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A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House.
The 500-page report, which was more than a year in the making, offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, criticizing the FBI and its former director James Comey personally but not finding evidence that political bias tainted the investigation in the months and days leading up to Trump's election.
But Trump wielded it as a blunt instrument on Friday, bludgeoning the integrity of the Justice Department by pointing to the politically-charged communication among FBI employees as proof that the FBI was biased "at the top level" and "plotting against my election."
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
The order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson adds to the already intense pressure on President Donald Trump's former top campaign aide in the special counsel's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign and the possible coordination with Trump aides.
Manafort, who is 69, now loses the relative freedom he enjoyed while preparing for two criminal trials, and he faces the possibility, if tried and convicted, of spending the rest of his life in prison.
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A mural of constellations in the night sky adorned a third-floor ceiling at DeWitt Clinton High School for more than 75 years, one of thousands of artworks in New York City and around the country supported by New Deal programs to employ artists and beautify public spaces.
But Scorpio, Taurus and the rest are now hidden under bright blue paint, slathered on during a repair project, and preservationists say the painting-over of the mural "Constellations" by German-born artist Alfred Floegel was a travesty.
"That was an amazing act of vandalism that they had no right to do," said Gray Brechin, the founder of a project called the Living New Deal that catalogs public works funded by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration.
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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 933 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past two days.
The service said Saturday that it pulled the migrants from a total of 68 different smuggling boats that its rescue craft intercepted throughout Friday and Saturday morning after they departed from African shores.
The spike in arrivals comes as Spain prepares to receive another 630 migrants after Italy and Malta refused to let the aid boat Aquarius land in their ports last Saturday. The Aquarius and two Italian ships carrying the migrants are expected to arrive at Spain's eastern port of Valencia on Sunday.
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Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured Saturday when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow.
Russian police said the driver in the crash has been detained and Moscow's traffic monitoring agency said the driver claimed the crash wasn't premeditated.
Video circulated on Russian social media and some news websites showed the taxi approaching a stopped line of cars, then veering onto the sidewalk and striking pedestrians. It then hit a traffic sign and bystanders tried to wrestle the driver out of the taxi, but he broke their grip and ran away; it was not clear how he was finally detained.
Some soccer fans will follow their teams anywhere to see them play in the World Cup.
A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave opponents of its decision until July 2 to file objections.
The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined that they have six months or less to live.
President Donald Trump opined on a wide array of subjects Friday, claiming former FBI Director James Comey took part in criminal activities, admiring the way North Koreans pay attention to their dictator and inaccurately blaming Democrats for his administration's new policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
The remarks came in a remarkable, impromptu interview with Fox News Friday morning followed by a frenzied press scrum outside the White House. Trump's back-and-forth also ranged from the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigations to his relationships with the news and foreign leaders, with comments that were often inaccurate or highly misleading.
Trump said the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe released Thursday shows the FBI was biased against him "at the top level" and was "plotting against my election."
President Donald Trump credits his accord with North Korea's Kim Jong Un with saving tens of millions of people from nuclear war. Now he just has to get everyone else on board.
Frustrated with lukewarm backing from congressional Republicans, criticism from Democratic opponents and skepticism from allies and the media, Trump made a stop Friday on the North Lawn of the White House to promote the nuclear deal that critics have criticized as vague and lacking in clear objectives.
The surprise appearance on "Fox & Friends," followed by a combative round of questions with reporters, came two days after Trump returned from Singapore expecting a hero's welcome and tweeting that the world could "sleep well." Trump — who has long pitched himself as a master dealmaker — feels the agreement represents a radical step toward solving an intractable foreign policy problem and has been publicly and privately grumbling that not everyone agrees.
A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and shot them.
Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the shooting on Friday. Officer Patrick Rohrer, 35, died earlier. Both were parents, authorities said.
The inmate was also shot during the confrontation in a gated area near the Wyandotte County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital. He was in stable condition. Investigators said the inmate may have grabbed a weapon from one of the deputies during a struggle after he got out of a van late Friday morning.
President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused.
The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican bills: a hard-right proposal and a middle-ground plan negotiated by the party's conservative and moderate wings, with White House input.
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Nike Inc. apologized after the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland said the similarities between a logo for a clothing line and the academy's historic seal are undeniable.
Nike said in a statement Friday that they don't feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection.
The Washington Post reports the logo is a collaboration between Nike and Undefeated, a Los Angeles sportswear line. The logo and the crest both depict a shield flanked by columns. The Undefeated's shield has tally marks while the academy's has an approaching ship.
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"The economy," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, "is doing very well."
And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960's. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for homes is strong. Household wealth is up.
Yet the numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don't reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into an economic expansion.
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President Donald Trump is distancing himself from Michael Cohen amid an FBI investigation into his longtime personal lawyer's business dealings.
"I've always liked Michael. I haven't spoken to Michael in a long time," Trump said to reporters at the White House on Friday. Asked if Cohen, long among Trump's most trusted fixers, was still his attorney, the president said no.
"No he's not my lawyer anymore. But I've always liked Michael. And I think he's a good person," he said.
His comments came on a day when it became clear that a review of materials seized in raids on Cohen's home and office in April won't significantly slow a criminal investigation of his business dealings. The review is to determine which materials should be withheld from prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.
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Christian leaders are condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions for quoting the Bible to justify separating families at the border, saying he misinterpreted scripture.
Sessions pointed to a passage from the New Testament during a speech Thursday to argue that all people who break the law are subject to prosecution.
"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order," he told law enforcement officers in Louisiana.