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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Attorney General William Barr's investigation of the origins of the multi-year probe into whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. The move marks an escalation in Trump's efforts to "investigate the investigators," as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hostility between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ratcheting up, with each questioning the other's fitness for duty. Personal attacks flowed on both sides Thursday after a dramatic blow-up at the White House the day before. Both left open the prospect of working together in the future despite ongoing pressure on Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings against the president. Trump said, "I don't think anybody wants to be impeached."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new round of charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is raising questions about media freedom. Assange was charged Thursday in a new 18-count indictment with soliciting and publishing classified information. His lawyer says the indictment charges Assange with "encouraging sources to provide him truthful information and for publishing that information." But Justice Department officials say they believe Assange strayed far outside First Amendment protections.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Army engineers say two runaway barges did "minimal" damage when they struck an Arkansas River dam. The barges filled with 1,500 tons of fertilizer swept down the flood-swollen river and hit the Webbers Falls Lock and Dam about noon Thursday and sank. Town officials in the riverfront town of Webbers Falls had warned residents to flee for fear such a collision would catastrophically breach the dam and flood the town.

NEW YORK (AP) — A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. A lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein told a bankruptcy court judge Thursday that "an economic agreement in principal" has been reached. More than 15 lawsuits have been filed accusing Harvey Weinstein or the company of misconduct. Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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