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Trump Decries ‘far-fetched’ Collusion Theories

(AP) – President Donald Trump says “far-fetched theories” about collusion in the 2016 election “only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia.” Trump is reacting to news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for plotting to influence the 2016 campaign.  Trump says, “It’s time we […]

Man Pleads Guilty In Russia Probe

(AP) – A California man has pleaded guilty to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in the US elections. Richard Pinedo of Santa Paula pleaded guilty earlier this month to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the Russians. A Justice Department spokeswoman says Pinedo did not know […]

FBI Investigates Overlooked Tip On Cruz

(Washington, DC) — The FBI is launching an investigation into an overlooked tip about alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz. In a statement, FBI Director Chris Wray said someone called an FBI hotline on January 5th, warning about Cruz’ troubling behavior. Wray said the bureau apparently failed to follow-up through standard protocols. Cruz is charged with […]

Officials: Man Obsessed With YouTube Stars Likely Shot Self

(AP) – Authorities say a New Mexico man who traveled to Austin last month to kill and rob two YouTube celebrities likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot after being confronted by police. The Travis County medical examiner’s office said Friday that Christopher Giles was struck by police fire on Jan. 26 but the preliminary determination […]

Putin Foe Khodorkovsky Doesn’t Want Presidency

(AP) – Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he’s not interested in replacing Vladimir Putin as president.  Khodorkovsky told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he might vote for TV star Ksenia Sobchak in next month’s presidential election – or cast a spoiled ballot. Khodorkovsky is barred from running in the March 18 vote […]

Food Box Idea Draws Ire From Democrats, Advocates

(AP) – The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance”: replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.”  But the plan, which the administration projected would save $130 billion over 10 […]

Ancient Beard Traditions Shape The Face Of Modern Jerusalem

(AP) – Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity. For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands […]

Romney Makes It Official: He’s Running For Utah Senate Seat

(AP) – Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah.  The former presidential nominee confirmed his widely anticipated plans Friday in an online video. The announcement features his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and says the conservative state and its residents […]

After Shootings, Plenty Of Talk, Little Action

(AP) – Democrats say Congress needs to do more to help prevent the kind of shooting tragedy that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school this week.  Sen. Bill Nelson declared, “enough is enough.” He urged lawmakers to talk about ways to stop gun violence.  But Congress has been here before. After a […]

6 Friends Shattered By Florida Shooting Forge New Bond

(AP) – Six friends who survived a deadly mass shooting at their south Florida high school say they will rely on their close bonds to help each other move beyond the tragedy. Joey Cordover, Noah Kaufman, John Greenberg, Sam Resnick, Ethan Rocha, and Jonathan Blank were all in class Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened […]