investigations

WASHINGTON | Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Congress that investigations and legislation don’t mix. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi said such threats have no place in the House, as unbowed Democrats charged ahead Wednesday with plans to probe Trump’s tax returns, business and ties to Russia. The chairman of the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

BRUMADINHO, Brazil | The Latest: Company that inspected Brazil dam works on probe

BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Jan 28, 2019—The Latest on the mining waste dam collapse in Brazil (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A German company that last year inspected the dam in Brazil that collapsed Friday says it’s working with authorities investigating the deadly disaster in which at least 58 people died. TUEV Sued, based in Munich, confirmed Monday … Continue reading BRUMADINHO, Brazil | The Latest: Company that inspected Brazil dam works on probe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | 6 killed, 16 injured in Danish bridge train accident

COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Jan 02, 2019—A passenger train on a bridge linking central Denmark’s islands hit an “unknown object” early Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 16 others, Danish police said. The rail operator, Danish Railways, earlier told Denmark’s TV2 that the victims were passengers on a train going from the city of Odense, on the … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | 6 killed, 16 injured in Danish bridge train accident

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia says it has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its employees in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal involving state investment fund 1MDB. Attorney General Tommy Thomas said Monday that the charges stem from allegedly misleading statements aimed at misappropriating $2.7 billion in proceeds from the sale of three … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

NEW YORK | Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

NEW YORK — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington. Nixon, currently homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, will manage a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai and Washington, and work closely with colleagues … Continue reading NEW YORK | Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

WASHINGTON | Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Mexico gives top award to Kushner

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Argentina’s security minister is confirming that eight gasoline bombs were discovered in an area of the capital where a protest against the G-20 summit is expected later in the day. A police operation on Friday turned up the … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Mexico gives top award to Kushner

TIRANA, Albania | EU finishes probes that Kosovo judge calls biased

TIRANA, Albania — The European Union has wrapped up three investigations into a British judge who served with the bloc’s monitoring mission in Kosovo, but isn’t making public the conclusions of probes that the judge says were revenge after he spoke out against wrongdoing. An EU spokesperson confirmed Monday that a disciplinary board had finalized … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | EU finishes probes that Kosovo judge calls biased

JOHANNESBURG | South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

JOHANNESBURG— A Cabinet minister in South Africa is citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short. Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, on Monday told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why “no big figure” has ended … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he’s “100 percent confident” no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior’s inspector general, including one involving … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state. The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September giving utilities some relief beginning next year. The law made it easier … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Eagle Scout, aspiring lawyer, father killed in bar attack

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — One was a veteran police officer who didn’t hesitate to run toward danger. Another was an art student who worked with children at her church. Others were a Navy veteran, an a cappella singer who worked as a caregiver, and a security guard with a “big personality” who was known for … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Eagle Scout, aspiring lawyer, father killed in bar attack

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Officer killed in California bar shooting described as hero

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.  — Friends are remembering sheriff’s sergeant who was killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at a California bar as a “cop’s cop” who didn’t hesitate to run toward danger. Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus died of gunshot wounds he suffered trying to stop gunman Ian David Long, who authorities say … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Officer killed in California bar shooting described as hero

WASHINGTON | Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

WASHINGTON— The Democrats took back the House with a surge of fresh new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday, breaking the GOP’s monopoly on power in Washington and setting the stage for a multitude of investigations of President Donald Trump that could engulf his administration over the next two years. Ending eight years … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

WASHINGTON | Battle for the House tests Trump, GOP hold on Congress

WASHINGTON— The battle for the House is a fight to the finish, as Democrats try to flip the majority in a referendum on President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress. Midterm elections are typically difficult for the party in power, and GOP incumbents had been on defense in races across the country as control … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Battle for the House tests Trump, GOP hold on Congress

WASHINGTON | Trump presidency faces high stakes in midterm elections

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has been acting like a candidate on the ballot this week, staging daily double-header rallies and blasting out ads for Republicans up for election on Tuesday. Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be. A knot of investigations. Partisan gridlock. A warning shot for his re-election bid. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump presidency faces high stakes in midterm elections

CLEVELAND | MLB says Astros doing surveillance, not spying in dugouts

CLEVELAND — The Houston Astros didn’t cheat. They didn’t want to get cheated. That’s their story, and Major League Baseball agrees. Following an investigation into two incidents this postseason, MLB said that the defending World Series champions were conducting surveillance — not spying — when a credentialed Astros employee was pointing his cellphone into the … Continue reading CLEVELAND | MLB says Astros doing surveillance, not spying in dugouts

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | US opens criminal probe of Denmark’s top bank amid scandal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark— The United States government has opened a criminal investigation into the flow of dirty money through the Estonian branch of Denmark’s biggest bank, the lender said Thursday. Danske Bank says it is “in dialogue” with the U.S. Department of Justice, which had asked for information after an internal report at the bank detailed … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | US opens criminal probe of Denmark’s top bank amid scandal

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. | Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.  — For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That’s why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as the latest example of the ceaseless — and … Continue reading GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. | Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

WASHINGTON | High stakes as 2-month sprint to Election Day begins

WASHINGTON — Control of Congress and the future of Donald Trump’s presidency are on the line as the primary season closes this week, jump-starting a two-month sprint to Election Day that will test Democrats’ ability to harness opposition to Trump and determine whether the Republican president can get his supporters to the polls. For both … Continue reading WASHINGTON | High stakes as 2-month sprint to Election Day begins

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch police question suspect in stabbings of 2 Americans

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The U.S. State Department offered help Sunday to investigators in the Netherlands who are treating the stabbings of two American tourists at Amsterdam’s main railway station as a possible extremist attack. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. was “ready to assist Dutch authorities in their investigations as appropriate.” “Dutch … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch police question suspect in stabbings of 2 Americans

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump slams FBI’s Clinton email investigation

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is again criticizing the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and he’s suggesting that “at some point” he “may have to get involved!” Trump is asserting, without providing evidence, that the FBI failed to thoroughly review Clinton’s emails as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump slams FBI’s Clinton email investigation

WASHINGTON | Trump’s bad week: A growing list of allies turn against him

WASHINGTON  — On one of the worst days of his presidency, Donald Trump was chatting aboard Air Force One when the conversation took a detour into gallows humor. Trump was returning from a rally in West Virginia just hours after two former members of his inner circle were found or pleaded guilty, when one passenger … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s bad week: A growing list of allies turn against him

CAIRO | Thomas Cook takes its guests out of Egypt hotel after 2 died

CAIRO— Tour operator Thomas Cook is evacuating all of its customers from a hotel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Hurghada after two Britons died there this week under unclear circumstances. The move came after John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in northern England, died while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel. They were … Continue reading CAIRO | Thomas Cook takes its guests out of Egypt hotel after 2 died

NEW YORK | AP sources: Cohen pleading to bank, campaign finance fraud

NEW YORK— Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer and “fixer” who once said he would “take a bullet” for Donald Trump, struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty Tuesday to charges including campaign finance fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion, according to two people familiar with the plea bargain. It was not clear if the … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP sources: Cohen pleading to bank, campaign finance fraud

COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died. The board also voted to assume control of the commission formed to investigate the culture of the Maryland football program. The action was announced Friday … Continue reading COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

TAOS, N.M. | Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

TAOS, N.M.  — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. For a time, the newcomers appeared to adapt to life 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the nearest groceries in Amalia by … Continue reading TAOS, N.M. | Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  | New report highlights gov’t shortcomings in MH370 mystery

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — An independent investigation report released more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared is highlighting shortcomings in the government response that exacerbated the mystery. The report reiterated Malaysia’s assertion the plane was deliberately diverted and flown for over seven hours after severing communications. It said the cause of the … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  | New report highlights gov’t shortcomings in MH370 mystery

WASHINGTON  | Pentagon to take over security clearance checks

WASHINGTON  — The Defense Department is poised to take over background investigations for the federal government, using increased automation and high-tech analysis to tighten controls and tackle an enormous backlog of workers waiting for security clearances, according to U.S. officials . The change aims to fix a system whose weaknesses were exposed by the case … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Pentagon to take over security clearance checks