Texas Church Gunman Sent Hostile Text Messages Before Attack

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to have been driven by domestic tensions, authorities said Monday. A day after the deadliest mass shooting in state history, investigators also revealed…

President Trump’s Asia Trip Presents A Crucial International Test

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — On his most grueling and consequential trip abroad, President Donald Trump stands ready to exhort Asian allies and rivals on the need to counter the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear threat. The 12-day, five-country trip, the longest Far East itinerary for a president in a generation, comes…

President Trump Pushes DOJ On Clinton, Won’t Rule Out Firing Sessions

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is “disappointed” with the Justice Department and won’t rule out firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if Sessions won’t investigate Democrats. “Honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House on his 12-day trip to Asia. His…

Ex-Trump Campaign Official Withdraws Nomination For Ag Post

By KEN THOMAS and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination as the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist. Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign national co-chairman and chief policy adviser, wrote in a letter Thursday to President Donald…