Ethics panel opens investigation of Rep. Katie Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee Wednesday opened an investigation into Rep. Katie Hill after a conservative website published unsubstantiated accusations that she had an improper relationship with a staffer.

The bipartisan leadership of the Ethics panel announced the probe of the freshman California Democrat, noting "public allegations" that ...

MLB to look into umpire tweet referencing gun, Trump critics

HOUSTON (AP) - Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by umpire Rob Drake that referenced a rifle and criticism of President Donald Trump.

Drake posted this message to Twitter on Tuesday: "I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY ...

Former senior Australian intelligence official charged

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A former senior Australian intelligence official has appeared in a court charged with breaching secrecy laws over classified documents allegedly found at his home during an investigation into potential Chinese links to Australian politics.

Roger Uren appeared briefly in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court in ...

GOP stands by Trump, gingerly, after diplomat’s testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) - They pleaded ignorance, saying they'd not read the diplomat's damning statement. They condemned the Democrats' tactics as unfair. They complained the allegations against President Donald Trump rested on second- or third-hand evidence.

Wednesday was a day of careful counter-argument by congressional Republicans, the day after America's top ...

Elizabeth Warren bid to end Senate filibuster threatens to backfire on Democrats

If Sen. Elizabeth Warren got her way and the Senate filibuster were eliminated, it's likely Congress already would have gutted Obamacare, allocated billions more dollars to President Trump's border wall, and even erased the Massachusetts Democrat's own brainchild idea, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which grew out of the Wall ...

Donald Trump: Border wall being built in Colorado

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's boast of building part of the border wall in Colorado is garnering attention in the state, including from the state's governor, Democrat Jared Polis.

Trump was speaking Wednesday to an audience in Pennsylvania when he included Colorado in a list of states where the border ...

Republicans Storm Hearing, Protest Closed-Door Deposition

House Republicans stormed a closed-door hearing Wednesday to protest Democrats' impeachment inquiry process, breaking up the deposition of a top Defense Department official who was testifying about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

House passes election security bill cracking down on foreign influence

House Democrats passed an election security bill Wednesday, as their solution to shoring up 2020 protections in light of Russia's interference in 2016.

The bill passed on a party-line vote — 227-181.

"The 2020 federal elections are fast approaching," House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren said on the House floor. "Public ...

House Democrats pass election security bill amid impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved legislation to better protect the country's elections from foreign interference.

The 227-181 vote Wednesday marks the third major bill the Democratic-controlled chamber has passed this year addressing problems that arose in the 2016 presidential election.

The bill would require that candidates and political ...

Las Vegas police suspend federal immigration holds at jail

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police in Las Vegas are suspending a program that let jailers detain immigrants at the request of federal authorities even though Nevada doesn't have a law authorizing civil immigration arrests.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced the change Wednesday in what's known as the 287(g) program.

...

What’s new: GOP storms closed-door deposition, causing delay

WASHINGTON (AP) - For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

A quick summary of ...

ICE withdraws big fines for immigrants living in churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reversing course months after threatening six-figure fines against immigrants taking sanctuary at churches.

Seven women have been notified that ICE, using its discretion, is withdrawing its intent to pursue fines ranging from $300,000 and $500,000 for their refusal to leave ...

Iraqi man’s request for release dismissed as removal looms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Iraqi man's petition to be released from immigration custody has been dismissed after his order for deportation became final this summer.

Thirty-five-year-old Farass Adnan Ali has been in immigration detention for more than two years. In July, U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled that the lengthy ...

U.S. Army counters China threat with Strategic Long-Range Cannon

The Army is thinking big — really big — in its quest to maintain military dominance over global adversaries.

Army officials say they are putting more emphasis on research into a "game changing" cannon with an unprecedented range, one that could prove crucial in a conflict with a potential adversary ...

Ex-Arizona sheriff doesn’t want conviction raised the future

PHOENIX (AP) - An attorney for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio urged an appeals court Wednesday to erase the lawman's now-pardoned criminal conviction so it can't be raised against him in any future court cases.

The former six-term sheriff from metro Phoenix is appealing a ruling that refused to expunge his ...