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Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:47pm

The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer give cities coveted grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:41pm

The maverick stood with his party on Tuesday, casting a crucial vote in the Republican drive to repeal "Obamacare." But then, like an angry prophet, Sen. John McCain condemned the tribal politics besetting the nation.

Boat captain leaps into sea to save crew after capsizing

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

A fishing boat captain jumped into cold, choppy waters to save two of his crew members after their vessel capsized off the Alaska coast.

2 photographers arrested on top of 400-foot-tall bridge

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

Two thrill-seeking photographers who climbed to the top of the nearly 400-foot-tall (122-meter-tall) Ben Franklin Bridge were arrested after setting off motion detectors during their middle-of-the-night ascent, officials said.

House decisively passes sanctions bill curbing Trump's power

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

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Sources: Former Trump campaign chair meets with Senate panel

Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview.

Mic captures GOP senator ripping Trump, mocking lawmaker

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

Oh, that dreaded open microphone!

Police: Officers kill man carrying knife, ax in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

Officers fatally shot a man who was making threats as he walked around Virginia's capital city with an ax and a long knife, wearing nothing but a kilt and combat-style boots, police and witnesses said.

Trump message chief willing to 'fire everybody' for leaking

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's prepared to clean house in order to stop the leaks plaguing the administration.

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Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire

John Raby and Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering.

Judge says Kobach has shown pattern of misleading court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has demonstrated a pattern of misleading the court about the facts and record in a voting rights case.

The Latest: House passes Russia sanctions bill by big margin

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:11pm

The Latest on the House's consideration of legislation that would impose new financial sanctions on Russia (all times local):

Police: Taser and tear gas used to arrest barricaded gunman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:01pm

Law enforcement launched tear gas canisters into an auto body shop and used a Taser to safely take a gunman into custody Tuesday, more than three hours after he shot an employee and barricaded himself inside.

The Latest: Auto shop worker stable after shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:50pm

The Latest on the shooting in Virginia at an auto body shop (all times local):

What could happen if Jeff Sessions is pushed out of office?

Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:50pm

President Donald Trump's startlingly public criticism of Jeff Sessions over the last week suggests an effort to pressure the attorney general into resigning with a possible eye toward replacing him and ending the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump heads to working-class Ohio for campaign rally

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:50pm

Straight off a slim but symbolic health care victory in Washington, President Donald Trump is headed to Ohio for a victory lap with the very voters who helped put him in office.

Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says "time will tell" fate

Jonathan Lemire and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:41pm

President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.

1,000 say goodbye to flash flood victims in 10 white caskets

Anita Snow and Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:41pm

To the strains of "Ave Maria," more than 1,000 people said goodbye Tuesday to 10 members of an extended family who lost their lives in a flash flood while celebrating a birthday in Arizona.

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:41pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that supporting Syrian refugees as close to their home as possible is the best way to help them.

Police: 2 missing Burundian teens on robotics team safe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:31pm

Police say two Burundian teens who disappeared from an international robotics competition in Washington have been found safe.