Justice Dept. won't allow FBI officials to speak to Senate panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the U.S. government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information. The government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the homeland.


  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Senate rejects bipartisan push for new US war authorization

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a 16-year-old law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks as the legal basis to send U.S. troops into combat.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Republicans unveil long-shot effort on health care


WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Rally held for biracial boy who was nearly hanged by teens


CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 people, holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome," gathered at a park to offer support to the family of an 8-year-old biracial boy who was nearly hanged by a group of teenagers.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL CASEY , Associated Press