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Trump questions U.S. intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

HELSINKI — Standing next to Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump's benefit and seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Russia's hands were ...

Kansas Republicans offer support for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

TOPEKA - Both U.S. Senators from Kansas, as well as Gov. Jeff Colyer, issued statements of support Monday night for President Donald Trump's latest nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, while Democrats vowed to make the nomination a key issue in the upcoming midterm elections. At a ...

Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further ...

Moran presses Russia on election meddling

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas, said Friday that he pressured Russian government officials about meddling in U.S. elections. Moran was part of a Republican congressional delegation that traveled to Moscow over the July 4 holiday to meet with Russian officials in advance of ...

Moran, other visiting U.S. senators urge Russia not to meddle in midterm election

MOSCOW — Visiting U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Russia not to meddle in the U.S. midterm election in November if it wants to improve strained bilateral ties. The senators were in Russia as part of a congressional visit taking place two weeks ahead of a summit between the nations' ...

Moran says he’ll discuss election interference during Russia trip

KANSAS CITY, MO. — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says he plans to discuss election interference during an upcoming trip to Russia with a small group of Republican lawmakers. The Kansas City Star reports that Moran also will be visiting Norway and Finland during the Senate's holiday break. The visit ...

Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

Story updated at 10:07 a.m. June 29 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. The shooting ...

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A ...

White House faces hard deadline on reunited migrant families; judge gives 30 days

MCALLEN, Texas — The clock is ticking for the Trump administration after a federal judge ordered thousands of migrant children and parents reunited within 30 days, sooner if the youngster is under 5. The hard deadline was set Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ...

U.S. House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

WASHINGTON — The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded the party. The conservative measure's 231-193 defeat set the ...

Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the border illegally. "We want to keep families together. It's very important," Trump told ...

Trump administration sending babies, other young migrants to ‘tender age’ shelters

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio ...

Kansas Sen. Moran criticizes family separations at U.S. border

TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he opposes the forced separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. and is working to stop it. Moran said in a statement Tuesday that the separation of children from parents attempting to enter the U.S. illegally demonstrates ...

U.S. Rep. Yoder urges Sessions to halt separation of families

WICHITA — U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries, going further than any other member of Kansas' all Republican congressional delegation in expressing concerns. Yoder, who is chairman of a House ...

Judge jails former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ahead of trial

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail. On Friday, Manafort was ordered into custody after a federal judge revoked his house arrest, citing newly filed obstruction of justice charges. The move by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows purges of state voter rolls

WASHINGTON — States can target people who haven't cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections. By a 5-4 vote that split the ...

Flu season was one of the deadliest for U.S. children

NEW YORK — The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when ...

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in France at 61

PARIS — American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend ...