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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jun 12th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Jun 11th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if a foreign power were offering dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and would have no obligation to call in the FBI. Speaking to ABC News, Trump says, "I think I'd want to hear it." He adds, "There's nothing wrong with listening." Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, repeated their calls to begin impeachment hearings in the wake of Trump's newest remarks.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will be interviewing former White House communications director Hope Hicks behind closed doors. It's a breakthrough for Democrats who have been frustrated by President Donald Trump's stonewalling of their investigations. Hicks was a close and trusted Trump aide who worked for the presidential campaign and in the White House. The Judiciary panel subpoenaed her last month.

HONG KONG (AP) — After days of silence, Chinese state media is characterizing the largely peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong as a "riot" and accusing protesters of "violent acts." In an editorial featuring a photo of a bloodied officer, the state-run China Daily said that protesters are using the bill "to tarnish the image of the government." Xinhua state news agency said protesters used "sharpened iron poles" and bricks against police.

BOSTON (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues has been named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs. The gritty forward lifted the trophy on the ice moments after the Blues beat Boston 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

UNDATED (AP) — The Defense Department is reforming how it handles reports of sexual assault among children who live with their service member families on military bases – but the overhaul has been uneven. Mothers tell The Associated Press they felt no urgency from counselors or criminal investigators after a 13-year-old boy was accused of molesting younger children on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan. The Air Force says it scrambled resources to help once the scope became clear.

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