White House Says Trump Isn’t Considering Firing Mueller

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not considering firing the special counsel investigating Russian election interference, a top White House lawyer said, after a cascade of Trump tweets revived chatter that the deeply frustrated president may be preparing to get rid of the veteran prosecutor. The late-Sunday statement from White…

Death Penalty For Drug Traffickers Part Of Trump Opioid Plan

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday. It’s a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to be seen as tough on…

Bridge Collapse Victim’s Uncle Rages At ‘Incompetence’

By JENNIFER KAY and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in…

Flood Damage Assessments Start Monday In Three Illinois Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal and state officials are scheduled to conduct damage assessments in three Illinois counties after flooding damaged or destroyed more than 120 homes last month. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Friday that teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration would start…

Trump Lauds Firing Of Ex-Top FBI Official As ‘Great Day’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director who was a regular target of President Donald Trump’s anger and criticism, just two days before McCabe’s scheduled retirement date. McCabe suggested the move was part of the Trump administration’s “war on the…