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Jury to hear Bill Cosby’s testimony about quaaludes and sex

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have heard excerpts from the comedian's lurid, decade-old deposition, but explosive sections about him obtaining quaaludes and giving them to women before sex are yet to ...

House votes to roll back post-2008 financial rules

By KEVIN FREKING and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has moved closer to fulfilling President Donald Trump's goal of doing "a big number" on Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent ...

Fired FBI director Comey’s testimony puts spotlight on Trump

By JULIE PACE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the ...

Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn’t take stand

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury that heard seven hours of testimony from a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her may soon hear from Cosby himself — even if he doesn't take the stand. Prosecutors are expected to show ...

Congressional hearings have a high-stakes history

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings — even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the cameras. Suspense is building as fired FBI Director James ...

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

By EMERY P. DALESIO and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall. The efforts were ...

Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead FBI

By SADIE GURMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his pick for FBI director — a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing ...

Lab supervisor: Castile gun was loaded, no round in chamber

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist told a supervisor on the scene that he didn't know where the motorist's gun was, but added that he told the motorist to get his hand off the firearm, according to audio recorded after the shooting. The audio ...

Eric Trump calls father’s critics ‘not even people’

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Trump says critics of his father are "not even people." President Donald Trump's son told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that he's "never seen hatred like this" and "morals have flown out the window" when it comes to attacks against his father. Eric Trump took ...

Nevada couple admits stealing $913K from New York company

LYNBROOK, N.Y. (AP) — A Las Vegas couple has admitted to embezzling more than $900,000 from a Long Island construction company. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that 53-year-old Linda Minervini and 37-year-old Thomas Cacaci Jr. pleaded guilty in county court to ...

Coroner says Indiana couple, teenage son were shot to death

SALEM, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a couple and their teenage son whose bodies were found in their southern Indiana home were shot to death. Police have said they believe a man who was living with the family committed the slayings. State Police say the Washington County coroner identified ...

Raise your right hand: High stakes at Congressional hearings

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings —https://www.oniwire.com/wp-admin/post-new.php even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the ...

Trump heading to Ohio to talk infrastructure

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will discuss his plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and waterways during a speech in Ohio Wednesday. As the White House tries to push past a series of distractions and focus on ...

SpaceX launches 1st recycled supply ship

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station on Saturday, yet another milestone in its bid to drive down flight costs. After a two-day delay caused by thunderstorms, the unmanned Falcon ...

NY officer dragged by car, critically injured; 2 in custody

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York plainclothes police officer was critically injured when a driver he was questioning in a gunfire investigation took off, dragging the officer more than two city blocks. A police spokesman said Officer Dalsh Veve fired his weapon as he was being ...

Source: Brother of dismembered boy’s killer found dead

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly six years after detectives uncovered the dismembered remains of an 8-year-old boy in a Brooklyn house, the brother of the man now imprisoned for killing the child was found dead in the same family home. Police responding to a call ...

Pentagon chief turns up heat on North Korea and China

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a "clear and present danger" and chastising the Chinese for coercive behavior in the South ...

GOP legislative agenda incomplete, lags as Congress returns

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through nearly half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement. If that's going to change, it will have to start soon, a ...

Pence rallying GOP base in Iowa, where some cool to Trump

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is trying to solidify the Republican base in Iowa, where some conservatives complain President Donald Trump has much to prove and party leaders say he's being undermined from within. Headlining Sen. Joni ...

Source: Chicago, federal government draft police reform deal

By MICHAEL TARM and HERBERT G. MCCANN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at ...