WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Andrey Kukushkin held pending a bail hearing. Federal prosecutors told Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley that Kukushkin might be a flight risk because of his ties to a Russian businessman who allegedly wired $1 million to Kukushkin and three others as part of an illegal campaign finance scheme. Charges against the four men relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting President Donald Trump's reelection.
BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. has few options in responding to the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurds. He told reporters the U.S. could hit Turkey with financial sanctions. But Trump says Americans would not support sending U.S. forces to end the conflict. He tweeted a third option earlier, attempting to mediate an end to the fighting. There has been bipartisan criticism of Trump's decision to move U.S. troops from northern Syria as Turkey was threatening the offensive.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani's requests to Ukrainian officials to investigate President Donald Trump's political rival be conveyed through official channels. That's according to a fellow former diplomat. The envoy, Marie Yovanovitch, is set to testify Friday before House committees as part of Democrats' impeachment investigation.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car as flames approached. He says a short time later the neighbors saw the garage on fire, but they don't know if she'd managed to escape. Riverside County fire officials say they're still trying to determine if anybody is unaccounted for after 74 structures were destroyed. The blaze is 10% contained.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump's use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince's "Purple Rain" as the audience at the rally waited for the president to begin speaking. Prince's estate released a statement after the rally saying it "will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince's songs." It said the campaign had confirmed a year ago that it would not use Prince's music.
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