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Congressional probe into possibe Trump campaign contacts with Russia takes partisan turn

The head of a congressional committee investigating contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia said on Monday the panel had not seen evidence of inappropriate communications, prompting the panel’s top Democrat to insist it was too early to make such a determination.

No AT&T-Time Warner merger review expected

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission does not expect to review AT&T Inc’s planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc , a spokesman for the agency said Monday.
Wilbur Ross is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower on Dec. 15, 2016 in New York.

Trump’s trade czar Ross easily wins Senate confirmation

The billionaire investor was easily confirmed with a 72-27 vote in the Senate Monday evening.

Trump seeks ‘historic’ U.S. military spending boost, domestic cuts

Trump will ask Congress to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending.

Buffett’s Berkshire more than doubled its stake in Apple

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had more than doubled its stake in Apple Inc. since the end of 2016, making it one of Berkshire’s biggest equity holdings, and that U.S. stocks overall were not in “bubble territory.”

Ward Chamberlin Jr., a founding father of public broadcasting, dies at 95

Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., a public broadcasting mandarin who helped set up the network in its infancy, personally led major stations in New York and Washington, and played a critical role in kick-starting the career of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, died Feb. 23 at a retirement community in Bedford, Massachusetts. He was 95.

U.S. Jewish centers report another wave of hoax bomb threats

About 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia have been knocked over, police said on Sunday, in the latest apparent vandalism incident at a Jewish burial ground in the United States.

Key lawmaker questions Senate Russia probe after Trump contacts

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat warned the panel’s chairman over reports that the Republican worked with the White House to try to suppress negative stories about Russian interference in last year’s elections, calling it a threat to the integrity of the top congressional probe into the issue.

Joseph Wapner, folksy ‘People’s Court’ judge, dies at 97

Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show “The People’s Court” helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

Horace Parlan, jazz pianist who overcame disability, dies at 86

Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who overcame limited use of his right hand to develop a distinctive punchy style that made him a stalwart of the hard-bop movement of the 1950s and 1960s and a notable collaborator with such stars as Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon, died Feb. 23 at a nursing home in Naestved, Denmark. He was 86.

White House does not rule out Sessions recusal on Russia probes

The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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