WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department spokesman says "there was absolutely nothing misleading" about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' answer when, during his confirmation hearing, he said he had not communicated with the Russians. But revelations that Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign last year have some lawmakers calling for him to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House lawyers are telling the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related investigations. That's according to administration officials. The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, has also asked more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals to preserve relevant records.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is warning against an "isolationist tendency" in the U.S. that he calls dangerous to national security. The 43rd president spoke Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, to promote his new book, "Portraits of Courage," a volume of his paintings of military veterans.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — "It's awful, it's devastating." That's how a sheriff's deputy in Douglas County, Oregon is describing a house fire that killed three siblings, ages 4 to 10, and a 13-year-old foster child. The mother of the three siblings, another one of her children and her husband were critically injured. The fire happened early Wednesday in Riddle, a small town about 200 miles south of Portland.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving ahead with a first-in-the-nation attempt to allow marijuana clubs. A measure passed a Republican state Senate committee Wednesday evening that would allow on-site marijuana consumption at private clubs. And those clubs may allow indoor pot smoking, despite health concerns about indoor smoking. But the bill also would allow any jurisdiction to ban those clubs.