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By The Associated Press | Updated - Feb 17th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Feb 16th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Congress is likely to challenge President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration and various groups are taking legal action to block it. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has also threatened legal action to block the emergency declaration. Adviser Stephen Miller tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress tries to block his declaration of an emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday that the trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them late Friday without charges.

NEW YORK (AP) — British lawmakers are accusing Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K., and calling for greater oversight of social media companies in a scathing report issued Monday. The parliamentary committee that prepared the report says social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to better control harmful or illegal content.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the interview with "60 Minutes" that the FBI had good reason to investigate whether Trump was in league with Russia, and a possible national security threat, following the May 2017 firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman have declined to say if Abe nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. Abe noted that the Nobel committee does not disclose the parties behind nominations for a half-century. He said, "I thus decline comment." The government's top spokesman told reporters Japan highly valued Trump's efforts on North Korea's nuclear disarmament, but he echoed Abe in refusing other comment.

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