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June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Watchdog report rebukes Comey for Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The report released Thursday calls former FBI Director James Comey "insubordinate" and says his actions were "extraordinary."

But the report, by the department's watchdog, does not find evidence that Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions.

The report criticizes Comey for publicly announcing his recommendation against criminal charges for Clinton. It also faults him for alerting Congress days before the 2016 election that the investigation was being reopened because of newly discovered emails.

President Donald Trump has been eager for the report in hopes that it would vindicate his decision to fire Comey and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.



Trump nearing decision on tough China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on a decision to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early as Friday.

It's a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Trump has vowed to fulfill his campaign pledge to clamp down on what he considers unfair Chinese trading practices.

But his calls for about $50 billion in tariffs could complicate his efforts to maintain China's support in his negotiations with North Korea.

If the president presses forward, it could set the stage for more trade actions against China and lead to retaliation from Beijing.

Trump has already slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and European allies.


The Latest: White House slams suit over Trump's foundation

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House is blasting a lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general against President Donald Trump and his foundation, suggesting that is politically motivated.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Attorney General Barbara Underwood was "outrageously biased." Sanders also blasted Underwood's predecessor — Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last month — for being a longtime Trump antagonist.

Sanders said the alleged bias was "problematic."

Underwood and Schneiderman are Democrats. Trump is a Republican.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump and his adult children used the charity's money to settle disputes in his business empire and promote his political fortunes during his run for the White House.

The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution, additional unspecified penalties and the foundation's dissolution. Trump had already pledged to dismantle it.


White House: Trump salute to NK general 'a common courtesy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending President Donald Trump's decision to return a military salute to a North Korean three-star general.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that "It's a common courtesy when a military official from another government salutes, that you return that."

North Korean state media released video of Trump reaching out to shake the hand of the minister of the People's Armed Forces, who instead saluted during the summit in Singapore. The two then reversed gestures, with Trump saluting and the general reaching out to shake hands. The two eventually shook hands.

The awkward moment raised some eyebrows because the U.S. and North Korea technically are still at war despite Trump's summit this week with Kim Jong Un.


Trump's halt of 'war games' in Korea could weaken defenses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to suspend major U.S. military exercises in South Korea could weaken allied defenses, depending on the length and scope of the hiatus.

But the potential damage seems even greater in the diplomatic arena, given Trump's failure to consult allies on this in advance.

Analysts with experience in U.S.-Asia policy were shaken by Trump's characterization of the military drills as provocations and "war games." Those are terms the North Koreans have used for years to argue that the U.S. is a hostile nation and to justify its development of nuclear missiles and long-range missiles.

The Pentagon still has not explained publicly which specific military exercises will be postponed or canceled.


The Latest: Saudis say 2 ships with food to dock at Hodeida

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador says there are two ships, each carrying 5,000 tons of food, ready to dock immediately at the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is the target of the Saudi-led coalition's offensive to oust Houthi rebels.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the ships — from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — are part of coalition efforts "toward ensuring abundant humanitarian supplies" to Hodeida during the offensive.

"Our desire in Hodeida is not to infuriate the Houthis or to kill as many of them as we possibly can," he told a group of U.N. reporters in New York on Thursday. "To the contrary, we have allowed them safe passage to the north of the city if they want to drop their arms and leave."

Al-Mouallimi also challenged reports calling Hodeida "a lifeline to Yemen for humanitarian aid."

He said "that is a matter of choice, not a matter of necessity," stressing that there are nine ports in Yemen and two others in Saudi Arabia that can reach the Yemeni people.

"It's decision of those who import aid," Al-Mouallimi said.

He said the coalition wants Hodeida to remain open, and plans to ship aid there because the infrastructure is there.


Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study says lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us.

Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. The latest research found even activities like hiking and camping can scare animals and drive them to become more active at night.

Researchers led by University of California, Berkeley, analyzed 76 studies involving 62 species in six continents. Animals included lions in Tanzania, otters in Brazil, coyotes in California, wild boars in Poland and tigers in Nepal.

They found fear of humans has caused many species to increase their nighttime activity by about 20 percent.

Results were published Thursday in the journal Science.


The Latest: Musk says O'Hare express line could open in 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk says a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport in about 12 minutes could be operational in about three years.

Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. They say the electric vehicles will move through underground tunnels at speeds of up to 150 mph (240 kph).

Emanuel says the service will make Chicago more competitive.

He scoffed at people who doubt the still-unproven technology or the city's ability to achieve what's been a goal at City Hall for more than a decade.

Musk, who's CEO of electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, noted he's successfully completed other "pretty tricky" projects.


Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that exploited the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations.

The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple's iOS software, which powers iPhones.

Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour after a phone is locked.

Apple says it respects the jobs of law enforcement officials, but believes it must protect its customers from "hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data."


AP Investigation: Sustainable seafood dealer sold fishy tale

MONTAUK, New York (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S.

Reporters traced the supply chain of New York-based Sea To Table to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.

Other seafood promoted as "just landed" at one dock was actually trucked in from other states.

Sea To Table's CEO says his intention was never to mislead customers, but he will take steps to avoid confusion.

He says he strictly prohibits imports and is temporarily suspending business with two suppliers to investigate.

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