Silicon Valley sees D.C. comprehension gulf after Zuckerberg grilling

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's marathon two-day command performance before two congressional panels has been met with a wave of worry from the tech industry that Washington does not understand the world of social media well enough to regulate it.

While many Silicon Valley executives and tech publications felt the 33-year-old ...

In concession to ethanol industry, Trump says he backs E15 gasoline year-round

President Trump on Thursday said the administration will approve year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol — a major policy shift for the federal government that indicates the White House is looking to strike a deal between the biofuels industry and its critics.

Mr. Trump made the declaration in ...

House panel to grill opioid distributors in May

Republican leaders announced Thursday they will haul executives from top opioid distributors before Congress to testify about their alleged roles in "pill dumping" in West Virginia — a state reeling from the addiction crisis.

The Energy and Commerce Committee said witnesses from the companies will appear May 8 for what ...

Ex-Texas congressman convicted of fraud, conspiracy

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal jury convicted a former Texas congressman of fraud and conspiracy on Thursday for misusing charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses.

Steve Stockman, a Republican, was accused of conspiring with two staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was ...

Red flag laws may prevent more suicides than mass shootings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Before her brother took his own life, Mary Miller-Strobel said she and her father begged every store in town that sold firearms to turn him away.

"'If he comes, call me,'" Miller-Strobel said her dad pleaded while waving her brother's picture at store managers in Charlotte, ...

Grassley blames Feinstein for delaying bill to protect Mueller

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Thursday Democrats are delaying a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller in the event that President Trump moved to fire him.

Mr. Grassley said he had wanted to put the bill, introduced this week, on the agenda Thursday, which would set ...

NOT REAL NEWS: No gun law exemption for California lawmakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A widely shared story falsely claimed California lawmakers exempted themselves from the state's gun laws.

Joe for America is among the sites that have shared the story as far back as 2016, although recent versions circulated again in recent days.

The site reported that the California ...

Tom Cotton: Mike Pompeo should receive enough votes to be confirmed

Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday that he doesn't see a reason why Democrats wouldn't support Mike Pompeo's nomination to the secretary of state job.

"He earned 15 Democratic votes to be CIA director just last year. I see no reason why all 15 of those Democrats wouldn't want to vote ...

John Bolton meets with counterparts from South Korea, Japan over North Korea talks

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton held separate meetings Thursday with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan in preparation for talks with North Korea.

Mr. Bolton met with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of South Korea and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of ...

Suspended Oregon judge requests change of venue for trial

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon judge who was suspended after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws has requested to move court proceedings out of the county where he presided.

The Statesman Journal reports attorneys for Vance Day filed a motion Friday to ...

Trump softens tone on Mueller

President Trump on Thursday attempted to tamp down speculation that he was preparing to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, saying he had "full confidence" in his legal team's dealings with the probe.

"I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike ...

House approves letting farmers carry loaded rifles in fields

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Farmers would be allowed to carry loaded rifles across their fields under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.

The bill seeks to modify a current law that prohibits the carrying of loaded rifles or shotguns in motor vehicles, snowmobiles or aircraft. The bill passed ...

Singer won’t sing anthem for Reno team because of gun ban

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada woman has declined a spot to sing the national anthem before a Reno Aces baseball game this summer because the team won't let her bring her gun.

Singer Alishia Wolcott told The Reno Gazette Journal that she received her concealed weapons permit earlier this ...

Donald Trump to make decision on Syria attack ‘fairly soon’

President Trump said he'll meet with his national security team Thursday to review military options against Syria and said he expects a decision "fairly soon."

"We're looking very seriously at that situation," Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. "It's too bad, the world puts us in a position ...

The Latest: Pompeo doesn’t expect deal with NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo says "no one is under any illusions" that a planned U.S.-North Korea summit can achieve a comprehensive agreement on the ...

Rick Waddell, another national security official, quits the White House

Deputy National Security Adviser Rick Waddell is leaving the White House, the fourth national security official to call it quits since John Bolton took over running the national security team.

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters announced Thursday that Mr. Waddell planned to step down.

"He will stay on ...