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Cyprus businessman suing Buzzfeed for unproven Trump dossier

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

A businessman based in Cyprus is suing the Buzzfeed online media outlet for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during last year's U.S. election.

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

President Donald Trump has granted the U.S. military more authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia, approving a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive airstrikes, officials said Thursday.

The Latest: Rubio says hackers targeted campaign aides

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on Russian interference in last year's presidential election (all times local):

Lawsuit: Federal judge can't manage her personal affairs

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:54pm

A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave after she was mysteriously pulled off a string of cases now faces a lawsuit from a fellow judge challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs.

Truck carrying mulch hits, kills 2 children near bus stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

A tractor-trailer carrying 75,000 pounds of mulch struck and killed two children who ran into the road to meet their approaching school bus in Virginia on Thursday, state police said.

Trump to meet Denmark's premier amid Brexit, NATO concerns

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

President Donald Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

The Latest: Springsteen band member unhappy with HB2 change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina's "bathroom law" (all times local):

Missing cat from California ends up in Canada years later

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:43pm

A cat that went missing in California 2 ½ years ago has shown up many miles away in Canada.

White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:43pm

The White House has invited the heads of congressional intelligence committees investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council.

US hits 'Beatles' cell member, 6 more with terror sanctions

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:34pm

The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on seven people for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, including a member of the IS cell dubbed "The Beatles." The sanctions also targeted a diverse array of individuals from Asia, Europe and New Zealand that the U.S. accuses of being terrorists.

White House adviser Kushner, senator talk criminal justice

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:34pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley met with White House adviser Jared Kushner about criminal justice reform Thursday, giving supporters a small sign of encouragement that the issue could be revived under President Donald Trump.

Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:25pm

A top aide to President Donald Trump said she is leaving his administration to join a pro-Trump outside group, America First Policies.

North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

Democrats criticize Trump's Air Force pick over past work

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

President Donald Trump's nominee for Air Force secretary came under scrutiny Thursday as Democrats questioned her work as a defense industry consultant and a conversation she had a decade ago with a federal prosecutor during a corruption probe.

Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016, distraction cited

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday.

Idaho police arrest man who had been hiding for 17 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:10pm

Officials say a northern Idaho man arrested for unlawfully possessing firearms was handed over to the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Trump University lawsuits face final hurdle to settlement

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:54am

President Donald Trump faces one last hurdle to ending nearly seven years of lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University when a judge decides Thursday whether to approve a $25 million settlement with former customers who claimed they were duped by failed promises to learn success in real estate.

Trial of defamation lawsuit against Trump adviser postponed

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:54am

Republican political operative Roger Stone, who's been busy preparing for a possible grilling by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian hacking, appeared Thursday at a New York courthouse for the trial of a civil defamation lawsuit against him before it was postponed for months.

As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:44am

As America's effort to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan yields little progress, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, with or without U.S. support.

Bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly and heads to governor, who supports it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

Bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly and heads to governor, who supports it.