National GOP Reluctant To Weigh In On Trump’s Russia Swirl

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The…

Republicans Pick Charlotte to Host 2020 Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city. The GOP’s national committee selected North Carolina’s largest city over Las Vegas as hundreds of party activists gathered in Austin, Texas, for…

Newton’s ‘Principia’ Among Items in Alleged $8M Book Scheme

Pittsburgh, PA (AP) An archivist and an antique bookseller were charged Friday with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of rare books, illustrations, maps and photographs from a Pennsylvania library over a 20-year period, including Isaac Newton’s “Principia,” considered a watershed of science. In some cases, the archivist used an X-Acto knife to cut potentially valuable…