FBI director defends his agency against Trump's attacks


WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution, and no finer people, than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart."


  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Trump Jr. avoids questions about talks with father


WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. refused to tell lawmakers about conversations he had with his father regarding a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer after emails detailing the meeting had become public, according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations


WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.


  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.


  • Written by By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

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  • Written by MATTHEW DALY and RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press