Swiss stage raids in probe of defense deals with Putin links

GENEVA (AP) - Swiss federal authorities searched house and seized documents Thursday following claims by state-owned defense contractor Ruag of possible criminal wrongdoing, reportedly in connection with allegations about shady business practices and bribery linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage.

The Swiss attorney general's office said only that it ...

Pelosi: GOP sped $1.3 trillion bill through to hide Democrats’ wins

GOP leaders broke their own rules and sped a vote on the $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday because they wanted to hide all the wins Democrats managed to score, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

She and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took a victory lap after the House ...

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging ...

At a Glance: Calls in US, UK to probe Facebook, data firm

Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. are bearing down on Facebook and political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections.

There have been numerous demands for investigations and calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ...

House OKs Huge Spending Bill, Next to Senate

The House has easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion measure handing huge spending increases to defense programs and domestic initiatives ranging from road-building to biomedical research.

The Latest: Govt: Militia members wanted to kill Muslims

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a Kansas mosque and apartment complex (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

A federal prosecutor says three militia members accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants were trying to ...

Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup is putting new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

Citigroup will require its clients and business customers not to sell a firearm to ...

Trump hits China with $60 billion in tariffs

President Trump signed an order Thursday that cracked down on China's unfair trade practices and theft of U.S. intellectual property with $60 billion in tariffs on high-tech imports.

The move stoked fears of a trade war with America's largest trading partner, but Mr. Trump insisted he was finally leveling the ...

House passes $1.3 trillion spending bill

The House passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday, kicking things over to the Senate as lawmakers race against an end-of-Friday deadline to stave off what could be the third partial government shutdown of 2018.

The House voted 256-167 to pass the measure, which funds the government through September, despite ...

Trump got ‘his priorities’ in spending bill, White House says

President Trump complained about the "waste" in the new spending bill, but his team said Thursday the $1.3 trillion measure is actually a significant win for his agenda.

"Is the president going to sign the bill? The answer is yes. Why? Because it funds his priorities," said Mick Mulvaney, ...

Trump Signs $50B Trade Action Against China

President Trump said he would impose about $50 billion worth of annual tariffs on China to punish Beijing for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

House intel ends probe, OKs report on Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to approve its final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, ending the panel's probe and giving a final endorsement to their conclusion that there was no coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

The Republican-written report will be ...

The Latest: Budget bill excludes money for Yucca nuke dump

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Congress and a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

1:17 p.m.

A budget bill passed by the House does not include money for work to develop and build a nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas.

President Donald Trump has proposed reviving a ...

GOP lawmakers heed Trump’s call to crack down on opioid dealers

Heeding President Trump's call to "get tough," congressional Republicans filed legislation Thursday that sets lengthy prison terms for fentanyl dealers, saying criminals must think twice before they peddle synthetic powders that could fit into a salt shaker and still kill thousands.

The bill says individuals caught selling as little as ...