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Defending FBI contact...Trump attacks media...Report: Insufficent evidence for travel ban

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 1:10 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending chief of staff Reince Priebus for soliciting the help of FBI Director James Comey to dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. Opponents say Priebus breached a government firewall limiting communications between the White House and the FBI about pending investigations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters "make up stories and make up sources." However, members of his White House team regularly demand anonymity when talking to reporters.

WASHINGTON (AP) —A Homeland Security spokeswoman isn't disputing a report that finds insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. But Gillian Christensen insists it's not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence. Trump cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to avoid sticking taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up mining company messes is being delayed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from the industry and congressional Republicans. Contaminated water from mine sites can flow into rivers and other waterways, harming aquatic life and threatening drinking water supplies. Companies in the past avoided cleanup costs in many cases by declaring bankruptcy.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says an ambush in a northern province has killed 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander. The official says Islamic State militants attacked as the officers left a mosque. The wife was killed when she rushed to the scene.

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