Defense bill authorizes billions more than Trump had sought

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That's far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Radio anchor says Franken groped, kissed her without consent

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.

  • Written by By KYLE POTTER , Associated Press

New Jersey Sen. Menendez's bribery trial ends in a hung jury


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they plan to retry the lawmaker.

  • Written by By DAVID PORTER , Associated Press

Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed.

  • Written by By MATT O'BRIEN , AP Technology Writer