Government and politics

DUP's Arlene Foster speaks to the media at Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday Feb. 12, 2018, as Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar are holding crunch talks at Stormont House. Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government has been suspended since January 2017, but with renewed high lefel talks both sides said Monday that progress has been made.(Niall Carson/PA via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 11:37 am
LONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland's biggest political party says talks to restore the collapsed Belfast government have failed. Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster says negotiations with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein to restore the power-sharing government "have been...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. Wray said the agency provided the White House with information twice last year about Rob Porter, the top Trump aide who resigned as staff secretary last week after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public. Wray said the bureau closed its background investigation on Porter in January, weeks before the allegations were published. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2018 - 11:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. Wray said the agency provided the White House with information twice last year about Rob Porter, the top Trump aide who resigned as staff secretary last week after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public. Wray said the bureau closed its background investigation on Porter in January, weeks before the allegations were published. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2018 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the White House's handling of the allegations about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last week (all times local): __ 11:00 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the government's vetting of its employees is broken if an accused wife beater is...
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February 14, 2018 - 11:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog's investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife's airfare for an 11-day European trip. The report also questions Shulkin's decision to...
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February 14, 2018 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge overseeing the criminal case against two of the men charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has chided lawyers for the number of sealed filings. Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, and his business associate Rick...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. NATO defense ministers begin a two-day meeting Wednesday to focus on military spending, cooperation with the European Union, and assistance to the Iraqi army. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
February 14, 2018 - 10:51 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday urged European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russia. Only eight of the 29 NATO member countries are forecast to reach this...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30 2018 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year speech to civil servants and constitutional bodies at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Macron's office is closing the press room inside the presidential palace, amid broader efforts by the French leader to control his public image. Advisers for Macron announced Wednesday Feb.14, 2018 that journalists will be moved to a new site off the territory of the presidential Elysee Palace with less access to presidential activity. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 14, 2018 - 10:03 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's office is closing the press room inside the presidential palace amid broader efforts by the French leader to control his public image. Advisers for Macron announced Wednesday that journalists will be moved to a new site out of the presidential Elysee...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. Wray said the agency provided the White House with information twice last year about Rob Porter, the top Trump aide who resigned as staff secretary last week after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public. Wray said the bureau closed its background investigation on Porter in January, weeks before the allegations were published. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2018 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting the White House, the FBI said it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about a top aide accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, and the investigation wrapped up in January. That account by FBI Director Christopher Wray...
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February 14, 2018 - 8:14 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers have passed a bill to move New York's Primary Day to Thursday, Sept. 13. It's currently scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11. Lawmakers and supporters said that they wanted to move the date in honor of 9/11, as well as in observation of the Jewish holiday of Rosh...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray, left, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, center, arrive for a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2018 - 2:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the nation's top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow's escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. "We have seen Russian activity...
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