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AP source: Kushner sought secret communications with Russia

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 12:33am

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 12:33am

His whirlwind foreign trip complete, President Donald Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and mushrooming inquiries into allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election and had improper dealings with his campaign and associates.

Slain Virginia officer was a father of 3, former Marine

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 12:20am

A Virginia State Police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a Richmond public housing complex was a father of three and former Marine who founded a youth wrestling club and mentored disadvantaged kids, authorities said.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 11:51pm

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn't defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.

Mayor: 'Heroes' died protecting women from anti-Muslim rant

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:45pm

Police said Saturday they'll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of an Oregon man accused of fatally stabbing two men who tried to intervene when the suspect yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim on a Portland light-rail train.

US announces sanctions on alleged Mexican heroin trafficker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:24pm

The U.S. government is imposing sanctions on alleged Mexican drug traffickers described by the Treasury Department as "major contributors to our nation's heroin epidemic."

Report: Illinois office had contest to close family cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:12pm

The Joliet office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services offered gift cards to workers closing the most cases just months before a missing 1-year-old girl's body was found under a couch in a home, a report Saturday said.

Noose found on tree outside museum in nation's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:10pm

Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a tree outside a museum in the nation's capital.

Defense secretary references Manchester in West Point speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:02pm

The deaths of 22 people at a concert hall in Manchester, England, this week shows the need for institutions like the U.S. Military Academy to produce soldiers willing to battle those who would commit terrorism, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.

Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:02pm

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85.

Report: After Pulse massacre, police training needs changes

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:51pm

As a law enforcement foundation reviews how the Orlando Police Department responded to a 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub, the organization's staffers say in a paper that police training and protocols may need to change.

Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 7:34pm

As he dashed through the Middle East and Europe, Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader abroad. He solemnly laid a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, had an audience with the pope at the Vatican and stood center stage with Western allies at the annual summits that dominate the diplomatic calendar.

Authorities: Fourth person in Des Moines apartment fire dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:51pm

A fourth person has died following a Des Moines apartment blaze, making it one of the city's deadliest fires.

The Latest: FBI assisting investigation in Portland attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:10pm

The Latest on a stabbing on a Portland, Oregon, train that left two dead (all times local):

Parents of girl filmed urinating tell school 'do something'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:00pm

The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was filmed urinating in a bathroom stall say officials at a California high school aren't doing enough to punish the perpetrator who received a three-day suspension after she admitted to posting the video on social media.

Man dead in St. Louis after standoff, gunfire with police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:40pm

St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers before one of them shot and killed him.

Jet owned by Elvis auctioned after sitting 35 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:30pm

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years.

Package that led to Newark airport evacuation deemed safe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:30pm

A suspicious package that forced the partial evacuation of a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport has been determined not to be a threat.

5 Ohio teachers resign after leaving school camp to drink

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:10pm

Five Ohio teachers have resigned after they slipped out of a sixth-grade camping trip for drinks and dinner, school district officials announced Friday