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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, then - National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn is relaxed and hopeful even as the possibility of prison looms when he's sentenced in the Russia probe Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The retired three-star general pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. during President Donald Trump's White House transition. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 14, 2018 - 9:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he "chose to make false statements" and did not need a warning that it was against the law to do so. The filing...
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December 14, 2018 - 7:48 pm
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies. O'Connor, 53, is a former state and federal prosecutor who was nominated to the federal bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, defendant Denise Williams listens during her trial for the murder of her husband Mike Williams, in Tallahassee, Fla. After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity, a multimillion dollar insurance payout and family dysfunction, a jury on Friday, Dec. 14, convicted Williams of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. The 48-year-old Williams was found guilty after testimony by a key witness in the case, the man who shot her husband Mike Williams on a cold December morning on a large lake west of Tallahassee. (Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP, Pool, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. Jurors found Denise Williams guilty of three...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, speaks at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun’s refuted claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after receiving word of Nassar’s potential crimes from the USA Gymnastics president at the time, Steve Penny. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:01 pm
Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun's debunked claim that he discussed the case with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2009, file photo, ice fog envelops downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Three Alaska groups on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, sued the Environmental Protection Agency for a fourth time, claiming the agency has not enforced federal clean air law around Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP, File)
December 14, 2018 - 3:45 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city. The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of...
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Gov. Scott Walker signs three pieces of legislation during a news conference Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of voters. (Haley BeMiller/The Post-Crescent via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 12:44 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of...
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December 14, 2018 - 9:43 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Friday upheld a prison sentence of nearly 11 years for a man convicted of cyberbullying dozens of young women and gay men around the world. Amsterdam Appeals Court confirmed the maximum 10 years and eight months sentence imposed in March last...
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In this image made from video taken on March 2, 2017, Michael Spavor, director of Paektu Cultural Exchange, talks during a Skype interview in Yangi, China. A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations. Canada's Global Affairs department on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, said Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only Westerners to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had gone missing in China. Spavor's disappearance follows China's detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing earlier this week. (AP Photo)
December 14, 2018 - 9:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local): 11:47 a.m. Canada's ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China. Canada's Global Affairs Department says Ambassador John McCallum...
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December 13, 2018 - 9:05 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part,...
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This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Jose Antonio Jimenez. Jimenez is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, for beating and stabbing to death an elderly woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP)
December 13, 2018 - 8:40 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of the fatal stabbing and beating death of a woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago was executed Thursday night in Florida. Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was...
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