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  • FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party.

    He has acknowledged that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials.

    Manafort, who registered Tuesday, says in a Justice Department filing that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17 million from the Party of Regions, the former pro-Russian ruling party in Ukraine, for consulting work from 2012 through 2014.

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  • FILE- In this April 22, 2015, file photo, Abbe Lowell, left, attorney for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, walks out of Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Court with Menendez' press secretary Steve Sandberg following a pretrial hearing for the senator in Newark, N.J. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, has picked Lowell to represent him in Russia-related investigations before Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Kushner has not been accused of wrongdoing, and there's no indication he's at risk of being charged. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating Washington scandals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abbe Lowell’s clients have included some of the country’s most prominent politicians, companies and celebrities.

    The latest addition to the lawyer’s list: Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump.

    In selecting Lowell to represent him in Russia-related investigations before Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, Kushner has turned to one of the best-known trial lawyers in the nation’s capital and perhaps the country. Kushner has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and there’s no indication he’s at risk of being charged. But his pick of Lowell suggests he’s bracing for lengthy government probes and wants in his corner someone with decades worth of experience confronting thorny and contentious congressional and Justice Department investigations.

    It also gives him a lawyer more seasoned in navigating Washington scandals than the members of Trump’s own legal team. “I’d say a fire in the gut,” said Stan Brand, his friend and former law partner, when asked what separates Lowell from other successful lawyers. Lowell is someone, he added, who the government knows is […]
  • President Donald Trump, center, speaks as he meets with Republican senators on health care in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    GOP ‘Obamacare’ repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party’s long-promised repeal of “Obamacare” stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise.

    The surprise development leaves the legislation’s fate uncertain while raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump will ever make good on his many promises to erase his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement.

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay Tuesday after it became clear the votes weren’t there to advance the legislation past key procedural hurdles. Trump immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House, but the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful. “This will […]
  • FILE - The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is seen Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 in Washington.   President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election.  On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, at his Washington hotel. He's already spent five evenings at political rallies, always in front of an audience of thousands of fans who are selected by his campaign aides.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Campaigner-in-chief: Trump’s politicking raises ethics flags

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election.

    On Wednesday night, he’ll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party’s top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street from the White House. He’s already spent five evenings on the road at political rallies, always in states that supported him in November and always in front of an audience of thousands of fans who are screened and selected by his campaign aides.

    The historically early campaigning comes with clear fundraising benefits, but it has raised red flags. Among them: Government employees have inappropriately crossed over into campaign activities, tax dollars may be subsidizing some aspects of campaign events, and as a constant candidate, the president risks alienating Americans who did not vote for him. Larry Noble, former […]
  • President Donald Trump, center, speaks as he meets with Republican senators on health care in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Seated with him, from left, are Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Trump group’s Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some on the Hill blamed the unexpected delay on aggressive tactics by America First Policies, a politically active nonprofit run by a former White House aide and Trump campaign veterans.

    The group spent four days on a pull-no-punches campaign against Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, beginning shortly after he surprised members of his own party with a Friday afternoon news conference denouncing the Senate plan as written. Heller expressed concern about Medicaid cuts in the GOP bill. In a social media push, the group […]
  • Madison County Sheriff's Deputies and Huntsville Police officers block Martin Road leading to Redstone Arsenal Gate 1, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Huntsville, Ala. Authorities locked down the Alabama military post on Tuesday amid reports of possible active shooter, and workers were advised to "run hide fight." Redstone Arsenal spokesman Christopher Colster told WAFF-TV that the base near Huntsville received reports of a person possibly armed with a weapon at a building. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

    No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at military post

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama.

    The emergency calls Tuesday came from within the Redstone Arsenal base near Huntsville and led the installation to tweet a warning to its 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors: “run hide fight.”

    Police cars with flashing lights rushed to the scene and blocked entrances to the post, home to Army missile defense programs, NASA’s rocket propulsion operations and federal law enforcement agencies. Even before any gunfire was confirmed, the governor offered her prayers and social media lit up with worried friends and families talking about the lockdown.

    At one point, Redstone spokesman Christopher Colster acknowledged he didn’t know whether the lockdown was part of a drill or an actual threat. In the end, an investigation found there was no active shooter and no shots were fired, garrison commander Col. Tom Holliday said. He said authorities would continue to investigate what happened, including […]
  • People visit the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017, as justices issued their final rulings for the term, in Washington.  The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.  Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.

    Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week.

    The court’s final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there had been any doubt, that this is once again a conservative-leaning court that may only move more to the right in the years to come.

    The justices gave President Donald Trump the go-ahead to start enforcing at least part of his travel ban, showed that the wall between church and state is perhaps not as high as it once was and invigorated a baker’s religion-based refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. “Liberals were certainly looking forward […]
  • Guilty plea expected for Iraq refugee with ties to kidnapper

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman living in the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee for the last decade is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges after being charged with hiding her ties to the kidnapper of a U.S. contractor.

    Enas (eh-NAHS’) Ibrahim of Vienna was charged in March on allegations of visa fraud.

    Prosecutors say Ibrahim, her husband and her husband’s brother all came to the U.S. and settled in the suburbs of the nation’s capital after receiving refugee status.

    But prosecutors say the two men are brothers of Majid Al Mashhandani, who admitted participating in the 2004 kidnapping of U.S. contractor Roy Hallums. Hallums spent nearly a year in captivity. The two brothers have already entered guilty pleas admitting they failed to disclose their relationship to the kidnapper. Copyright © The Associated Press. All […]
  • Fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Panguitch, Utah. Utah state Rep. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Brian Head and a popular fishing lake to highlight the imbalance of power afforded environmental groups under previous presidents and to ease bureaucratic and legal blockades for logging companies. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

    Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.

    Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.

    The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers). The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • Iran says US travel ban is ‘racist’ and ‘unfair’

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the U.S,” without elaborating.

    The Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case. Critics say the ban is intended to meet Trump’s campaign promise of keeping Muslims out […]
  • This June 7, 2017 photo shows part of Hopkinsville, Ky. This town is considered the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years on Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

    In rural Kentucky, solar eclipse preparation keeps town busy

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you’ll see the first signs — there’s fresh anticipation in the rural areas that will be prime viewing locations for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years.

    “We’ve talked about this a lot. It’s exciting to have all these people coming together,” said Julie-Anna Carlisle, owner of a wellness boutique in downtown Hopkinsville. “We live across town, but we’ve decided to camp out in the shop. I don’t want to be caught in a traffic jam and not be able to open the store.”

    Tens of thousands of people — estimates reach 100,000 people from as far as Japan and South Africa — will watch the eclipse from the area, and that has communities small and large bracing for an influx that could put a strain on resources and infrastructure. Hopkinsville, a city of about 32,000 people and the […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to thousands of people at an anti-Trump rally and protest in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York. Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

    NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial “Julius Caesar” production.

    Moore says he’s donating the money — his advance pay for the show “The Terms of My Surrender” — to the Public Theater program after corporate sponsors Bank of America and Delta pulled their sponsorship of “Julius Caesar.”

    The production, which closed on June 18, portrayed the assassinated title character as a Donald Trump look-alike. Protesters interrupted two live performances and were arrested after storming the stage. Police also are investigating threats made against the wife of the play’s director. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be […]
  • In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, Johnny Galecki arrives at the premiere of "In Time" in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for, Galecki, the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    ‘Big Bang Theory’ star home destroyed by California wildfire

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — The home of “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California.

    Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state’s central coast.

    By Tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile (6.5 sq. kilometer) wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. Fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can’t be assessed until they have been mostly contained.

    About 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of Santa Margarita after the blaze erupted Monday, but on Tuesday night they were told they could return home. Galecki plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the show, one of the most popular on TV. He also was a regular on the sitcom “Roseanne.” Copyright […]
  • A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A global stock market selloff extended to Asia on Wednesday as investors grew cautious following losses on Wall Street sparked by a delayed healthcare vote and in Europe over hints that stimulus would be reduced. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Global share sell-off hits Asia after Wall St, Europe losses

    HONG KONG (AP) — A global stock market sell-off pulled shares lower in Asia on Wednesday as investors grew cautious following losses on Wall Street sparked by a delayed health care vote. Sentiment was clouded in Europe by speculation that European Central Bank stimulus may be wound down if conditions improve.

    KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led declines, falling as much as 0.7 percent. By late afternoon it was down 0.6 percent at 25,690.90 while Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.5 percent to 20,130.41. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.4 percent to 2,382.56. The Shanghai Composite index in mainland China lost 0.5 percent to 3,175.60, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7 percent to 5,755.70.

    CENTRAL BANKING: Upbeat comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi about prospects for the 19-country eurozone were taken as a hint that policy change may be in the pipeline even though he did not mention plans to dial back stimulus measures. Meanwhile, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, in a speech in London, said […]
  • Fish market owner upset by large lobster TSA photo

    OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut fish market says she is “personally offended” after she saw a photo of a 20-pound (9-kilogram) lobster being handled by a Transportation Security Administration screener on social media.

    Lisa Feinman owns Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, and says she packed the lobster in a cooler with other lobsters for a customer from Georgia.

    TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy later shared a photo of a screener holding the lobster, getting thousands of likes on Instagram.

    In a Facebook post, Feinman says the TSA should “leave our personal property alone.” She also criticized the way the agent held the lobster, saying he could have snapped off a claw by putting all of its weight on its joints. The agency has not responded to requests for comment. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]