WASHINGTON - Top U.S. intelligence officials refused at a Senate hearing on Wednesday to discuss whether President Donald Trump had pressured them to intervene in an FBI probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Both National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee they believed their conversations with the president were confidential.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he plans to nominate Christopher Wray, a former U.S. assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush now in private practice, to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow," Trump said in a statement on Twitter.
LONDON - Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said. Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one man, who appeared wounded, on the floor.
General Electric Co. said Monday that the European Union's competition watchdog is investigating whether the industrial conglomerate provided misleading information during a merger review. The international electricity conglomerate that purchased LM Wind Power said it was notified the European Commission had opened proceedings "to evaluate possible infringements by the company in their submissions regarding the LM WindPower transaction," GE said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Mexican governments reached a new agreement to significantly shift their sugar trade mix, but U.S. sugar producers have failed to endorse the deal, leaving question marks over whether it could still sour broader trade relations.
PARIS - French police shot and wounded a man who attacked officers with a hammer outside the Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday and the Paris prosecutor's office swiftly launched a counter-terrorism investigation. Armed police cordoned off the site and the cathedral in central Paris that is visited by millions of tourists every year was locked down during the incident.
A U.S. judge on Monday, June 5, dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL by the family of former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, while admonishing the league to do a better job taking care of its players' health. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman in Chicago said Len and Joanne Boogaard lacked authority to sue because they were not named trustees for their son's estate within three years of his May 2011 death at age 28, as applicable Minnesota law required.
SYDNEY - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States and its allies would continue to fight against Islamist extremists and would not be scared by attacks against the West by the Islamic State group. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain must be tougher in stamping out Islamist extremism after attackers killed at least seven people by ramming a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing revelers in nearby bars.
HOBBS, New Mexico - Amid the frenetic activity of American shale oilfields recovering from a two-year recession sit a handful of oil towns that seemed impervious as many producers went into bankruptcy and the economy around them sank. Occidental Petroleum Corp and a few other oil producers with wells near this town on New Mexico's border with Texas steadily pumped low-cost oil through the downturn, using a technique that has been heralded worldwide as a way to reduce carbon emissions and boost oil output.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Riot police turned out in force in downtown Portland on Sunday to maintain order as supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump faced off in dueling political rallies, a week after racially charged killings that shook Oregon's largest city. The Trump Free Speech Rally drew hundreds of demonstrators to a public square near City Hall, where a far larger throng of counter-protesters and onlookers massed on three sides of the park in a heated encounter that grew tense at times but remained mostly peaceful.