As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's high-tech military is coming under scathing international criticism for its use of live fire that killed scores of Palestinian protesters across a border — even if the protesting Gazans were burning tires, launching fiery kites into Israeli farms and in some cases trying to rip apart a border fence.


  • Written by By JOSEF FEDERMAN , Associated Press

EPA's Pruitt faces senators' question on spending, security


WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faced tough questioning Wednesday from senators about ethics investigations involving his travel spending, security precautions and large raises for young aides.


  • Written by By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Trump Jr: Can't recall discussing Russia probe with father

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. struck an unapologetic tone during hours of congressional questioning last year, saying he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 presidential election or that the get-together might have been part of a Russian government effort to aid his father, according to transcripts released Wednesday.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY , Associated Press

CIA nominee wins Senate panel backing, confirmation expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the spy agency.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Judge: Special counsel had authority to prosecute Manafort


WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday.

  • Written by By CHAD DAY , Associated Press