3 percent on the news. Philip Morris International and U.S-listed shares of British American Tobacco were also trading lower.

Factbox: Key quotes from Special Counsel Mueller's report
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  • 2019-04-18 16:25:22Z

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct probes. "When (former Attorney General Jeff) Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God.

Instant View: Reaction to Mueller's report on Russia's role in 2016 U.S. election
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  • 2019-04-18 16:11:28Z

Key reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, released on Thursday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S LEGAL TEAM: "The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President. After a 17-month investigation, testimony from some 500 witnesses, the issuance of 2,800 subpoenas, the execution of nearly 500 search warrants, early morning raids, the examination of more than 1.4 million pages of documents, and the unprecedented cooperation of the President, it is clear there was no criminal wrongdoing.

Report says Trump foresaw end of presidency when told of special counsel investigation: report
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  • 2019-04-18 15:51:58Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions "this is the end of my presidency" when Sessions told him a special counsel was being appointed to investigation links between his campaign and Russia, the special counsel's report said.

New York City defends measles vaccination order in court
New York City defends measles vaccination order in court
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  • 2019-04-18 15:47:37Z

New York City's Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents sued, arguing that the order was unconstitutional. The outbreak has infected 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The order, which was extended this week, requires unvaccinated people living in certain affected Brooklyn neighborhoods to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine if they cannot otherwise demonstrate immunity to measles, or face a $1,000 fine.

Trump says Muller report found 'no collusion, no obstruction'
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  • 2019-04-18 15:32:37Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was a "having a good day" following the release of the Mueller report, adding, "It's called no collusion, no obstruction."

Mueller report says Trump asked White House counsel to intervene with Justice Dept
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  • 2019-04-18 15:32:31Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump repeatedly asked White House counsel Don McGahn to intervene with the U.S. Justice Department after former FBI Director James Comey disclosed the investigation of the Trump campaign to Congress, according the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller report says 'substantial evidence' Trump's firing of FBI head linked to investigation
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  • 2019-04-18 15:30:07Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller said there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey due to his "unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation."

Factbox: Five things Attorney General Barr revealed about the Mueller report
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  • 2019-04-18 15:19:20Z

Barr repeated his finding that President Donald Trump's election campaign did not collude with Russia. Here are five new things we learned: TRUMP ANGER In determining whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr said the president's anger at the time he took office was a factor. "There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks," Barr said.

Barr says Mueller probe did not establish Trump coordination with Russia
Barr says Mueller probe did not establish Trump coordination with Russia
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  • 2019-04-18 13:54:28Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign worked with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. The "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," Barr told a news conference. (Reporting By Amanda Becker, Ginger Gibson and Karen Freifeld)

Barr says Mueller did not uncover evidence Trump obstructed Russia probe
Barr says Mueller did not uncover evidence Trump obstructed Russia probe
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  • 2019-04-18 13:54:28Z

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not uncover evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed the probe of whether he or members of his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. "The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense," Barr said during a media conference.

Barr to discuss executive privilege in Russia report: spokeswoman
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  • 2019-04-18 12:29:19Z

U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to address whether executive privilege was invoked by the White House in the Russia report to be released on Thursday and also elaborate on Justice Department communications with the White House over the past several weeks, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "He'll address whether that was invoked and what that looked like," spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, have planned a news conference on Thursday morning before the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Top Congressional Democrats call for Mueller to testify publicly
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  • 2019-04-18 12:10:01Z

The top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized Attorney General William Barr for writing what they called a "slanted" summary letter and for planning a press conference to immediately follow the expected release of the report detailing the probe's findings on Thursday.

Top Congressional Democrats call for Mueller to testify publicly
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  • 2019-04-18 10:50:34Z

The top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized Attorney General William Barr for writing what they called a "slanted" summary letter and for planning a press conference to immediately follow the expected release of the report detailing the probe's findings on Thursday.

Ban the bunny: California aims to end post-Easter parade of unwanted rabbits
Ban the bunny: California aims to end post-Easter parade of unwanted rabbits
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  • 2019-04-18 10:11:58Z

Californians can eat chocolate bunnies and snuggle plush Peter Cottontail dolls to their heart's content this Easter. The legislation, which took effect in January, prohibits retail shops from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. Legislatures in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are considering similar bills.

In campaign against gun violence, Columbine students aim to shock with final photos
In campaign against gun violence, Columbine students aim to shock with final photos
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  • 2019-04-18 10:07:51Z

"In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death," the pledge reads. The group's website, http://www.mylastshot.org, says the public should not be shielded from the gruesome scenes of mass shootings. A Florida teenager who authorities said was armed, dangerous and "infatuated" with the Columbine massacre became the latest victim of the Columbine tragedy on Wednesday.

Trump adviser visits Moscow for Kremlin talks
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  • 2019-04-18 09:16:34Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fiona Hill, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, visited Moscow this week and discussed bilateral relations with Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia
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  • 2019-04-18 06:12:58Z

The special counsel and U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia used a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump's candidacy. Russia has denied election interference. Barr said on March 24 Mueller did not establish that Trump's 2016 campaign team engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe
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  • 2019-04-18 06:12:58Z

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election has ensnared dozens of people, including several advisers to President Donald Trump and a series of Russian nationals and companies. Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official, in May 2017 appointed Mueller to look into Russian interference, whether members of Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow officials and whether the Republican president had unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller has charged 34 people and three companies.

Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election
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  • 2019-04-18 06:12:58Z

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to look into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and people associated with Republican Trump's campaign. The appointment follows Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9.

Factbox: Five things to look for in Mueller's Trump-Russia report
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  • 2019-04-18 06:02:21Z

Barr on March 24 sent a four-page letter to lawmakers detailing Mueller's "principal conclusions" including that the 22-month probe did not establish that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team conspired with Russia. Barr said he found insufficient evidence in Mueller's report to conclude that Trump committed obstruction of justice, though the special counsel did not make a formal finding one way or the other on that. Perhaps the biggest political risk for Trump is the special counsel's supporting evidence behind Mueller's assertion that while the report does not conclude the Republican president committed the crime of obstruction of justice it "also does not exonerate him" on that...

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