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‘Sad day’ or ‘scam’? What to watch at impeachment hearing

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A "solemn day" or a "showtrial"? Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. With the bang of a gavel, House Intelligence Committee ...

Trump to face limits of his power in impeachment hearings

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — For three years, Donald Trump has unapologetically defied the conventions of the American presidency. On Wednesday, he comes face to face with the limits of his power, confronting an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution that ...

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of ...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

By STEVE LeBLANC undefined BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in U.S. District Court came in ...

Judge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trial

By ANITA SNOW and ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge banned an Arizona border activist charged with harboring immigrants from mentioning President Donald Trump during his retrial, which began Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins granted a motion by ...

Sessions, an Alabama icon, faces uncertain path to Senate

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to return to his old Senate seat from Alabama. But it's already clear he'll have a fight on his hands. Knowledgeable Republicans say Sessions will announce his candidacy for the ...

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report that he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats. Trump tweeted just ...

Pence aide appears for impeachment interview after subpoena

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Vice President Mike Pence was speaking to impeachment investigators Thursday as Democrats wrap up the closed-door phase of their inquiry. Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer detailed to Pence's office from ...

People of color make gains in mayoral race across the US

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during ...

Chicago’s top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that he's retiring after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid public outcry over the ...