Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose contacts with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador, on a security clearance form he submitted as a United States senator last year, the Justice Department acknowledged Wednesday.
The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries "connected with Senate activities" did not have to be reported on the form.
The news comes just two months after Sessions recused himself from a Justice Department investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was revealed that he had two previously undisclosed encounters, last summer and fall, with the Russian ambassador.
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An attorney was caught on tape telling a crime victim that she could be deported under “Trump’s laws” if she showed up in court to testify against his client, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
"You know how things are with Trump's laws now. Someone goes to court and, boom, they get taken away," the Baltimore defense attorney, Christos Vasiliades, allegedly told the victim and her husband.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered the Class Day address at Harvard University on Wednesday. He didn't address President Donald Trump by name, but did assure the graduating class that the current political climate won't last.
"I assure you, this condition is temporary," Biden said. "It's a temporary state of affairs. The American people will not sustain this attitude."
He urged the graduates to get involved in politics, and make a difference.
The Democrat served six terms as a U.S. senator for Delaware before becoming vice president under Barack Obama in 2009. He left office this year and is leading policy institutes at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.
In his first big tour on the world stage, President Donald Trump is choosing caution over his usual brand of chaos.
The early morning Twitter rants that so often rattle Washington have disappeared as Trump travels through the Middle East and Europe. The president has traded his free-wheeling speaking style for tightly scripted remarks. And with most of the traveling press corps being kept at a distance, the opportunities for him to be pressed on the controversies engulfing his administration back home are dramatically lessened.
Trump did briefly respond to one shouted question about his meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, offering this indisputable assessment of the pontiff: "He is something."
Thousands of illegally harvested alligator eggs and several illegal alligator hunts were discovered by undercover officers working in a fully functional alligator farm set up by Florida's wildlife agency, leading to the arrest Wednesday of nine men on 44 felony charges.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission began setting up the undercover operation four years ago in an effort to track down unpermitted alligator and alligator egg sales. The agency leased land in rural Arcadia in southwest Florida, bought equipment and alligators and ran the Sunshine Alligator Farm using two undercover officers who set up residence on the property.
The officers would go to trade shows and began forming relationships with others in the tightly regulated industry.
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The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend.
Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video "is hard to watch and listen to" and that the department is reviewing the police body camera footage to determine exactly what happened.
The grainy footage was shot late Saturday outside an event center where authorities say officers were called about two men fighting at a quinceanera, a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.
A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets.
President Donald Trump is proposing a roughly 30 percent reduction in the federal budget for the program formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. His overall budget proposal met a chilly reception from lawmakers, and is unlikely to be passed as is. But it suggests increasing work requirements for SNAP recipients, and says states should both share in the cost of the program and determine the level of benefits they provide. That would lead to fewer people in the program, or could reduce how much help they get.
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Officials say eight California prison guards and seven inmates were taken to hospitals after a fight between two inmates quickly raged out of control.
Correctional officers fired 19 bullets from semi-automatic rifles and three hard foam rounds to break up Wednesday's melee at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.
Five of the seven injured inmates suffered gunshot wounds. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
Peter Hodge’s two daughters fight cystic fibrosis daily, their medications, doctor visits and hospitalizations costing about $1 million in health care benefits a year. Should the Republican-controlled Senate upend insurance similarly to what the House of Representatives has already approved, their lives could be jeopardized, he said.
Hodge worries that his older daughter could end up on a newly defined Medicaid, with spending and other limits determined by the states. His younger daughter could face lifetime caps on the amount his insurance plan would pay for her treatment.
"People with cystic fibrosis and their families are terrified, absolutely terrified," said Hodge, who works in technology in South Florida.
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Two counselors at a Pennsylvania addiction treatment center died of opioid overdoses Sunday afternoon.
First responders found the counselors in two separate rooms at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge treatment center outside of Philadelphia. Both were unresponsive. Needles, baggies and cigarettes littered the scene. The counselors each tested positive for heroin and fentanyl.
Residents at the facility attempted to revive the counselors using naloxone, which reverses the effects of an overdose if administered immediately. Pennsylvania has a standing order that was issued in 2015 by Physician General Rachel Levine that requires every pharmacy to dispense naloxone or narcan to any patient who asks for it.
Ohio police say a man who fell down a cliff and spent four days in a ravine was rescued this week after he crawled onto a nearby golf course, despite having broken his legs, pelvis and wrist.
A worker at the course in Elyria, Ohio, was doing routine maintenance on Tuesday, May 23, when he stumbled upon 30-year-old Gerald Muskiewicz and called for help, said Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.
Muskiewicz was naked and suffering from hypothermia when he was found. Muskiewicz told officers he had stripped his clothes off after falling because they had gotten soaked in a river and the weather was getting chilly. Temperatures in Elyria, about 25 miles west of Cleveland, dipped into the 50s over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The latest design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has been revealed. Architect Kengo Kuma emphasized harmony with nature in the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Games.
A California-based company is creating the largest shelter community ever made in Edgemont, South Dakota. The 575 bunkers on 18 square miles can house up to 5,000 people.
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.
"This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data" that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for this problem, said one study leader, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Medical Center.
He said research into promising medical uses has been hampered by requiring scientists to get special licenses, plus legal constraints and false notions of how risky marijuana is.
What if tattoos could talk? That's what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating...