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Senate inquiry to probe Russian agent's meetings with Treasury, Fed

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:04pm
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has launched an inquiry into meetings in 2015 between top Obama administration officials, a Russian central banker and Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to work as a Russian agent to influence American foreign policy.

Legal challenges to Trump emergency declaration face uphill battle

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:26pm
Democratic lawmakers, states and others mulling legal challenges to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to obtain funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall face an uphill and probably losing battle in a showdown likely to be decided by the conservative-majority Supreme Court, legal experts said.

Trump to nominate Jeffrey Byard as U.S. emergency management chief

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:21pm
President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey Byard, a senior official at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be its administrator, replacing Brock Long who said this week he was resigning, the White House said on Friday.

Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:48pm
A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said.

Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:33pm
A senior Amazon.com Inc executive on Friday disputed claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon workers face "dehumanizing conditions" as being untrue and invited her to take a tour of company facilities.

U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13pm
A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth.

Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:49pm
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Gunman opens fire at Illinois plant, at least one killed

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:02pm
A gunman opened fire in an industrial building in Aurora, Illinois on Friday, city and law enforcement officials said, killing at least one person and wounding several others before he was taken into custody.

House panel announces emergency declaration probe in letter to Trump

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 3:51pm
A key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, saying his move to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border raised constitutional and statutory issues.

U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:52pm
The special master overseeing a U.S. government fund to compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Friday said future awards will be significantly reduced, typically by at least 50 percent, because the fund is running short of money.

Active shooter reported in Aurora, Illinois: officials on Twitter

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:52pm
Police on Friday were responding to an "active shooter" in Aurora, Illinois, city officials said on Twitter.

Police arrest 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:27pm
Two Nigerian brothers have been arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, the city's police department said on Friday.

Trump declares U.S.-Mexico emergency for border wall

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:05pm
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. to reduce payouts from Sept. 11 victims fund

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:37pm
The special master overseeing a U.S. government fund to compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Friday said future awards will be significantly reduced because the fund is running short of money.

Trump, in proclamation, says military help needed due to 'gravity' of emergency

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:17pm
President Donald Trump, in a proclamation on Friday declaring an emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico, said he need to call upon the military for assistance "because of the gravity of the current emergency situation."

U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship query

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:07pm
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge's ruling blocking the plan.

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:00pm
NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.

Trump declares U.S.-Mexico border emergency, Democrats object

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:41pm
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump's emergency declaration

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:16pm
California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Police have 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:13pm
Two men being questioned in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago are potential suspects in the alleged crime, the city's police department said on Friday.

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