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Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments were wrong

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.



J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder.



Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impending departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.



Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.



Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.



Death of 7-year-old migrant on border raises questions

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing.



Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer leaned back in his seat and propped up his feet on the leather chair next to him as he listened to a colleagues farewell address this week. It was a casual vibe in the normally stuffy chamber and just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own members.



Alabama AG taking over case of black man killed by police

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

The investigation of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer inside Alabama's largest shopping mall is now in the hands of the state attorney general, he announced Thursday.



Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to protect them from criminal prosecution in some instances of deadly force, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.



Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership.



Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear -- but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.



Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.



AP Interview: Sen. Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.



Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.



Police sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.



As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.



'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds" out of "blind loyalty."



Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

An earthquake that struck eastern Tennessee early Wednesday could be felt as far away as Atlanta, the U.S. Geological Survey said.



Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

Posted 12/13/2018 in National

The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.



Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

Posted 12/12/2018 in National

Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws.



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