Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe. Mueller’s investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP

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California’s housing crunch turns liberals against one another

BERKELEY, Calif. — A median-priced one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rents for nearly $3,300 a month. In the Silicon Valley community of San Mateo, the median home will set you back almost $1.4 million. Even in semi-rural Petaluma in Sonoma County, at least an hour drive from the city, rent for a one-bedroom can reach $2,000 and more. To afford a place to live in the Bay Area, stressed workers and students are moving farther and farther out, commuting for hours a

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Therapy dogs and armed guards: Parkland students return to school

PARKLAND, Fla. — As Marjory Stoneman Douglas students entered their classes for the first time in two weeks, a golden retriever in a purple vest named Lola offered wet kisses and cuddles. Students took out their phones to send videos of Lola to their friends on Snapchat. «Therapy dogs,» one wrote over a video of several students petting the panting animal, adding two emojis with hearts for eyes.

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Trump attacks Sessions over Russian probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as «disgraceful» his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia probe. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump associate. This is in response to

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Armed teacher in custody after shots fired at Georgia high school

An armed teacher was in custody Wednesday afternoon after state and federal police in northwest Georgia responded to reports of shots fired at a high school. No students at Dalton High School were hurt or remained in danger after they were evacuated as the crisis unfolded, Dalton police tweeted. The teacher initially barricaded himself in an empty classroom at about 11:30 a.m. ET as confused students tried to get in, Dalton police spokesman

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GOP lawmaker suggests armed Jews could have stopped Nazis

WASHINGTON — Jewish people would have been able to fend off the Nazis if not for gun-control laws imposed by the Third Reich, Rep. Don Young, a Republican from Alaska, argued last week. «How many millions were shot and killed because they were unarmed?» Young asked at an event in Juneau, Alaska, before answering his own question. «Fifty million in Russia because their citizens were unarmed. How many Jews were put into the ovens because they were unarmed?» Young’s words, offered in response to a question about guns in the…

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College student allegedly threatens to kill high schoolers on Snapchat

A college student in Connecticut threatened to find and kill several high school students after an argument with them on Snapchat, police said. Nicholas Graham, a 23-year-old student at Southern Connecticut State University, was arrested late Tuesday by Fairfield police after parents spotted the concerning posts and notified authorities, police said early Wednesday. Graham, of Southport, made the threats after getting into an argument on Snapchat with students at Fairfield Ludlowe High

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Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles

Following the mass shooting at a Florida high school, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods stores announced Wednesday that it will enact tougher gun sale restrictions — including no longer selling assault-style rifles. Saying «thoughts and prayers are not enough,» Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack announced several gun sale restrictions at its over 600 nationwide chains. The chain will stop selling assault-style rifles, end the

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Ex-stylist of Ryan Seacrest endured sexual misconduct, co-worker says

The ex-stylist of Ryan Seacrest who claims she endured years of unwanted sexual misconduct was put in physically inappropriate situations on multiple occasions, according to a former co-worker who said he witnessed the alleged harassment. «She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch,» the former co-worker told Kate Snow by phone. The TV exclusive aired on «Today» Wednesday. «I saw that more than once,» he added.

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Democrats’ war plan: Target 50 million voters

WASHINGTON — Looking to harness anti-Trump enthusiasm in what could be a banner year for Democrats, the Democratic National Committee will announce Wednesday that it’s planning to contact 50 million voters before the November elections. The DNC, which has struggled financially and faced doubts about its relevance, will focus its 2018 organizing plans for the midterms around partnerships with a wide range of groups aimed at boosting turnout among Democratic-leaning

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