Comey invited to speak at classified Senate Russia hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited former FBI Director James Comey to testify behind closed doors next week as the panel reviews a 2017 classified assessment that Russia had intervened in the presidential election.

The January 2017 review, done while President Barack Obama was still in office, ...

Jury convicts ex-Assembly leader in public corruption trial

NEW YORK (AP) - A jury convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges Friday, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid years in prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.

The verdict, which came on the ...

Louisiana lawmakers to study sexual harassment issues

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have created a study group to recommend ways to prevent sexual harassment in and around the Legislature.

Lawmakers will mainly comprise the 19-member Special Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment, along with members of their staff and lobbyists.

The task ...

Companies propose immigration detention centers for Midwest

Companies and local governments have proposed building new immigration detention centers in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, responding to a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials stepping up arrests in the center of the country.

The proposals, most by for-profit corrections contractors, were submitted to ICE after it put ...

NRA sues Gov. Cuomo over what it calls blacklisting campaign

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign to prevent firms from doing business with the gun owners' group.

The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court ...

White House grilled over aide’s mocking of McCain

The White House on Friday said special assistant Kelly Sadler has kept her job amid the controversy over her dismissive remarks about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been battling brain cancer.Press secretary S...

AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring of Trump attorney Cohen

NEW YORK (AP) - The chief lobbyist for AT&T is leaving the company after overseeing a $50,000-per-month contract for President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen to serve as a political consultant.

In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company made a "big mistake" in hiring Cohen ...

Pompeo: US hopes to have NKorea as ‘close partner’ not enemy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, noting that the U.S. has often in history become good friends with former adversaries.

Pompeo said he had told North Korean leader Kim Jong ...

White House slams Iran for spreading terror in Middle East

The White House on Friday called out Iran's special forces Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for spreading terror and political unrest though the Middle East, urging America's allies to help confront the regime in Tehran.

"Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pours resources into exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, ...