Top intel official: US must do more to stop Russian meddling


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow's activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Dick's cuts off sales of assault-style rifles in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21, the company said Wednesday, as its CEO made an emphatic call for significant changes to U.S. gun policy after the massacre at a Florida high school.



Hicks acknowledges 'white lies' for Trump, but not on Russia


WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks acknowledged to a House intelligence panel that she has occasionally told "white lies" for President Donald Trump but has not lied about anything relevant to the Russia investigation, according to those present for Hicks' closed-door testimony.

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  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Complaint: HUD employee demoted over office makeover request


WASHINGTON (AP) — When the acting head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development asked an agency official to "find money" to pay for a costly makeover of incoming Secretary Ben Carson's office, she recoiled, telling him $5,000 was the statutory max. But that wasn't the end of the conversation, according to a complaint alleging retaliation filed with a federal whistleblower agency.

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  • Written by By JULIET LINDERMAN , Associated Press

White House downgrades Kushner's security clearance


WASHINGTON (AP) — The security clearance of White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has been downgraded, significantly reducing his access to classified information, according to two people informed of the decision.

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  • Written by By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press