Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3T U.S. spending bill

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, the U.S. Capitol in the early morning in Washington. Top-level Capitol Hill talks on a massive $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration issues, abortion-related controversies, and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.

Trump-linked data analysis firm taps 50M Facebook profiles

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling Facebook it had deleted the information. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the U.S. electorate, newspapers reported Saturday.

Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2016 photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office shows Gavin Wright. Wright is one of three members of a militia group are set to stand trial on charges alleging they were plotting to bomb a mosque and a southwestern Kansas apartment complex IN 2016 where Somali refugees live. Wright, Eugene Stein. and Curtis Allen have pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Their trial is scheduled to start Tuesday, March 20, 2017 in Wichita. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Months before the 2016 general election, members of a Kansas militia group that prosecutors say came to be known as the “the Crusaders” met in an office to pick the targets of bombings that they hoped would inspire a wave of attacks on Muslims throughout the U.S.

Russia votes as Vladimir Putin eyes 4th presidential term

People cast their ballots at a polling station in Yelizovo, about 30 kilometers ( 19 miles) north-east from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of Kamchatka Peninsula region, Russian Far East, Russia, on Sunday, March. 18, 2018. Polls have opened in Russia's Far East for the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin seeks a 4th term. (AP Photo/Alexander Petpov)

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election Sunday isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term — and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to do so.

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

This photo shows a complete copy of a letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis that the Vatican released Saturday, March 17, 2018, after coming under blistering criticism for previously selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it. The previously hidden part of the letter, the Vatican blurred the final two lines of the letter's first page, provides the real explanation why Benedict refused to provide commentary on a new Vatican-published compilation of books about Francis' theological and philosophical background that was released to mark his fifth anniversary as pope. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Stung by accusations of spreading “fake news,” the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

Russia expels 23 UK envoys, blames others for spy poisoning

British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, arrives for a meeting at the Russian foreign ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Russia's Foreign Ministry has summoned Bristow for talks in a heightening dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia is expected to announce the expulsion of some British diplomats in a retaliatory measure. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Saturday it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

600,000 clay figures to remember carnage in WWI

A volunteer places clay figures in a field that was once a no man's land between the German and British lines of the First World War in Ypres, Belgium on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. 600,000 clay figures, each one representing a civilian or military death in the First World War, will fill the field for an exhibition of remembrance beginning in the Spring. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — A special remembrance installation of 600,000 crouching clay figures is opening to the public soon in Ypres, Belgium, seeking to help visitors from around the world reflect on what happened during World War I a century ago.

Malaysia’s leader says Rohingya not just a Myanmar issue

Members of the Rohingya community gather in Hyde park to protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Australia is hosting leaders from the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the 3-day special summit. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the displacement of Rohingya Muslims was no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, as Southeast Asian nations signed a counterterrorism cooperation agreement at a regional leaders’ conference.

Widespread action on gun control in the states unlikely

In this March 13 photo, several gun-rights activists wearing blaze orange hunting vests visit the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., where bills are under consideration to place restrictions on gun ownership. A nationwide review of state legislation by The Associated Press suggests the Florida high school shooting may not lead to the sea change in firearms policy that gun-control advocates had desired. People on both sides of the debate are watching developments in gun-friendly Vermont, where Republican Gov. Phil Scott abandoned his stance against gun control after police arrested an 18-year-old man allegedly plotting a mass shooting at a high school. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The campaign for tighter gun laws that inspired unprecedented student walkouts across the country faces an uphill climb in a majority of states, an Associated Press review of gun legislation found.

Congress demands Pentagon, DOJ investigate child sex assault

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany, stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, senior members of Congress called for investigations and a hearing following an Associated Press report that details how the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they sexually assault each other on base. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem.



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