Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

Four months after a handful of states agreed to a structure for a deal, it’s proving to be a tough sell to their counterparts across the country.

Bloomberg says 3 women can be released from nondisclosure agreements

US, Taliban agree to terms for peace deal, troop withdrawal

  Democrats try to blunt strong California showing for Sanders

Trump savoring scrambled Dem race, Bloomberg’s debate debut

  Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

  Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals at Democrats’ Nevada debate

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Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation’s top intel official

Democrats won’t commit to same-day release of Nevada results

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

  Blagojevich praises Trump from Chicago home after release

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

  Lawmakers consider bill to stop lunch shaming, help indebted families in Conn.

Most of the kids whose accounts fall into the red are working poor families who don’t qualify for a free and reduced meal subsidy because they are right on the edge of income thresholds.

  Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

The Sanders campaign believes a recount could make a difference in the outcome, as the results show Sanders and Buttigieg in an effective tie.

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases.

  Volunteers warn of likely problems during Nevada caucus

It's not just the outcome of Saturday’s Nevada caucus that's in doubt but whether Nevada Democrats can pull it off.

  Bloomberg to go face to face against rivals after ad blitz

Later bedtime linked with obesity for children under 6, study finds

  Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

  Trump pardons Edward DeBartolo Jr., former San Francisco 49ers owner

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

  Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

  Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visit

Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight.

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Some observers worry that this year’s census carries the same potential for mayhem as last month’s Iowa caucuses, except on an infinitely larger scale.

  Diversity test: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

Democratic presidential candidates in the still-crowded 2020 field are facing their first test in the racially diverse state of Nevada with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

  US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

The official said Friday the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces.

  Rep. Jim Jordan accused of telling OSU wrestler’s brother to deny abuse claims

Jordan, a former assistant coach of the team for eight years, is accused of knowing about the abuse athletes suffered at the hands of a former team doctor and turning a blind eye.

Michelle Obama will have second California school named after her

The West Contra Costa Unified School District board in northern California has voted to rename one of its elementary schools after the former first lady.

  2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

They are accusing their billionaire rival of trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality.

Barr: Trump tweets on cases make it ‘impossible’ to do job

Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it.

Senate acts to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran

The Senate has approved a bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

Hope Hicks will be serving as counselor to the president, working with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

John Kelly rebukes Trump on Ukraine, defends ousted impeachment witness

John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, publicly criticized Trump on Ukraine, North Korea and immigration policy, among other topics.

With impeachment over, critics see Trump ‘retribution tour’

President Trump is pushing his Justice Department to ease up on friends while exacting payback on real and perceived foes.

Judge allows teen held by ICE to post bond in Ill.

She and her father were taken into custody in October for allegedly missing an immigration court date. She's been detained downstate all alone.

Former Md. officer jailed for ordering K-9 to bite suspect seeks pardon from Trump

Even after serving her time, the former officer says she continues to be punished. She hopes Trump hears her story and rights what she has always viewed as a wrong.

  After Iowa, NH, Democrats seek path through diverse states

The Vermont senator is benefiting from a crowded and fractured primary field, with several moderate candidates dividing up the rest of the vote.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

Chairman Troy Price announced his resignation Wednesday, saying Iowa Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night.

  Barr agrees to testify to House amid Roger Stone sentencing dispute

The resignations raise questions over whether President Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing

A Florida jury has found a 56-year-old Chinese woman not guilty of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s part-time residence in Palm Beach.

  Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

Patrick was the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity.

Sessions, Tuberville neck and neck in new Senate poll

The pollsters also asked voters how Byrne, Sessions and Tuberville would do in a match-up against incumbent Doug Jones

  Trump wants Pentagon to review conduct of impeachment witness

President Donald Trump is suggesting that the Pentagon review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats’ impeachment case.

  Sanders narrowly edges out Buttigieg in New Hampshire, cements Dem front-runners

In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenger from the 38-year-old former Midwestern mayor.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

  Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

Democrat Andrew Yang is suspending his 2020 bid for president.

  Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

A Justice Department official tells the Associated Press that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone.

In 2015 audio, Bloomberg advocates targeting minorities

The businessman and former New York mayor made the comments in defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Judge clears major hurdle in T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint bid

After the deal closes, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three.

  How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his top backers are downplaying expectations on the eve of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

  Buttigieg, Sanders campaigns request Iowa caucus recanvass

In its Monday filing, the campaign cited “mathematical errors and inconsistencies” in more than two dozen caucus locations that it says would change the results if amended.

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan was released Monday. It promises the government’s deficit will crest above $1 trillion only for the current budget year before steadily decreasing to more manageable levels.

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Iranian state television says the country’s space program has failed to launch into orbit a satellite.

Graham: DOJ has process to review Giuliani’s Ukraine info

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has established a way to review information gathered in Ukraine by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has targeted Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

Driver plows through GOP voter registration tent in Florida; suspect arrested

Detectives say they do not know if the suspect’s motivation was political in nature. However, the Duval County GOP believes its members were "intentionally targeted."

  New Hampshire debate: Democrats clash over electability in struggle to oust Trump

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg enter the night as the top targets, having emerged from Iowa essentially tied for the lead.

AP FACT CHECK: Examining claims from the Democratic debate

Seven Democratic presidential candidates sparred Friday night in a wide-ranging debate held in the pivotal days before the New Hampshire primary.

  Impeachment witnesses Sondland, Vindman fired

Trump wouldn’t confirm that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was being forced out but said, “I’m not happy with him."

AP FACT CHECK: Ripping up copy of Trump’s speech not illegal

Legal experts say no laws were broken. They said it was not an original government document, but Pelosi's copy of the speech.

  Trump’s ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said during an event at a maritime center in Norfolk, Virginia, that the U.S. needs a leader who has integrity and is “steady at the wheel.”

Venezuela rounds up US oil executives as Guaidó visits DC

Alirio Zambrano said early Thursday that his two sons and four other executives of Houston-based CITGO were abruptly taken from their homes Wednesday night by the SEBIN intelligence police.

US employers add 225,000 jobs, unemployment rises to 3.6%

U.S. employers added 225,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.6% as Americans flooded the job market.

  Republican Joe Walsh suspends presidential campaign

Republican Joe Walsh announced on Twitter Friday morning he is suspending his GOP presidential challenge to President Donald Trump, saying in part “our fight against the Cult of Trump is just getting started.”

  DNC calls for a ‘recanvass’ of Iowa results after delays

Technical problems and delays have marred the first contest on the 2020 election calendar.

Trump says U.S. operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

President Donald Trump says the U.S. has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaida leader.

  After acquittal, Trump unleashes fury at impeachment

President Donald Trump triumphantly held up copies of two newspapers with banner “ACQUITTED!” headlines as he took the stage at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Homeland Security suspends travel programs for New Yorkers over new driver’s license law

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in its “trusted traveler” programs because of a new state law that blocked federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.

China cuts tariffs on $75B of US imports in trade truce

Both sides have announced conciliatory steps since agreeing in October to a “Phase 1” deal under which Washington canceled planned additional tariff hikes and Beijing committed to buying more U.S. farm exports.

  Buttigieg, Sanders nearly tied as Iowa caucus results narrow

The chaos surrounding the reporting breakdown has undermined the impact of Iowa’s election, which typically rewards winners with a surge of momentum heading into subsequent primary contests.

  Not guilty: Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

There is not expected to be anywhere near the two-thirds vote necessary in the Republican-held Senate to convict and remove the president from office.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones will vote in favor of removing President Trump

The full senate vote on the President’s impeachment is expected at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

US trade deficit drops 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

The group says a majority of those deportees were killed within a year and some within days of returning to a country with the highest homicide rate in the Western Hemisphere.

  Buttigieg, Sanders lead in Iowa caucus results with 71% of precincts reporting

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a slight lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar trail behind.

  State of the Union: Trump campaigns, boasts of economic gains; Pelosi rips up speech

Against a sharply partisan backdrop, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared the nation was “stronger than ever before."

Medicare could save billions negotiating insulin cost, study says

It shows that using price formulary and negotiations could have shaved about $4.4 billion from Medicare's estimated $7.8 billion spending on insulin.

  Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

McConnell announced Tuesday he will vote to acquit Trump.

  Democratic caucus results in Iowa delayed indefinitely due to ‘quality checks’

Problems with a mobile app appear to have forced the delay, as the campaigns, voters and the media pressed party officials for an explanation — and got few answers.