AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases. That's according to an administration official who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press. The revelation comes days after Barr said in a television interview that Trump’s tweets about Justice Department cases and staffers make it “impossible” for him to do his job. The next day, Trump ignored Barr’s request and insisted that he has the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases. Barr’s spokeswoman says the attorney general "has no plans to resign.”
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump pardon
CHICAGO (AP) — Forrmer Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out of prison hours after his sentence for political corruption was commuted by President Donald Trump. Reporters and onlookers were on hand Tuesday as the now silver-haired Blagojevich left the gates of the Federal Corrections Institution Englewood south of Denver. Blagojevich served more than eight years of a 14-year sentence for crimes that included seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s former Senate seat and trying to shake down a children’s hospital. The president said the punishment imposed on the Democrat and one-time contestant on Trump's reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" was excessive.
The Latest: Klobuchar revisits flub about Mexico's leader
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amy Klobuchar is trying to make amends for not being able to name Mexico’s president recently -- but she's still making a small mistake. The Minnesota senator was unable to name Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when asked by a Telemundo reporter during a candidate forum in Nevada last Friday. She was asked about that flub during a CNN town hall Tuesday night and said, “I would like to give my greeting to Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador” mispronouncing the president’s first name slightly. Klobuchar offered the excuse that she’d had a long day in the Senate and landed in Nevada late before the forum.
New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000
BEIJING (AP) — New virus cases in China continue to fall, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China's leader said disease prevention and control was at “a critical time.” The much-criticized quarantine of a cruise ship in Japan to avoid spreading the virus ended. The 542 cases on the ship were the most outside China. The updated figures for mainland China bring the total for cases to 74,185 and deaths to 2,004. New cases have fallen to under 2,000 daily for the past two days. China has locked down several hard-hit cities, halting nearly all movement except for the quarantine efforts, medical care and delivery of food and basic necessities. China also may postpone its biggest political meeting of the year.
Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship after their two-week quarantine ended. Results were still pending for some passengers who've been tested for the virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and more than 540 on the ship. Some passengers said they received health check forms asking if they had any symptoms such as headache, fever, cough. Passengers who tested negative and had no symptoms still had to get their body temperature checked before leaving. A Japanese passenger said he was still waiting for his virus results and was getting worried.
Soggy neighborhoods under flash-flood warning in Mississippi
RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Water levels are dropping but more rain is coming for parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods with long clean-ups ahead. Hard-hit central Mississippi was under a flash flood watch Tuesday. The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to 2 inches — with higher amounts possible in some spots — were expected to fall in a short amount of time. Forecasters say that could worsen ongoing river flooding in the region. The national Weather Prediction Center says the threat of heavy rain Tuesday will be greatest across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein's rape trial
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has ended its first day of deliberations in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein. The jury is weighing the evidence Tuesday after often-emotional testimony from women who accused the Hollywood producer of sexual assault. Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another in 2006. Other accusers testified as part of the prosecution's effort to show he used the same tactics to victimize many women over the years. Weinstein maintains any sexual conduct was consensual.
Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr. built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-1990s dynasty. He was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license. The White House announced the surprise decision to reporters on Tuesday. NFL great Jerry Rice played on three of DeBartolo's Super Bowl-winning teams and says DeBartolo “was like that 12th man” of the great 49ers teams.
President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning a long list of other people. The list includes former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, who served three years for tax fraud, and financier Michael Milken, the “junk bond kind” who pleaded guilty to violating U.S. securities laws. Trump also pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. But Trump also commuted the sentences of several women more representative of the flood of requests that presidents typically receive. Judith Negron had been serving 35 years at a Florida prison for health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering when she was released Tuesday.
BOEING-FUEL TANK DEBRIS
Boeing finds a new issue with Max, debris in fuel tanks
Boeing has a new problem with the grounded 737 Max. The company has found debris inside the fuel tanks of some of the planes. Boeing said Tuesday the problem was discovered during maintenance work on planes that have been built but haven’t been delivered to airlines because the Max is still grounded after two deadly crashes. Boeing is testing changes in flight-control software after two crashes killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Boeing says the fuel-tank issue won’t change the company’s expectation that regulators will certify the plane to fly again sometime in mid-2020.