US surveillance court denied few monitoring requests in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's super-secret intelligence court denied just nine of the more than 1,700 requests it received last year for government surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage cases, according to a report released Thursday that offers a rare glimpse into its work. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court received 1,752 applications for wiretaps and other surveillance in 2016.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW BETTER VETTING COULD BENEFIT WHITE HOUSE Trump boasts that he hires only the best people, but his personnel choices -- like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Carter Page -- keep coming back to haunt him. 2.

Trump boasts of hiring only the best, but picks haunt him

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump likes to boast that he hires only the best people. But his personnel choices keep coming back to haunt him. One of the people Trump hired for the White House was working as a foreign agent while advising him during the election. His campaign chairman caught the Justice Department's attention for similarly surreptitious work.

Former Trump campaign chairman to register as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, his spokesman said Wednesday. Manafort is the second Trump campaign adviser to have to register as a foreign agent since the election.

Report: US sought to monitor Trump adviser last summer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, The Washington Post has reported. Page is among the Trump associates under scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether his presidential campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Report: US sought to monitor Trump adviser last summer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Page is among the Trump associates under scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether his presidential campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as "fake news" and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.

Get up to speed on the probes into Russia, Trump campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as "fake news" and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. WHERE A PARTISAN SHOWDOWN LOOMS The full Senate awaits a showdown over a Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Senate Democrats have enough votes to block him, while Republicans will override them. 2. SUBWAY EXPLOSION IN RUSSIA KILLS 11 A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under St.

Trump campaign adviser met with Russian intel operative

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court filings. The Russian, Victor Podobnyy, was one of three men charged in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

Hands raised, Trump aides rush to try to testify on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Their reputations at risk, a coterie of President Donald Trump's associates caught up in the swirling debate about Trump and Russia are turning to a similar if unusual playbook: volunteering to testify to Congress, before even being asked. They are eager to come forward despite not having been compelled by subpoena to appear before the two committees investigating Russian meddling in the U.S. election and potential Trump campaign collusion.

The Latest: Russian state bank says it met with Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on contacts between President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russian officials (all times local): 4 p.m. A Russian state bank says it has met with President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of a series of meetings on future strategies.

Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, the Republican congressman said Monday. Nunes' revelation prompted the top Democrat on the committee, Rep.

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday. Jared Kushner has agreed to speak to the committee, which is conducting an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether there are any ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin, the White House said.